JOCKEY Dan Ballard is the new Mount Isa Race Club president, having replaced Peter Inwood during last Friday’s annual general meeting.
Ballard is the 2015-16 Queensland Country Jockey Premiership jockey, and although will continue to race is determined to “compartmentalise” his jockey and president roles.
“To my best knowledge I’m the first jockey to be president of a race club, I don’t want to give anyone a reason to question that I could work effectively as a jockey and a race club president,” Mr Ballard said.
“We have got a race meeting in two weeks time, my next move is to liaison with Queensland Racing and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, that we’re right and we’ve ticked all the boxes.
“One thing I would like to achieve in my time is to increase the community ownership of the club...but also members feel their input is valued and actioned.”
Mr Ballard wanted more upgrades for the race club, and would do what he could to seek funding. He praised the collaboration between the club and the work for the dole program when Mr Inwood was president which reduced costs.
The nine member committee is “entirely new” except for Donna Cole and Annie Cremer.
The new vice-president is Mick Tully, Mrs Cole is treasurer and Tammy Parry is secretary. The rest of the committee is made up of racecaller James Coghlan, Cameron Moore, Jay Morris, Annie Cremer and Mel See.
They held their first committee meeting at Buchanan Park on Tuesday night.
In the outgoing president’s report, Peter Inwood said the club was successful in the 2015-16 season, with 15 race meetings strongly supported by the community. Horse and trainer numbers also grew.
“Unfortunately this success was not duplicated in the administration, compliance or committee operations of the club.
“The constant division, undermining and disunity that has been apparent for the previous few years reached all time lows during the year,” Mr Inwood said.
“Any attempts to operate the race club as the business that it is are met with outrage and refusal to change.”