Services to racing brings NZ honour for NZ Racing Hall of Fame Director

Surprised and humbled by his unexpected Queen's Birthday Honour, Allan
Fenwick was delighted the award was in part also recognition of New
Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.


Mr Fenwick, who has semi-retired with wife Susan to Marton to be closer to
their daughter has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
"It was totally unexpected and I'm surprised" he said.


"In fact, because I was asked to keep it quiet until Queen's Birthday, only my
wife has known and I've been waiting until someone like you [media] called
to confirm it was still happening".


The honour was in recognition of his services to thoroughbred horse racing in
New Zealand, which has been a huge part of his working life.


Mr Fenwick has contributed to thoroughbred racing nationally and
internationally and for more than 30 years has held honorary and senior
positions in racing administration.


He was chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing from 1993 to
2005, during which time he oversaw a number of reforms.


This included the introduction of the Judicial Control Authority and the
establishment of a national racing bureau to manage all raceday entries,
payment of stakes and fees to owners, trainers and jockeys, as well as
overhauls of handicapping, training of apprentice jockeys, stud book
registrations and websites.


He has also been a board member of the TAB and New Zealand Racing
Authority. He was a member of the International Cataloguing Standards
Committee representing the Asian Racing Federation and has delivered
papers to forums overseas.

He has supported the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame since its inception
and continues today as a board member.


Mr Fenwick has been involved with the New Zealand Racehorse Owners
Federation for more than 40 years and was secretary and trials organiser for
the Manawatu Association between 1974 and 1986. In 2009 he again became
secretary.


He has been a board member of the New Zealand Equine Research
Foundation since 1993 and secretary since 2009.