About Us

About Taranaki Racing

Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing prides itself on being one of the most innovative horse racing clubs in New Zealand, administering gallops and harness racing of the very highest standard at Pukekura Raceway.

We host 16 race days a year with each date offering a unique experience for our members, and hospitality guests, along with exciting marketing and promotional opportunities for our sponsors.

Heart stopping action, fun, entertainment.... it's all here at Pukekura Raceway!

Our Team

Carey Hobbs

Carey Hobbs

Chief Executive Officer

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Jo Kennedy

Jo Kennedy

Office Manager

 

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Wendy Sharrock

Wendy Sharrock

Bar Manager & Accounts Administrator

 

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Sonya Cole

Sonya Cole

Events, Marketing, & Sponsorship Coordinator

Sonya is in her sixth year as Events, Marketing, and Sponsorship Coordinator at Taranaki Racing.

She is sure her passion for racing came from her granddad who 'had horses' in the '50s and '60s, before she was even born but just seems to be in the blood. This love of the racing industry has only been strengthened through her role at Taranaki Racing Inc.

She is also proud shareholder of three horses, Effectav, Time Bomb, and Who's That Girl, and manages the syndicates which own them - Winners Circle and Girls Go Racing I & II.

Sonya strives to ensure that everyone who attends a race day or a race day event has a positive experience, and wants to keep coming back.

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Darren Goodin

Darren Goodin

Track Manager

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Vaughan Watson

Vaughan Watson

Chair

Taranaki Racing Board
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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Deputy Chair

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Noel Stanley

Noel Stanley

Deputy Chair

Taranaki Racing Board
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Steak Goodin

Steak Goodin

Taranaki Racing Board
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John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Taranaki Racing Board
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Murray Collins

Murray Collins

Taranaki Racing Board
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Ron Stanley

Ron Stanley

Taranaki Racing Board
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Dave Cambie

Dave Cambie

Taranaki Racing Board

Dave's first introduction to racing was through his father who was the Treasurer of the Hawera Trotting Club. He became a steward at the 'Hawera Trots' 1960. He progressed to a track steward, a role he held for 12 years, before returning to racing in 1990 and onto the committee of the HHRC.

A move from South Taranaki in 1997 saw him join the Taranaki Trotting Club, where he became president in 2000 and held that position until a merger with the Taranaki Racing Club in 2011, where he gained a seat on the Taranaki Racing Club board representing the Harness ward.

He purchased some yearlings in 1992 and gained a trainers licence in the same year. He still actively trains a few standardbreds, and in 2013 was awarded the Owner Trainer of the Year award.

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Fiona Longeau

Fiona Longeau

Taranaki Racing Board
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