Memorial to mark WA’s first horse race at CY O’Connor Reserve


Members of the 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop riding along the beach at CY O’Connor Reserve at last year’s 183rd anniversary family fun day.
Members of the 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop riding along the beach at CY O’Connor Reserve at last year’s 183rd anniversary family fun day.

A COMMEMORATIVE event celebrating the 184th anniversary of the first official horse race in WA will be held at CY O’Connor Reserve next month.

A year after the original proposal, local publisher Carmelo Amalfi, with support from City of Cockburn, received $5000 to run the event.

A plaque dedicated to the trainers, riders and horses which have used the beach over the past 183 years was erected at the heritage-listed site last year.

Mr Amalfi said local horse trainers and stable owners had been wanting a permanent memorial there for nearly 30 years.

The free event on October 2 will feature guests such as Australia’s oldest jockey Danny ‘Dashing’ Miller, JJ Wade and the 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop, as well as historical exhibits, pony rides and an animal farm.

A commemorative booklet, featuring never-before-seen photographs, will also be available. Proceeds from the event will go to The National Jockeys Trust, a charity organisation providing support and financial relief to injured jockeys and their families.