Highly successful businessman, Alan Neumann, has resigned from his position as president of the Ashburton Trotting Club after 27 long years on the committee.
“I only had one more year left as president, and I am going to be overseas a lot during this year, so I thought it was in the best interest of the club,” said Neumann.
“It’s time to give the young fellas ago,” he laughed
Neumann, who operates both The Tyre General and Neumanns tyres, has been involved with horse ownership for a number of years, with his main claim to fame being Tyron Scottie, who won 21 races for Neumann and local Ashburton trainer Patrick O’Reilly in the late 1980’s.
“I am still heavily in ownership and have horses in work with Patrick O’Reilly, Robert Dunn and Greg & Nina Hope.
“They tell me I have a few nice up and comers so we will see what transpires.”
Neumann, who sponsored a race at the Harness Jewels earlier this year, said he would continue to sponsor races at Ashburton including the Group 3 Hambletonian Classic.
“I will still be hanging round and helping out where I can, that is for sure.”
While Neumann said there had been many highlights during his time at the Ashburton Trotting Club, including some great editions of the Ashburton Flying Stakes, the Harness Jewels do stand out for him.
“I had butterflies in my stomach before the first Harness Jewels. They are just such exciting races and it has been great for Ashburton.”
“I love mile racing and I think it is especially important for fillies and mares, and there is no better place for it than Ashburton.”
Neumann said that the Ashburton Trotting Club currently have plenty going on and are in the process of selling off some valuable land.
“I am confident I am leaving the club in a very good place,” concluded Neumann.
by Mitchell Robertson