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Dick Osborn passes away

05:04 PM 02 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Hunter Valley trotting legend Richard “Dick” Osborn
Hunter Valley trotting legend Richard “Dick” Osborn

Hunter Valley trotting legend Richard "Dick" Osborn passed away on Monday aged 84.

He was one of if not the last link to the commencement of night time trotting in Newcastle. He followed his grandfather and father, who were pioneers of the sport in the Hunter Valley region in the early 1920s, into trotting.

Dick had his first drive at the age of 14 when he drove Our Pick to victory at a charity gymkhana at Maitland to celebrate the end of WW11 in 1945. He drove Garylyn to win at the first night meeting in Newcastle at the Broadmeadow Showground in 1949 and won 16 Hunter Valley driver's premierships and 17 trainers premiership's driving more than 1000 winners.

Dick and his wife Carmel were proud parents of 10 children, many of who have followed their father into harness racing. Josh Osborn, Dick's grandson, represents the fifth generation in the sport. Dick became the first harness/trotting person to be inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame, he also holds pride of place on the Newcastle Wall of Fame in the Museum.

Osborn was also active in the sport up until his early 80's as a supervisor at Cessnock trials.

On behalf of all the harness racing fraternity our deepest sympathies go out to Carmel and the extended Osborn family.

Funeral details will be announced soon.

Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

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