Quintner resigns jockey club post
By ED SOUTHORN
TWEED River Jockey Club secretary manager Simon Quintner yesterday announced his resignation at the club's annual general meeting.
The meeting re-elected Bernie Quinn as club chairman, a role he has held for more 30 years.
Mr Quintner said he had accepted a job as manager of the Stoney Bridge horse stud at Karaka, south of Auckland in New Zealand, and his Tweed job would soon be advertised, but he expects to still be at the Murwillumbah club in January.
Strapper Peter Beard of Uki, whose wife Nancy is a trainer, had his Tweed River Jockey Club membership suspended moments before yesterday's meeting began.
Mr Beard had nominated to contest the election for the club's board of directors and has been calling for an examination of the club's financial and membership records.
He said he was handed a letter signed by Mr Quinn advising him of the suspension and that he would be called before a later meeting of directors on a date to be fixed.
Mr Beard said after yesterday's meeting, attended by more than 60 club members, that he would be complaining to Racing NSW about his suspension.
Mr Quintner said he was aware of Mr Beard's complaints against the club but the directors had always acted within the law and in line with Racing NSW requirements, and the club was in its best-ever financial position.
He said the club directors were all re-elected, except Jack Griffith who stood aside for personal reasons and was replaced by Les Polglase.
Mr Quintner, who has been secretary manager for three years, said the club had "substantial funds" and this year's Melbourne Cup Day had been the club's most successful day ever.
Mr Quinn late yesterday was unavailable for comment.