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The Gym That Lyndon Built – And Other Questions

Are other breeders satisfied with the status quo?

Veteran breeder Dr Marianne Thomson has asked questions of the National Horseracing Authority in recent weeks via the medium of the Sporting Post.

The NHA published a responding press release on Monday 1 October 2018 – click here

Dr Thomson is not satisfied with the lack of direct answers though and now addresses a note to the Board of the NHA via the Sporting Post Mailbag.


Dear NHA Board Members.

O M G!

What a reply!

Now we know who Hazel is to the last detail.

Hazel Kayiya (photo: supplied)

Hazel Kayiya (photo: supplied)

But all my other questions? Swept under the carpet? Audit?

I STILL have some questions and seeing as you never addressed my previous queries, here we go again.

Do we really need a qualified accountant to run the Stud Book from an Executive Office Upstairs?

What is the salary to employ this accountant in a position that certainly does not require a B Comm?

Are we satisfied with an accountant with NO hands on experience to run our  stud book,  one who ticked the boxes with a most discredited previous CEO?

I never saw the position advertised  — how did Hazel get to be Keeper? 

National Horseracing AuthorityAs a Breeder who pays part of the approximately R8 million breeders annually put into the NHRA coffers, I’m entitled to ask and to expect a civil reply.

You mention as an aside that I should not have ‘gone to the press’.

If I had approached you as an ordinary , previously silent member, what reply would I have had?

Be Honest Guys.

Your reply is an insult to all your members.

Especially those who have the gumption to stand up.

Have a good racing Year Gentlemen.

Enjoy the privileges of your lofty positions while racing struggles to survive .

I can assure you, we Breeders, here on the farm, are an endangered species.

But then again, it cannot be as bad as I think. Otherwise more would have taken to their keyboards.

PS – When you decide to shut down ‘The Gym that Lyndon Built’  – that’s on the first floor of the old Jockey Club building – same floor where the Stud Book is, please give us all a chance to bid on those fantastic bits of equipment.

Perhaps that’s where the “Old Guard’s Portraits “ were moved to?


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5 comments on “The Gym That Lyndon Built – And Other Questions

  1. Loraine Karam says:

    Dear Dr. Thompson At least you are one of the few people that stand up for each person involved in the Racing Industry. I honestly applaud you, however we have experienced a lot of problems whereby my sons complaints are swept under the carpet. His name is Paul Karam 084 6164663 he is on what’s up, Facebook , Instagram and twitter. Paul’s complaints get mostly ignored. It would be refreshing to have a word with you. Thanking you. Warm regards Loraine Karam.

  2. Don says:

    A gym?! seriously? what for?

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  3. Dawid says:

    Dear Doc
    You deserve a medal. I hope you continue with the pressure. These people who run the NHRA need to understand they are accountable to horse racing. Do not let them get away with anything. I want to know how much money they paid Lyndon Barends to resign? It is horse racing’s money that they are playing games with. They should not have paid Barends a red cent. Keep it up.

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