Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
September 28, 2015
Prodigal Seelster CSBA Summer of Speed Series
December 5, 2014
2015 NZSBA Cup Eve Function
November 25, 2015
Life Members announced in Southland
May 10, 2014
Congratulations to Jan Holms and Brendan Fahy who were honoured with a life membership to the Southland Standardbred Breeders' Association (SSBA) at a function held at Ascot Park Hotel in early April.
Both were surprised to be awarded life membership but very thrilled that their years on the committee were recognised. Jan Holms has served on the committee of SSBA for 27 years; in this time she heard many people talking of their successes in harness racing, something that eluded her. Jan always said to the committee “all I want to do is win a race so I can get a dress rug”. The committee took heed to Jan’s request and in 1996 when she retired from her position as secretary was presented with a dress rug with her name on it. She held the position of secretary for 8 years.
Jan bred and raced horses for 25 years or more before she had her first winner, which was Gutsell in 2001. Since then she has won with Mussulman (2003), Maginnes Magee (2008) and Jocasta(2013). At present she is racing Jag’s Invasion and looking forward to Jelly Bean starting his racing career. The pickings have been lean for Jan, but she loves the industry and is looking forward to the day when she owns a star.
Brendan Fahy – from Cape Reinga to Bluff, B J Fahy is well known to many. Brendan has been a very successful breeder and owner over a number of years, with his foundation mares being Sentimental Reason and Sentimental Belle. These two mares and their progeny have produced 27 individual winners for 65 wins in New Zealand. Brendan has bred and raced horses of the calibre of Stands to Reason (Group 1 Sires Stakes Final), Rakanra, Rakalees, Rakarebel, Rakabolt and his present stable star in Raksdeal.
Brendan joined SSBA after being approached by the late “Ossie” Hunter (also a life member) to join the committee, as they needed to bring in younger members with new bloodlines. He served one term as president during his 29 years on the SSBA committee and states that he is not ready to be retired yet as the SSBA meetings are enjoyable and you gain a wealth of knowledge there.
He was appointed to the NZ Sires Stakes Board – a position he thoroughly enjoyed. Brendan is also on the committee of the Southland Harness Awards, Caduceus Club, Oaks and Supremacy and Wyndham HRC.