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From Member to President - Peter Burdon

Volunteer support is imperative for country racing clubs, and in some cases, much of what volunteers achieve goes unnoticed, but the impact they leave on the club is priceless.

The Millicent Racing Club have received support for over 30-years from member turned club President, Peter Burdon.

Peter joined the Millicent Racing Club in the mid-80s as a club member having lived in the area on farming land, with an appreciation of horse racing, and found that he enjoyed being involved with the club.

In the early 2000’s Peter moved into the role of Club President, which he held for 12 years.

“Having only one race meeting each year, the relationships I was able to create is something I am proud of during my time as President.

“I was lucky enough to be supported by some great people during my time, Paul Connell (Limestone Coast Racing President), and Martin Miles (ex SARC and Limestone Coast Racing President) were both  incredible, and I am very thankful for that,” he said.

Along with holding the Presidency for Millicent, Peter was a strong supporter of racing on the Limestone Coast and was an integral part of the rebranding of the South East Racing District to Limestone Coast Thoroughbred Racing, which represents the five clubs (Mount Gambier, Penola, Bordertown, Naracoorte, and Millicent) in the region.

While no longer officially involved with the Millicent Racing Club, there are still quite a few links to the industry for Peter. His son-in-law Justin Kain is the Vice President for Penola Racing Club, and sitting on the Country Racing SA Board, as well as having two horses currently in work.

Peter loves returning to the Millicent race day each year, especially as a life member, which he received in 2016, but there is still one thing remaining for him to achieve at the club.

“I’ve always wanted to win a Millicent Cup, but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to have a runner ready for the race,” he said.

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