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Grenfell Showground

Over the years there have been many locals who have dabbled in trotters.

Some of the earlier trainers around Grenfell being Barney Hayes, Reg Hodge, Andy Daley andTurkey Gee who trained regularly at the Grenfell Showground.

A committee was formed in town to establish the ‘Grenfell Harness Racing Club’ some of thefoundation members were Jim Creech, Murty Phillips, Adrian Hore, Joe Munck, Tom Hazell and Nev and Jo Condon, Keith Ritchie, George and Betty Hampton

They sought permission from the Grenfell Racecourse Trust and were then successful in establishing a trotting track inside the Showground’s racetrack.

This was all accomplished by generous voluntary labour , the first ‘Grenfell Harness Racing Club’meeting was held in the early nineteensixties.

A succession of people took up the required licenses to train and drive the trotters, Brian Brown, Michael Brown and their dad Dabber Brown along withNev Condon (who has spent a lifetime in the sport) Tom Hazell, likewise his son Don Hazell, John and Michael Nealon, John Downey, Frank Freudenstein, Bruce Joyce, Richard Hocking, Keith Ritchie, Rob Anderson, Les and Allen Scott, Mark Hewitt, Ken Wade, Herbie Young and his wife Jean, Geoff Logan, Allan Logan, Neville Logan, John O’Loughlin and alsoGraham Heathcote.

The Caragabal contingent comprised of locals Sid Hillier, Ross Noble and Larry McDonald.

The Grenfell Club, in its heyday, conducted three to five registered meetings with a monthly Sunday Gymkhana.

The highlight of the year was the Christmas Gymkhana with a free BBQ and refreshments for all to enjoy that often ran to dawn on the Monday mornings, these are no doubtlasting memories for all who were involved.

An interesting story regarding Sid Hillier taking two of his beloved horses to compete at the Temora Meeting on the Sydney Football Grand Final day.

Sid backed St George to win, and after much celebration after St George did win, Sid towed his horse float back to Caragabal, upon arriving home quite late in the evening, when he went to unload his horses and he discovered that he had left them back at Temora.

Sid tried to keep this incident a secret but it leaked out, more trotting and trainer stories to be told at a later date.

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