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Dumesny appointed HRNSW Chief Executive

01:03 PM 31 Jul 2014 NZST
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John Dumesny - has been appointed CEO of HRNSW

The Board of Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr John Dumesny as its new Chief Executive.

The HRNSW Chairman Mr Rex Horne announced the appointment this morning.

“The process has been extensive and involved a sub-committee of the Board, which met on numerous occasions, to review the long list of candidates presented by Watermark International”, Mr Horne said.

The full Board met on Tuesday and interviewed the final four candidates. It was subsequently decided to offer the position to Mr Dumesny.

Mr Dumesny has a long and distinguished career in harness racing. He commenced with the New South Wales Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC) in 1988.

He has been Chief Executive of the Club since 2004 and prior to that was the Racing Manager from 1988 to 2004.

John was the driving force behind the sale of Harold Park in 2010 and the extensive upgrade of the Menangle Park facility to world class status.

Mr Horne went on to say that without John’s drive and passion much of what we have today would never have occurred.

“We have a world class track and associated facilities, higher prizemoney and a much stronger industry”, he said

“The Board believes that John will bring similar drive and passion to HRNSW”.

Mr Dumesny commences with HRNSW on Monday 1 September.


John Dumesny will be leaving his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club to take up the position of Chief Executive of Harness Racing NSW effective from 1 September 2014.

John joined the staff at our Club in 1988 as Racing Manager, and remained in that role until 2004, at which time he took up his current position of Chief Executive Officer. John has also filled positions as a Director and secretary of Australian Pacing Gold and as the Club’s representative on the Harness Racing Clubs Committee.

John has provided 26 years of dedicated service to the Club and the industry during which time he has shown a great passion for the sport of harness racing and an unrivalled work ethic.

John has a great knowledge of harness racing, and his experience and management expertise have ensured that he is acknowledged as a respected leading administrator in our industry. John has many achievements to his name during his time at our Club, but the most significant is his leading role in the sale of Harold Park and the relocation of the principal club to Tabcorp Park Menangle.

His vision and drive ensured that a sale was achieved that has consolidated the financial future of both the Club and the industry. He has also overseen the development of the Menangle Park precinct with the construction of the track, administration building, stables and grandstand. As a result of his efforts we now have a world class facility and a financial platform that ensures the future viability of harness racing.

While John has always given his unqualified commitment to our Club, he has also recognised that the Club is part of a broader industry. While his resignation is a great loss for our Club, I am sure that he will apply his skills and knowledge in his new role at Harness Racing New South Wales to continue the development of harness racing in our state.

On behalf of the Board, staff and Members of our Club I thank John for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the best for the future.


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