Rac­ing Re­pays Anne’s Ded­i­ca­tion

Anne Hall (left) is pre­sented the Si­mon Nivi­son Spe­cial Achieve­ment Award by Caro­line Searcy (co-host) and Bob Pavitt (Chair­man, Rac­ing NSW Coun­try)

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Mark Bras­sel • Im­ages from Steve Hart

One of the big win­ners dur­ing last month’s NSW Coun­try & Pro­vin­cial Rac­ing Awards night was Anne Hall from Gil­gan­dra, who picked up the pres­ti­gious Si­mon Nivi­son Spe­cial Achieve­ment Award. Anne has been a tire­less worker in and around the Cen­tral & Western Rac­ing Dis­tricts for around three decades and was the re­cip­i­ent of the award given to a per­son that has gone above and be­yond in their ef­forts to im­prove and de­velop coun­try rac­ing in New South Wales. Ben Walker, from the Dubbo Lib­eral, re­ported that Anne Hall cur­rently serves as Sec­re­tary-trea­surer of the Gil­gan­dra and Men­dooran clubs, is Sec­re­tary of the Western Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WRA) and has been a swab­bing stew­ard since 1992. “I've been in­volved with rac­ing since 1985 and I have loved ev­ery minute of it,” Anne said. “I have al­ways loved horses but when the Western Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of­fice shifted to Gil­gan­dra, I hounded John Smith to give me some work. “John's train­ing taught me so much and I’m just lucky that I’ve been able to be in­volved since then. I wish I had started ear­lier be­cause you meet so many good peo­ple. “That's why I love the swab­bing, be­cause you meet peo­ple and I still get to work with the horses as well. I’m 69 this year so I’m go­ing to scale back a bit, be­cause I have some things I want to do and spend some more time with my fam­ily.” Anne’s award was re­ceived on the same night that her close friend, Gil­gan­dra race­caller Bob Foran, was given a spe­cial achieve­ment award in hon­our of his 60 Gil­gan­dra Cup calls, and Greg Ryan was an­nounced as the Coun­try Jockey of the Year. Anne said, “We've been go­ing to the awards for a num­ber of years now and when they read my name out I was speech­less. It’s a pretty pres­ti­gious award and I didn’t think I was wor­thy of win­ning it, but some­one ob­vi­ously did and nom­i­nated me. I’m still over the moon about it to tell you the truth.

“To re­ceive an award on the same night as Bob and Greg were recog­nised and won their awards was a great thrill as well. We're all very proud of Greg and what he has achieved and Bob is a won­der­ful gen­tle­man. “He was not well on the night and his daugh­ter Bob­bie was there to ac­cept his award.”




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