November 28, 2017The Dawson Jockey Club's Christmas races are on again. The gates open at 11.00 am and the first race is at 1.30. In recent times the Dawson Jockey Club has undertaken major improvements to their facilities including an extension of the covered area which offers an uninterrupted view of the track. This is a great day for the whole family and offers the best in country racing. The flyer has all the details. DJC END OF YEAR RACES 2017
September 15, 2017The members of the Dawson Jockey Club invite you to join them for the excitement of the 2017 Taroom Cup - Chicken and Champagne lunch, Fashions on the Field and a great day of racing.
August 13, 2017Recently local teacher Stacey Adamson arranged for a group of hard working boys to do some volunteer work in conjunction with a volunteer program hosted by Taroom State School at the Dawson Jockey Club. The students helped to pull down 400 meters of running rail and re-erected it with the help of David Parry Okeden, Graham Rewald and Trevor Keys. Club President, Graham Rewald, praised the the students and said, "If they take the attitude they showed whilst helping with this project into their working life they will all be true successes."
May 30, 2017The Dawson Jockey Club has recently fenced in the stable area at the race track. Two sets of new gates have been installed including a set at the entrance to the mounting yard. Club President, Graham Rewald, said this is a significant improvement to the club's Work, Health and Safety standards. Mr Rewald thanked the following volunteers for their assistance with the project: Phillip Hoppe, Clint Adamson, Brian Harris and Neil Lawton. Countryside Electrics loaned their Bobcat and Rae Rewald provided catering.
January 4, 2017The meeting hosted by the Dawson Jockey Club on New Year's Eve 2016 was one of the most successful meetings ever according to club president, Graham Rewald. Over 900 people came through the gate and most stayed and partied until 1.00 am after seeing the new year in. There is a new gallery of photos on the Club page of this website, including photos of the winners of the BOQ Agribusiness and Bendigo Bank Fashions on the Field. Our next race meeting will be the Taroom Cup to be held on Saturday 23 September 2017. [caption id="attachment_1009" align="alignnone" width="533"] BOQ Agribusiness & Bendigo Bank FOTF Kelsey Goodwin-Smith, Sydney - winner black and white fashion.[/caption]
October 4, 2016On 24 September 2016 three new life memberships were awarded. Graham McAdam, who said he greatly appreciated his award, commenced as a Barrier Attendant in 1973 and then served as Assistant Starter for nine years and as Starter from 2004 to 2016. Current President Graham Rewald and his wife Rae said they were honoured to receive life membership of the club which they joined in 1971. President since 2004, Mr Rewald paid tribute to past committees for maintaining a progressive and financially sound club. Together he and his wife Rae ran Green Hills Stables where there were usually 16 horses in training and three apprentices. The family was extremely active and successful in the racing industry, with all five sons becoming jockeys. During his presidency, Graham Rewald has overseen significant improvements to club amenities and averages three days a week of voluntary work to ensure the survival of racing in Taroom. He is also Chairman of the Eastern Downs Racing Association and a Delegate to the Queensland Country Racing Committee. In 2015 Graham Rewald was a finalist the prestigious Minister's Awards for Contribution to Country Racing and in 2016 he won the award at a gala event at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.
May 19, 2016Because many people ask how the judges select the winners of the on-field fashions, the organisers have prepared some guidelines. For the winter race meeting they have also included a vintage-themed section for fashions from the 1940s to the 1960s. FOTF
August 6, 2015The Dawson Jockey Club is celebrating the history of the Taroom Cup at its next race day on Saturday 26 September 2015. On display will be the 1930 Taroom Cup won by Sitti's Lad (Cagou - Sitti), owned by Godfrey Morgan, ridden and trained by his son Clive and carrying 12 stone 11 lbs. He won from eight starters in the then record time of 1-47. Clive Morgan also rode winners of six of the seven events on the program. Sitti's Lad won the Weetwood the following year and 24 other races during his career. The cup is usually housed in the Taroom Historical Museum along with a painting of Sitti's Lad. For more information about the race day see the attached flyer. 2015TaroomCup
June 9, 2014
The Dawson Jockey Club has recently installed 600 metres of running rail. The Brisbane Racing Club at Doomben provided the running rail and the posts were supplied by the Gold Coast Turf Club. This was made possible by Queensland Racing's new Club Cooperation Scheme. Under the mentoring arrangement larger clubs support smaller clubs, such as the Dawson Jockey Club. Previously the club had tape in place which met the minimum Workplace Health and Safety Standards. President Graham Rewald said that the club had now upgraded from the minimum standard and that the new rail improves safety for horses and patrons.
Mr Rewald said, “We are grateful to have received assistance through the Club Cooperation Scheme.” He estimates that purchasing the new section of running rail would have cost more than $16,000. The installation was undertaken by club members and volunteers.[caption id="attachment_386" align="alignnone" width="300"] Club President Graham Rewald and Treasurer Trevor Keys with the new running rail.[/caption]
August 16, 2013Caterers and patrons at the races had long had to contend with outdated facilities. In September 2012 following a successful application to QGC's Sustainable Communities Program a brand new kitchen with stainless steel benches, sinks, new appliances and a covered BBQ area was opened by QGC's Brett White.