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Order of Australia medal for Mr Mick Lombardo

06:02 AM 13 Jun 2011 NZST
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Mick Lombardo
Mick Lombardo

One of the stalwarts of the Australian harness racing industry, Mr Michele (Mick) Lombardo, has been been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours, released today. Mr Lombardo, of Bicton, Western Australia, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) "for service to the harness racing industry".

In congratulating Mr Lombardo today, the chairman of Harness Racing Australia (HRA), Mr Geoff Want said the award was richly deserved and would be warmly welcomed by the harness racing fraternity both in Australia and overseas.

“Mick Lombardo has played a significant role in the development of the Australian harness racing industry for almost four decades and has made an enormous contribution as an owner, breeder and administrator,” he said.

“Mick is passionate about harness racing, development of the standardbred breed, animal welfare and the people who are involved in the industry.”

Mr Lombardo ventured into ownership with the pacer Haddon Park in the early 1970s and many hundreds of horses have since passed through his stables and breeding properties. He and his wife Freda operate Lombo Standardbreds and are Australia’s largest owners and breeders. They are renowned for their devotion to the welfare of their horses.

He became a member of the Western Australian Trotting Association (WATA) in August 1976 and was made a life member of the organisation in 1991. In all, he served on the WATA committee for 12 years (1984-1991, 1998-2003) and is a past President (1989-1991).

Mr Lombardo represented Western Australia on the Australian Harness Racing Council – now HRA - for six years and served as Chairman (2002-2004). He has represented Australia at five world conferences and was made a life member of the International Trotting Association in 2009.

“Mick Lombardo has shown a passionate commitment to developing the Australian harness racing industry and he has been a benefactor to many who have participated in the business,” Geoff Want said.

“His commitment has far exceeded that expected of a voluntary administrator and he has sought neither compensation nor recognition. The Order of Australia Medal is however tangible recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Australian harness racing industry.”

Andrew KELLY

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