The New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame was established in 2003 with the inaugural event announcing the first of our inductees held in 2006.
 
Since then 75 horses and people have been inducted to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame. Each inductee is celebrated with a short video clip detailing their story and success. These can be viewed on our Inductee Videos page.

Every two years, a new group of inductees are announced and celebrated at an induction dinner event. Our next dinner will be held on 3rd May 2020. For information on our event or to book tickets, click here.

Objectives

  • To recognise and honour those whose achievements have enriched the New Zealand thoroughbred industry.
  • To increase national and international interest and participation in New Zealand racing.
  • To develop a prestigious event that has unique appeal to the general public as well as racing enthusiasts.
  • To enhance the image and brand of the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame event.
  • Inductees are chosen from right across New Zealand thoroughbred history, in two categories, Horses and People.
  • The selection panel comprised journalists, historians and industry professionals.

Selection Criteria

Inductees are chosen from across New Zealand's thoroughbred history and industry in two categories:
Horses, and People

The Selection Committee - made up of recognised journalists, historians, and industry professionals - use set criteria to prioritise and select outstanding contributions to New Zealand thoroughbred racing that now need to be recognised.

Board Members

Chairperson

Cherry Taylor - Cambridge
Cherry and her husband Brent are co-owners of Trelawney Stud near Cambridge. Trelawney is a famous thoroughbred nursery set up and operated by inductee Seton Otway and his family. Cherry has had a life long involvement with the racing industry and is a well-known bloodstock advisor with her own company C N Taylor Consulting.

Previous Chairman

Chris Luoni - Hamilton

Chris was appointed Chairman in 2012 and retired in 2019. He is an independent company director and business owner and is a retired partner in the international accounting firm - Price Waterhouse Coopers. Chris is a horse breeder and has raced horses such as Balrani (Group II winner) and home-bred Listed stakes winners Ma Danseuse and Oliverdance. Chris is a Past Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award and President of Governance New Zealand - NZ's oldest chartered governance organisation. Chris is currently the International Representative representing Governance New Zealand on the International Council of The Chartered Governance Institute. Chris is also a former National Councillor and Executive Member of the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Inaugural Chairman

Gerald Fell MNZM - Taupo
Gerald retired as the inaugural Chairman of the Board in October 2012. Gerald and his son Duncan are owners of Fairdale Stud - New Zealand's oldest family-owned commercial thoroughbred Stud. Gerald and his late brother Rex have previously stood many successful stallions at stud including champion sire Pakistan. Gerald has raced many outstanding horses including Ajasco, Plume and Tall Poppy and has been responsible for breeding the winners of 36 Group One races and over 200 Stakes winners in 14 countries. Gerald has held significant roles within NZ Thoroughbred Racing, NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association, NZ Racing Conference, and within racing clubs and committees. In recognition of his lifetime involvement, Gerald was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Racing and Breeding.

Executive Officer

Michelle Brock - Cambridge
Michelle has an interest in the racing industry and provides administration and management functions to the Hall of Fame, including managing gala events, project co-ordination, and documentation for the Board.

Current Directors

Russell Warwick - Matamata
Russell is the studmaster at Westbury Stud which has operations at Karaka and Matamata. Russell is a former Chairman of the Auckland Racing Club.

Steve Davis - Cambridge
Steve is an internationally acclaimed bloodstock auctioneer who undertakes auctioneering duties at Karaka, and in Australia and South Africa. Steve also undertakes television work for Trackside and is Chairman of the Selection Committee.

Paul Moroney - Matamata
Paul is an international bloodstock consultant who has selected and purchased a large number of outstanding racehorses from multiple Group One winner Happyanunoit to more recently the Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul. Paul has previously trained in partnership with brother Mike and has been involved in the New Zealand racing industry for over 25 years.

Allan Fenwick ONZM - Marton
Allan is a former chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and was previously a partner in the national accounting firm – Ernst & Young. Allan has a wealth of knowledge on the New Zealand racing industry and has been a Director of the TAB, Racing Board and Committeeman of the Manawatu Racing Club. He has bred and/or raced many successful horses, mostly in syndicates, including Plume. Allan is a member and Secretary of the Selection Committee and was honoured by the Queen in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.


Chris Doak - Hamilton
Chris established Canterbury Park Farm - a Cambridge based boutique horse farm - in partnership with partner and ex-jockey Rosie Ealden. The farm has produced a number of group winners including champion Hong Kong horse Egyptian Ra.

Chris was previously stable foreman for Dave and Jan Kerr racing stable based at Riccarton and has held management positions in the electricity sector, been CEO of Hamilton International Airport, and has led regional tourism in the central North Island Waikato region. Chris continues to play a lead role in the development of the Hall of Fame's multi-media strategy.

Mark Chitty - South Auckland
Mark is a qualified veterinarian and is the owner of the internationally respected stud farm - Haunui Farm.  Mark is a former National Councillor and Deputy Chairman of New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Debra Gates - Matamata
Debra is part of the well known O’Sullivan racing family. After practising as a veterinarian for many years followed by an executive management position at Shoof, she now operates Matamata Saddlery in partnership with her husband, Peter. Debra has served on the Board of the Vet Association and chaired the Business Management Committee.

Justine Sclater - Matamata
Justine has had a lifetime involvement in the New Zealand Thoroughbred industry, a passionate thoroughbred breeder who owns and operates a thoroughbred agistment farm Kirkwall Thoroughbreds in Te Poi, Matamata. A regular yearling vendor at Karaka Sales she also owns a small broodmare band and several racehorses. Currently, Justine’s role is as the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association based in Cambridge.

Philip Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award

In February 2014 the NZRHF Board announced the establishment of the Philip Leishman Media Racing Awareness Award which has as its objective “to improve the awareness of mainstream media people in the NZ horse breeding and racing industries”. This Award was established to honour our founding director and media personality - the late Phillip Leishman ONZM.

This special tribute to Phillip was played at our 2014 induction event.

Recipients of the award to date are:
2015 - Indie Leishman - TVNZ 
2016 - Vanessa Veart-Smith - Country TV
2018 - Guy Heveldt - TVNZ