Scone & Aberdeen Women Thoroughbred Racing Pioneers

Scone & Aberdeen Women Thoroughbred Racing Pioneers

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

“Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and some have greatness thrust upon them”

There is no doubt that both Betty Shepherd and Carol Bowen paved the way for other women to excel in the until-then male dominated world of thoroughbred racing. Betty achieved national renown through her prodigious deeds with the legendary ‘Trevors’ in 1966 claiming many ‘first-ever’ titles. Carol’s foray was a generation later but no less ground-breaking.

Both Carol and Betty shared much in common; including supporting punting partners and husbands! Each rode their charges in track-work and were highly skilled in their own right. Today there are many more female jockeys, trainers and strappers enjoying the fruits of success in the highly competitive world of racing. Well done emancipation pioneers Carol and Betty!

Scone Race Club Meeting @ White Park 21st August 1993

Scone Race Club Meeting @ White Park 21st August 1993

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

This was among the last race meetings before closure of the White Park Track in October 1994. We paid tribute to Mrs Grace Fahey who had been a wonderful servant and employee of the Scone Race Club for 20 years. Mrs Fahey was appointed both before and during my tenure as President of the Scone Race Club. She was as reliable as clockwork, as honest as the day is long and forever courteous. I would call her ‘ideal’. I do not recall any absentee request? We provided Mrs Fahey with her own eyrie just inside the main gate into White Park. It was a renovated outside dunny; but there was never any complaint!

The result of the first race could not have been better scripted. A horse ‘Blue Sound’ trained by Tommy Ollerton, ridden by his apprentice son Malcolm and owned by local accountant Keith MacCallum was victorious. It is unlikely this scenario would or could be repeated today? Although prizemoney has escalated exponentially the costs and other expenses associated with racehorse ownership have risen in harmony. In 2020 the vast majority of registered racehorses have a multitude of owners to meet these greatly enhanced fees and charges.

Scone Chamber of Commerce 1993

Scone Chamber of Commerce 1993

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and some have greatness thrust upon them”; William Shakespeare; ‘Malvolio’ in Twelth Night

This was a quite ‘disparate’ cadre of people with differing origins and backgrounds. However something they have all shared is success in civilian life across a wide range of disciplines. Peter is from a scion grazing family. Helen has achieved high accolades and rewards in racing administration and related activities. Graham, Merton and Paul all established outstanding retail and wholesale outlets in Scone. The three ‘professionals’ are lawyer Ross Cole, now a leading light with Darley/Godolphin and Accountants Chris Sam and Noel Leckie. The latter became an iconic President of the Scone Race Club.

Vic Brown & Lone Pine 1995

Vic Brown & Lone Pine 1995

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

WWI veteran Vic Brown was a veritable local legend.  It’s significant that he is accompanied in the image above by Mrs Janet Barton (plus John Brooks). I believe Vic was a great help to Janet in her garden at ‘Geraldton’; where Sarah and I now reside. Sarah is doing a wonderful job having ‘inherited’ the pristine parkland. I’m relegated to occasional but not always tractable labourer and willing hand mower. I’m forbidden to use the sit-on mower. I’ve been known to wreck things. The latter is not good at shaving rocks; and I’m too heavy anyway!

Waltzing Matilda @ Scone Grammar School 1995

Waltzing Matilda @ Scone Grammar School 1995

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

David Magoffin established himself as the historical and musical guru of the true origins of Australia’s unofficial National Anthem. Did he know that Banjo Paterson had been a regular visitor to Scone 100 years ago? He first came to play Polo against the locals in 1892.

See: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/banjo-polo-and-scone/

Scone Advocate Editors 1995

Scone Advocate Editors 1995

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

This is an elite camarilla of talent; now confined to the scrap-heap of history with the very recent ‘failure’ (after c. 140 years) of the Scone Advocate as a print newspaper. ‘Them were indeed the days’?

Scone Chamber of Commerce & Industry Heritage Committee 1994

Scone Chamber of Commerce & Industry Heritage Committee 1994

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

Was this the forerunner of the Scone CBD Revitalisation Committee? Take note of the volunteer labour working on the day! It may be that their commendable creation and estimable energy will be sacrificed when the new plan for Kelly Street revitalisation and enhancement is activated?

Scone Horse Week Committee 1994

Scone Horse Week Committee 1994

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

The Scone Horse Week concept emerged from the already established Scone Thoroughbred Week in the late 1970s. The latter was based on two days Scone Thoroughbred Sales (Monday/Tuesday) and two days Scone Cup Races (Wednesday/Thursday) begun initially in 1947. This model was extraordinarily successful and continues today albeit the sales have diminished in stature and were not held at Scone in COVID-contaminated 2020.

The Horse Week Committee was arguably at its zenith in 1994 with a very wide and influential cross section of the community intimately involved. I believe it is much more difficult today to attract a truly viable volunteer committee?

Scone Race Club Opening Day @ Satur Track Friday18th November 1994

Scone Race Club Opening Day @ Satur Track Friday18th November 1994

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

As depicted in the Featured Image new records were established on this day. All things considered everything went off very smoothly.

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Scone Race Club: Official Opening of Satur Racetrack 1994

Scone Race Club: Official Opening of Satur Racetrack 1994

Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001

As recorded by the late Harley Walden in his seminal “The Spirit Within”: ‘Scone’s Racing History’ this was one of the great occasions in the history of the sport, club, township and district marking the culmination of historical achievement in the 150 year long evolutionary process. There were many bumps along the way but the final product is superb. It guarantees longevity for the ages. This was not always the case?