David Butler – President(Wife: Joy)
Commercial and Property Lawyer, Eastbourne. A senior partner of Gillespie Young Watson . Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1985. Actively involved in racing and breeding thoroughbreds for over 20 years. Legal adviser over that period to owners, trainers and studs. Part owner of French Polish and co-breeder of group winners Dollars N Gold and Madison Point. Member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.I believe the success and prosperity of the Club are dependent on it consistently providing an enjoyable experience for members, owners, trainers and race-goers. That will only be achieved through quality racing and quality facilities. I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my skills and experience to a progressive committee committed to those goals.
Wayne Guppy - Vice President(Wife: Sue)
A former pharmacist for 20 years, operating several large pharmacies in the Upper Hutt area, I am currently the Mayor of Upper Hutt. I have been a Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1981. Also a Member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
I have raced horses successfully in Australia with friends and am currently a small time breeder with several horses in training at Trentham. As a Committee Member, I would be committed to ensuring Trentham becomes the number one premier track in the country.
We also need to integrate the Trentham track and Wellington Racing Club into the greater Wellington region so that the whole region benefits from having the number one galloping track within their reach. This can be achieved.
Ross Meo - Committee
Company Director. Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1973. Executive Committee Member, Wellington Branch - New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Member of Syndicates that have raced horses.
My aims as a Committee Member would be to firstly ensure the Club has a strong financial base enabling it to provide the very best of racing at Trentham.
To see an increase in the Club’s Membership particularly the 20-30 years of age group. To ensure that the facilities for Members, Owners and Trainers are maintained to current standard and improved where possible.
Mike Curtis - Committee(Wife: Patsy)
Co - Founder and a Director of Wellington Accountancy Practice, Curtis McLean Limited. I specialise in strategic planning and business management.
A recent member of the Wellington Racing Club, but keen follower of racing since 1967. Weaned into racing with the Central Districts Jackpots of the 60’s As a keen follower of sport, I see racing competing for the entertainment dollar.
Trentham must not only continue to attract older patrons, but must position itself as an entertainment destination for the generation of patrons lost to racing. This can only be achieved through a strong financial base and promoting premier racing and fun times.
Ray Southey - Committee(Wife: Geri )
Managing Partner. Member of Wellington Racing Club since 1973. Lifetime involvement in Racing, active owner and Breeder for 30 years. Member of Masterton Racing committee for over 20 years. 2 periods as President, current vice president Wairarapa Harness Club and trustee Masterton Licensing Trust Trentham is the premier racecourse in New Zealand and we must continue with recent program and improvements, and be aware of the needs and concerns of all involved in the industry form members, owners, trainers, punters and the importance of sponsors.
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I have grown up in the Wellington region and have been attending race days at Trentham since an early age. I am married to Andrea and we have three children.I currently work in the Telecommunications industry where I hold a senior Commercial role, having previously been the Finance Director for a Multi National IT company.As a Chartered Accountant and having served on a number of Boards I believe I have a skill set and experience that will benefit the Wellington Racing Club.I have been a volunteer and served on numerous Sports organizations and School boards acting as Treasurer as well as have coaching and management roles.
I have discovered a real love for the racing with a group of friends over the last few years and I travel to Melbourne every year for the spring carnival.I would love to see the Wellington Racing Club prosper and grow, and be part of Wellington’s event culture as an experience that everyone can be part of and enjoy.
Des Coppins - Committee(Wife - Mary)
Des has been working in racing for much of his life.He was involved in his earlier racing years as a statistician/form compiler for the best Bets in Auckland before moving to Wellington in the 1970's where he joined the INL group of companies to become a racing writer for NZ Truth and Friday Flash before being appointed Editor of Friday Flash. He held that position for 14 years before the company shifted the publication to Auckland . Today Des is director of his company Des Coppins Racing and Marketing Ltd and for a time worked under contract in the sales and marketing for the Radioworks (Mediaworks) hosting (Tracktalk) on Radio Pacific.These days Des runs the talk-back racing show on Radio Trackside each Sunday and does a few other shifts on radio during the week as well as co-presenting the First Call on Trackside each Saturday. He runs a very succesful tipping line (0900 45459) . Des has been in syndicates that have raced many horses and has over 50 wins with the most succesful being the Group Two winner Soap Opera. He is married to Mary and has 3 live in nephews and Mimi the dog ( 2.2.kg miniature pinscher).
Colin Dallas – Committee(partner: Jane)
My involvement with racing came about when a group of new owners got together to race in a syndicate of horses about 15 years ago. This along with the pure interest of the horse racing industry gave me an insight as to how much fun and excitement you can gain once you are involved. As a Committee Member this is a great opportunity for me to meet new friends and to share in the overall passion for this sport. Wellington being the vibrant city that it is, allows people the opportunity to see the 7’s rugby and to enjoy the Wellington Cup Carnival all in the space of a few weeks which helps add to the excitement that makes Wellington the place we all love to live in.
Part of what I would like to see happen as I get more involved with racing at Trenthan, is to see younger people raising their hand and wanting to either become new members or taking an ownership of a horse. The excitement is just something that can be enjoyed immeasurably. I look forward to working with a great committee of people who share similar interests and goals.
Lyndsey O'Reilly- Committee(profile to come)
John Anderson- Committee(profile to come)
Betty CondrenJeff DrinkwaterGraeme FreemanCatherine ReidJessica MeechAndrew PrestonLuciana De GoldiSam Walker
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