Gibbs in hall of fame

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

the bi­en­nial event has seen a to­tal of 37 hu­man and equine stars listed on the roll of hon­our for supreme ex­cel­lence.

Jim’s in­duc­tion caps a life­time in rac­ing that be­gan as a 12 year old.

He rode his first win­ner as a 14 year old but his ap­pren­tice­ship was im­pacted on by in­creas­ing weight, which led to him ex­celling as a jumps jockey in his late teens. A jumper by the name of Cre­tan ush­ered in Jim’s train­ing ca­reer when he sad­dled up and rode the grey to vic­tory in the 1962 Waikato Hur­dles.

‘‘When I was an ap­pren­tice with Bob Martin, I was paid £1 a week,’’ Jim re­calls. ‘‘I had come out of my ap­pren­tice­ship with a lump sum pay­ment of £18391⁄ on top of my per­sonal sav­ings and I put that in the bank earn­ing 3 per cent in­ter­est. By my early twen­ties I knew I had to look at an

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