Maxwelton accidentally makes horse racing history with all-female executive | Ralph-Lauren

Must Read

Maxwelton, in Queensland’s north-west, is touting itself as having the state’s first horse racing club with an all-female executive board.

Newly elected president Tammy Bailey said the move was not deliberate.

“Like all small communities, if there aren’t volunteers, these events can’t happen,” Ms Bailey said.

A Racing Queensland spokesperson said there was no record of another all-female executive in its history.

Four women standing shoulder to shoulder, smiling broadly.
Megan Easton, Jade McKenzie, Tammy Bailey, and Kym Fox make up 2021 Maxwelton Races executive team.(Supplied: Tammy Bailey)

Maxi races rough history

Lifetime club member John Forster told the ABC in 2011 that locals in Maxwelton had been racing horses since the turn of the 20th century.

“I used to race, but my family has always raced — as far back as 1901,” Mr Forster said.

A black and white photo, faded to sepia, of a race meet in 1911. There are annotations on the picture identifying some punters.
Spectators gather around the Clutha races finishing post in 1911. Forty years later, the event would become the Maxwelton Races.(Supplied: Queensland State Archives)

He said the official Maxwelton Races began in 1950 as a way for amateur riders to compete.

“After World War II racing was booming in the west, but we needed some bush meetings that didn’t cost the young fellas much money,” Mr Forster said.

Three men wearing hats in a racing callbox.
Officials in the callbox for the 2011 Maxwelton Races, nicknamed “the last race”.(ABC North West Queensland: Lisa Kingsberry)

Since then, the annual event has struggled to attract volunteers and spectators.

A decade ago the meet was nicknamed “the last Maxi race” due to the lack of funding and support from state officials.

Although the committee found enough funding and support to continue but the races still ran into problems.

The Maxwelton Races have not run since 2017, with track maintenance, monsoonal floods and the pandemic leading to cancellations.

A little girl runs down a horse racing track, while a group of adults and other kids watch on.
The Maxwelton race track was deemed unsuitable for horses in 2018, but it was good enough for the kids to have a trot on.(ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)

‘Running with it’

The new executive team has planned this year’s event with a full five-race card.

The famous “Maxi-mile” foot races are also set to return.

Ms Bailey said she hoped the “girl-power” theme would encourage more people to lend a hand.

“We’re running with it,” Ms Bailey said.

“We’ve got a lot of working bees planned now until April 10.

Source link

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Proactive Parking Techniques to Deter Repossession

Introduction: In today's challenging economic climate, many individuals face the risk of having their vehicles repossessed due to financial difficulties....

More Articles Like This