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Jockey Celebration Day at Randwick

August 09, 2022

Jockeys past and present gathered at Royal Randwick on Saturday 6 August as part of Jockey Celebration Day 2022. Before the running of Race 7, the former jockeys formed a guard of honour for the curre...

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SSOTY 2022 Finalists announced

July 29, 2022

The finalists for the 2021-22 Sydney Strapper of the Year award have been announced. Now in its 13th year, this award endeavours to recognise the behind-the-scenes efforts by those strappers that tend...

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Annual Racing Fraternity Mass - Sunday 11 September 2022

July 11, 2022

People from all facets of Sydney racing are invited to attend the 2022 Annual Sydney Racing Fraternity Mass. The Racing Mass, to be held on Sunday 11 September, 2022 at 11am, is attended by people of ...

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Two jockeys seriously injured

July 04, 2022

The last two days have seen two apprentice jockeys seriously injured in separate race falls. Leah Kilner had a fall at a race meeting a Grafton yesterday, and Elissa Meredith had a fall at Gunnedah ra...

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National Jockey Celebration Day 2022

June 30, 2022

National Jockey Celebration Day will again be held nationally this year on Saturday 6th August as race meetings around Australia pause to observe a minute silence in honour of jockeys who have died in...

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Message from the Chair

June 26, 2022

VIDEO: Dr Karin Sowada reflects upon her experience in racing and the importance of the racing chaplaincy Racing can be a high-pressure environment. Beneath the glamour of raceday, many people in ra...

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Sydney Strapper of the Year - Noms open now

June 01, 2022

Nominations are now being called for Sydney’s ‘Strapper of the Year’ award for the 2021-2022 season. Now in its thirteenth year, this award endeavours to recognise the behind-the-scenes efforts by tho...

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Easter Greetings 2022

April 13, 2022

"In my Father's house are many rooms ... I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2) The Easter story is one of resurrection and restoration.  Of life out of death, of hope out of despair and of res...

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Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards 2022

April 05, 2022

ARCC helps facilitate the Sydney Autumn Carnival Strapper Awards.  These awards are donated by the Australian Turf Club and presented to the strapper of the winning horse in the Golden Slipper at Ros...

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ARCC chaplains assist Northern Rivers flood victims

April 05, 2022

ARCC chaplains Brendon and Fran Hotschilt run a Christian campsite called Camp Drewe in Lennox Head. In the midst of the flood emergency, they offered the use of their campsite to accommodate those ma...

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Tragedy in Gulgong

March 03, 2022

The tragic death of Marina Morel in a recent trackwork accident once again highlights the danger riders face every time they mount a horse.  Marina, a 30-year-old French national, had been riding trac...

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Trackwork With The Stars BBQ - March 29

March 02, 2022

ARCC will be hosting a BBQ for strappers at the ATC's 'Trackwork With The Stars Breakfast' at Royal Randwick on Tuesday 29 March. In the busy grind of morning trackwork, especially in the pressurised ...

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Vale Marina Morel

February 15, 2022

Apprentice jockey, Marina Morel, aged 30, died as the result of injuries sustained after a tragic fall during trackwork at Gulgong on Tuesday (February 8 2022).  She was airlifted to Westmead Hospital...

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Vale Ian Johnston

January 07, 2022

Sadly, Ian Johnston (ARCC Central Coast chaplain) passed away in December 2021 after a 3 month battle with cancer. We are thankful to God for his lifetime of ministry as well as his more recent servic...

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Christmas BBQs

December 21, 2021

During recent barrier trials, the Australian Turf Club, assisted by ARCC Chaplains and volunteers, provided some Christmas cheer in the form of breakfast. These gestures are always warmly appreciated ...

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"Being There" during lockdown

December 21, 2021

Vicki Walker, Chaplain to women in Sydney & NSW Provincial racing, was as busy as ever throughout the state’s June to October Covid lockdown.  Unable to attend racedays or visit stables, Vicki say...

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Welcome Marina Mossman

November 01, 2021

Marina Mossman was recently affiliated as a new volunteer racing chaplain in Darwin, NT. She enjoys attending race meetings and is particularly keen to serve the needs of the female jockeys. Marina al...

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Best Turned Out awards - Saturday Oct 30

September 17, 2021

In partnership with The Australian Turf Club, ARCC will reward strappers in each of the five feature races held on Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday October 30, 2021. The best presented...

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Big shoes to fill

April 01, 2021

Following the retirement of Brother Dan Stafford, Father Tom Stevens was formally appointed by Archbishop Anthony Fisher as the new Catholic chaplain to the Australian Turf Club. Fr Tom is parish prie...

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Enjoy retirement, Brother Dan!

December 17, 2020

After more than 20 years of service to the racing industry, Brother Dan Stafford has retired as Catholic chaplain to Sydney racing. Brother Dan is a much-loved and well-known figure, having served for...

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Chaplaincy in the era of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

Chaplaincy, at its heart, is a ministry of presence. Of literally 'being there' for people during times of need. Meeting with people at the track, in cafes, in hospitals or in their homes. During the ...

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Welcome David Tyndall

December 28, 2019

ARCC welcomes its newest Committee Member, Rev David Tyndall.David is one if the founder of Sports Ministry in Australia.  He was director of the Archbishop of Sydney's Olympic Games Taskforce.  He wa...

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10 years serving the people of racing

June 29, 2019

ARCC National Chaplain, Rev Colin Watts, this month celebrates 10 years of support to the racing industry. "When I first started, the most frequent comment I heard was 'I never knew we had a chaplain'...

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Vale Wayne Trompp

October 31, 2018

Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy is sad to announce the recent death of Perth-based ARCC chaplain Wayne Trompp following a sudden illness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and frien...

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Vale Riharna Thomson

March 03, 2017

Riharna Thomson was a dedicated track rider and stable hand at Thoroughbred Park racecourse. She was a popular, friendly, young woman - who loved horses and was a keen student of politics. She passed ...

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Out and about

December 09, 2013

One of the goals of ARCC is to see chaplaincy spread across racetracks around NSW and indeed Australia.  An important part of this is to build relationships with race clubs, trainers, jockeys etc from...

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Congratulations Br Dan Stafford (OAM)

June 10, 2013

The Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Brother Paul Daniel STAFFORD, For service to the community of Sydney as a chaplain. Current Catholic Chaplain...

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Body and Soul

February 16, 2010

Colin Watts with ambulanceman Trevor Hill at Warwick Farm One of the ever-present features at a race meeting are the ambulance officers. They are there to respond to any accidental injuries that migh...

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