Committee Spotlight: Ann Tapp

Ann Tapp
As a small child I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who had a strong connection to country life and spent a great deal of time in beautiful Gloucester rounding up cattle on horseback and weekends at Pony Club.
I was educated at Arden School at Beecroft and my senior school years were spent at Wenona School for Girls completing my Higher School Certificate in 1968.

In 1969 I worked at Hayes Advertising at McMahons Point as a media assistant and finally became the media manager of this boutique organisation.  From there I moved on to the 2GB/Macquarie network in a promotional role to begin with, ending up in the sales team as an account executive.  It was at this time that I met my future husband, John. Many nights were spent at Harold Park Paceway during our courting stage where John was the course commentator.  In 1978 we bought a property in Sydney’s west where we bred, trained and raced our own standarbreds.

Our daughter Rebecca was born at the end of 1981 and was only 8 days old when she attended her first harness racing event – Fairfield Trials on a Wednesday.
At the beginning of 1986 John had a very serious race fall,  2GB dropped Racing and our property was bought by the Government for Sydney’s 2nd airport.  These three events saw us move to Galston, cease training horses and John moving across to Radio 2UE with more responsibilies to the Channel 9 newsroom plus presenting on Sky Channel.
We were away from our beautiful Standardbreds for 9 years.  During that time John was very busy with his media commitments and I spent my days between school activites (as a Mum) running the family business and fundraising for different charities, such as the Variety Club and diabetes Australia to mention a few. Many of the fund raising functions were held at Harold Park on a racenight.  The  Executive of the NSW harness Racing Club at Harold Park were always very generous with providing their magnificent function room and John and I forged a strong relationship with them which exists to this day.  Over a period of about 10 years we were able to raise approximately 1 million dollars for various charities – something that would not have been possible without the support of then CEO of the NSW Harness Racing Club Peter Vlandys (Now CEO of Racing NSW) and the current CEO of Harness Racing NSW, Mr. John Dumesny.

In year 2000, we bought 25 acres at Ebenezer where we established our own training complex and operated from there right up to the end of 2016, –  Back with the Standardbreds we love so much.  During that time a yearling Standardbred came to us and he would give us the time of our lives.  Winning the Bathurst Gold Crown as a 2yo he went through his classes and was racing at Interdominion level as an eight year old accruing $650,000 in prizemoney along the way.  He is now a show horse and registered with the SPPHA.”

Ann pictured with Debra Holt and Chariot King at Luddenham Annual Ag Show 2017

Member Showcase: Anli Alexander

Here is Anli’s story on her horse Miss Y (race name Ellomagic)

I bought my first own horse in Sweden in 1991, a big grey trotter. I was 13 years old. Since then i have owned alot of Standardbreds, bought and retrained to sell on. I got the horses cheap of the trotting trainers . I bought a warmblood once but sold it shortly after and found another Standardbred. I love them because of their versatility and temperament. I competed successfully in dressage , showjumping and endurance in Sweden. Here in Australia i been doing dressage and shows
About a year and a half ago I was on the hunt for a Standardbred to show . A lady in town said she had a lovely mare to sell. I never went to look at her as my friend gave me another Standardbred gelding for free. This year I was once again on the hunt so i contacted the lady in town to see of she still had the mare .. and she did. So drove over to look at her and bough her.

Missy was only broken in and hardly ridden when i bought her so were still in training. We do dressage training and a bit of jumping. Our groundwork is straightness training. I only just started show her and she won champion at her first show. We also do trail rides and lots of cuddles.Missy is cuddly and quiet!

Bathurst Gold Crown 2017

SPPHA NSW had the exciting opportunity to showcase our Standardbreds in Life After Racing at the Bathurst Gold Crown on Saturday 25th March 2017.

We showcased a number of SPPHA NSW members horses:

Judy Frisby & Im Blue Double Dee

Sal Scott & Atomic Soky

Amanda Triandopoulos & Diamond Park Khaleesi 

Margo Bailey & Gold Claim

Debbie Holt & Chariot King

Kate Dumesny & Mac the Finn

David & What A Drive

Thank you to all who stopped by the SPPHA NSW stand on the night and supported our raffle!

A huge thank you to Bathurst Harness Racing Club & Harness Racing NSW for your support with SPPHA NSW Life After Racing.

Thank you for the following businesses and individuals who donated to our raffle on the night

Bathurst Harness Racing Club
Bedwells Saddlery
Ashlee Grives
Piper Bistro Bathurst
Mitavite