ATA’s Awards acknowledge Rocky racing greats & incredible QRISP support for John & Louise Poots.
Published 15 September 2023
Two Rockhampton horses trainers figured prominently winning awards at the Queensland division of the Australian Trainers Association celebratory function in Brisbane on Thursday night.
Callaghan Park trainers Ricky Vale and Clinton Taylor each won monthly awards in the prestigious Wayne Wilson Medal. Vale, Rockhampton’s premier trainer from last season won the August 2022 award for his training achievements with Namazu. During that month in consecutive starts, Ricky trained Namazu to win both $150K northern crowns – the Townsville and Cairns Cups.
Clinton Taylor took out the October monthly category for his successes with Chinny Boom. On October 29 last year Chinny Boom capped her fifth successive win with a brilliant triumph at Eagle Farm, Brisbane. Clinton Taylor also won the Fan Fave Queensland Country Trainer “Performance of the Year “ award.
Brisbane training combination of Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted won the coveted Wayne Wilson Medal on a points win over Chris Munce. Roma trainer Craig Smith, a time honoured supporter of Rockhampton racing won the Pat Duff Trophy in recognition of his long career and contribution to racing.
During the evening, the ATA presented Louise Poots with a cheque for $24,000.
This came about through funds raised from an appeal and from QRISP (Queensland Racing Industry Support Program) to assist the Rockhampton couple after her trainer-husband John was seriously injured in July.
As a result of a horse related accident, John Poots underwent brain surgery and remains in a Brisbane Hospital attached surgical rehabilitation unit undergoing therapy.
“John is showing good signs of improvement and is starting to slowly walk again with the assistance of a wheelie walker and Physiotherapists. He is undergoing intense rehabilitation from a number of therapists. It is just marvellous”, Louise Poots told the large group in attendance. She thanked everyone who had both organised and assisted in any way with the appeal.
“This means so much to John and I and will help us considerably. The racing industry both at home and throughout Queensland has been so giving”, Louise Poots said.
The ATA’s Queensland’s CEO Cameron Partington said the racing industry should be proud of the way it bands together to assist trainers such as John Poots when grave accidents and circumstances occur.