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Kiely Buttell

Kiely Buttell

It is strange but true that one of the most significant loses for harness racing breeders is someone who (I’m not 100% sure of my facts here, but 99% sure) has not bred a single race horse.

Kiely Buttell has been an excellent executive manager for New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association for several years, and has played a key part in shaping it – more than what she may be given credit for. Having come into the industry with no knowledge of it but being open and very well organised, she became a friendly and very helpful contact for many who otherwise find the “old boys network” of the NZSBA a little hard to engage with.

One of my early encounters with Kiely was when Kym Kearns and I took  her around our horses at “feed out time” and introduced her to our scattered paddocks across Cambridge, including visiting Zenterfold for a photo in a leased paddock in Leamington, and up the hills in our trusty Toyota Hilux, with Kiely and friend hanging on in the ute’s tray as we checked out some youngsters in a beg/borrowed paddock across a nearby farm.

I have nothing but admiration for Kiely. She is intelligent, smart, thoughtful and a lovely person to deal with. A breath of fresh air in a rather stuffy room.

It is a huge loss for NZSBA. I think they know that. And I can only hope they have an eye for someone for the job who is as able as she is, and as capable of balancing out the rather resistant, precious and pompous style that NZSBA can present without the influence of someone like Kiely.

View the statement by Kiely and the call for applicants here

 

 

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