A popular former KZN jockey and latter day Gauteng-based Central Provinces Stipendiary Steward enjoyed his first meeting in his official capacity as Deputy Chief Stipendiary Steward at the Kenilworth meeting today.
The 49 year old British-born Nicholas Shearer replaces Arnold Hyde and was promoted recently as 2 IC to Ernie Rodriguez in the Western Cape.
He is in the process of moving his family lock, stock and barrel to an exciting new career challenge in what his wife of 21 years Vicki calls one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The move is a major one given the fact that both of their children, 16 year old Jenna-Lee and 9 year old Declan are of schoolgoing age.
The Shearers have been based in Gauteng since Nic retired from the saddle in 2008 and joined the NHA as a trainee Stipe.
Arnold Hyde, who was previously the Deputy Chief Stipe in the Western Cape has been promoted to the position of Chief Stipe of the Central Provinces and has relocated to Joburg.
Lyle Anderson is taking up the position of Deputy Chief Stipe in the Central Provinces region.
NHA Racing Control Executive Dave McGillivray responded to our enquiries regarding the new appointments and confirmed that they were effective 1 December.
“We have every confidence that we have the right men in the job and I personally wish them well and every success,” he said.