It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that this month we farewell our founding CEO Ben Mannion, who will be leaving us to take up an exciting new opportunity outside of the racing industry.
Over the past two years, Ben has been instrumental in the formation of the QTOA and a driving force behind the organisation.
When Ben joined us two years ago, he brought with him a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the industry as an owner himself.
He has played a key role in developing our strategic direction and has been instrumental in the establishment of the QTOA as a credible and influential voice within the industry, providing owners with an important voice on key advisory panels and stakeholder groups.
He has successfully built strong relationships with our members, stakeholders and partners, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our industry.
Ben has shown a great dedication to the QTOA and its members and has approached his role with great enthusiasm and passion.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben for his outstanding contributions to the QTOA, and to wish him all the best in his new role. As an owner himself, we look forward to keeping involved with the organisation.
Vale Alan Acton
The QTOA extends its condolences to the family of prominent Queensland owner Alan Acton following his tragic death earlier this month..
Alan and his family have raced horses for three generations and in recent times his colours have risen to prominence with Outback Barbie, who won the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open during a career that amassed $1.6 million in prizemoney.
Alan was the Vice Chairman for the Central Queensland Amateur Race Club and played a leading role in the establishment of The Archer.