Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Marburg Event a Special Day

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Marburg Event a Special Day

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Denis Smith

THE Marburg Charity Race day last Saturday was a big success.

Wet weather did not help, but there was a fair sprinkling of new faces among the crowd.

Our star attraction, disabled rider Phoebe Roche, gave a neat display of her dressage skills aboard her warm blood cross gelding Comet. She went through her paces under the watchful eye of her coach Cathy Binz.

The racing was top quality.

Bronze Ecstasy, driven by Amy Rees for her father Mark, won the Phoebe Roche Fundraiser Stakes in the smart mile rate of 2.04 and change.

Bronze Ecstasy went on to win at Albion Park on Tuesday, confirming the Marburg form with a blistering 1-57.4 performance.

The fundraising was equally successful with a total of $1820 from the raffle and cash donations.

Canteen volunteer Sharlene Russell won first prize of a case of wine.

Phoebe, her mum Shaneen and good old Comet will be going to the Special Olympics, scheduled for Melbourne in October.

The Marburg Pacing Association wishes "Team Roche'' every success.

Thanks to the Advertiser, Queensland Times and Gatton Star newspapers which gave us great coverage and really put the fundraiser on the road to success.

Sporty couple

AN interesting view of the Ipswich Cup comes from Mrs Cochrane, who with her husband Ron, were first time attendees at the big gallops day.

The Cochranes have been Ipswich residents for the last five months since "crossing the ditch''.

They are determined to attend every sporting venue in the greater Ipswich footprint.

Mrs Cochrane found the Fashions In The Field to be a high class event with the ladies sporting the latest in elegant style.

She reports that many in the crowd were delighted to see that the top award went to an Ipswich lady, as apparently either Brisbane or the Gold Coast supplies the winner on most occasions.

Crowd numbers were good, and marquees plentiful.

Ron Cochrane was also delighted. He backed the winner of the Cup.

Best of all, the Cochranes are coming to the Marburg race meeting on July 12.

We must do our best to see that they become regular patrons.

Strategic plan

RACING Queensland has announced a strategic plan to be implemented until June 2017.

The plan contains eight primary objectives:

(1) Building a passion for our sport;

(2) Creating a compelling racing product;

(3) Increasing and diversifying revenue streams;

(4) Becoming a data-driven and technology-led industry;

(5) Championing animal welfare;

(6) Investing in infrastructure;

(7) Celebrating our people; and

(8) Upholding integrity.

There should have been a ninth primary objective aiming at a brighter future for hobbyists. However, it seems to have been overlooked. …

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