Galloping to 35 years involvement

HORSES are in Bernie Quinn's blood, and about the only thing he loves more than putting on a good race day is raising money for charity.

Mr Quinn has been chairman of the Tweed River Jockey Club for more than 35 years and is a life member of the Northern Rivers Racing Association after 34 years as part of that organisation.

His passion for the animals started well before that.

“I lived on a farm and horses were my transport to and from school. We lived in Mooball and would either catch the train or ride horses,” he said.

“Horses have always been in my bloodline.”

Tweed racegoers can thank Mr Quinn and his team for the many good times had at the Murwillumbah track, and he enjoys being part of the glitz and glamour.

“I do get a lot of pleasure out of it and I wouldn't do it otherwise. There is a lot of pleasure in putting on a good race day,” he said.

Mr Quinn began his working life as a butcher but quickly made his way into the car industry and eventually bought a business in South Murwillumbah. He has since “retired” to his farms at Mooball. He runs about 300 cattle and supplies the Burringbar butcher with meat.

“I am supposed to be retired but it hasn't happened yet,” he laughed.

He has been involved in service clubs for 43 years and has put untold hours into charity work during a lifetime of working for the community and fundraising using his auctioneering skills

Perhaps his greatest contribution was making seven trips out west, raising a mammoth $178,000 for the Flying Doctors, outback schools and Toowoomba Hospital. For this he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Toowoomba East Rotary Club.

Mr Quinn is still involved in the Lions Club of Murwillumbah, as he has been for more than 21 years. Only this week the club raised $1000 for the Queensland Flood Appeal.

He is a life member of Jaycees International and has been president of Mooball and District Moovers for the past five years.

He and his wife of 42 years, Margaret, have three children and four grandchildren.

Mr Quinn recently sold a racehorse but he is a part owner of another and is looking forward to seeing it race, possibly in March.

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