Gladstone Turf Club.
Gladstone Turf Club. Tom Huntley

Committee ensures Gladstone Turf Club is in good hands

THE Gladstone Turf Club was established in 1869 and has been looked after by volunteer members since.

Old timers tell tales of when Ferguson Park had 52 race meetings a year - one every Saturday.

It seems hard to believe but racing has always been an integral part of the Gladstone community.

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers over the years Ferguson Park has become an important part of Gladstone's social life.

The Gladstone Turf Club committee has remained relatively unchanged over the past five years.

As one member stands down there is always someone to take their place.

The committee are volunteer members who have a passion for horse racing.

This committee has been driven by strong local support.

Secretary Judy Weinert said two race events are held every race day and the committee aims to cater for the owners, trainers, jockeys, strappers, stewards etc as well as the patrons.

She said while the committee has already made big improvements at the track, there is still much to be done.

"We have plans for future expansion, but we are always conscious of the fact that the horses and trainers come first - the facilities provided for them must be compliant with safety standards of Racing Queensland and this can be an expensive exercise," she said.

Gladstone Turf Club committee is proud of its achievements.

Thoroughbred racing in Gladstone has gone from strength to strength thanks to the volunteers who have cared for it over the years.

Ferguson Park can look forward to bigger things.

Future race dates for 2013

  • February 16 - Valentines Race Day
  • March 9
  • March 30 - Easter Saturday Carnival
  • June 29
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