Community couple at the heart of Dederang’s success

Bev Seymour and husband Neville have been involved with Dederang Picnic Races for 50 years. It all began when Neville’s father started taking him to working bees at the club. Neville and Bev got married in 1965 and over time Bev has become increasingly involved. Neville was club President for 21 years, despite handing over the reins to Maurice Goonan […] Continue Reading

Celebrate Australia Day at Balnarring Races

With just one week to go until Australia Day, preparations are well underway for the the Quilly Park Balnarring Cup meeting. With a full card of racing, entertainment for the kids, food stalls and plenty of space to picnic a day at Balnarring Races is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. There are 6 races in total, the feature race being the […] Continue Reading

‘This is the life for me’: Interview with Grant Seccombe

When Grant Seccombe started dating his now-wife Naomi aged 15 the course of his life changed forever. Naomi’s father is a part-time trainer and he introduced Grant to the world of racing. Grant became hooked and after leaving school in year 12, went on to become an apprentice Jockey with Chris Hyland in Cranbourne. 6 years later, Grant and Naomi […] Continue Reading

Interview with rising star Toby Lake

Toby Lake, 18, has grown up with horses, dad Steven Lake is a trainer and before that was a jockey. Toby went from Pony Club to working for Bendigo-based Shane Fliedner 4 years ago and while riding track work got ‘the bug’ for race riding. A career as a Professional jockey eluded Toby as he was too big to make […] Continue Reading

A natural born trainer: Rebecca Waymouth interview

Horses have been part of Rebecca Waymouth’s life since she was born and many of her close and extended family are part of Victoria’s racing community. The Waymouth family have kept horses at their Boneo stables on the Mornington Peninsula for 18 years after moving there from Balnarring. Rebecca started training as a hobby when she was 19 years old […] Continue Reading

Interview: Reece Goodwin’s season gets off to a flyer

When we interviewed Picnic jockey Reece Goodwin, 18, he was in good spirits. Not surprising given that he’s currently leading this season’s Premiership! Horses have been part of Reece’s life since he was born, he lives and works at Seymour with his dad, trainer Barry Goodwin. Was there ever any doubt in your mind that you would become a jockey? […] Continue Reading on a day at the Picnics

When Peter Bon of created over 8 years ago his intention was to provide a resource for the Picnic Racing community and to help the sport gain some recognition from the wider racing industry. Back then there was a distinct lack of information available to Picnic Racing fans and it wasn’t as widely promoted as it is today. Today is jam-packed with fixtures, form, results, post-meeting […] Continue Reading

Wider promotion for the Picnics will grow our sport

  When Quilly Park’s Richard Anderson talked to Brad Jamison at Casey Radio 97.7FM a couple of weeks ago he didn’t hold back. Richard’s love of Picnic Racing and enthusiasm for securing wider promotion for the Picnics was supported by Brad on air. Country Racing Victoria did a great job of staging the inaugural Quilly Park Cranbourne Corinthian to kick […] Continue Reading

Capturing moments as ‘A Picnic Family’

Gippsland’s Naomi Seccombe is a familiar face around Victoria’s Picnic racing circuit and can usually be seen behind her camera capturing the action as it happens. Naomi and her jockey husband Grant met in their teens and have been together since they started out in their fascinating careers in horse racing. Naomi, whose dad is a trainer, has been around […] Continue Reading

Interview with Premiership winner Courtney Pace

Bendigo-based jockey Courtney Pace, 26, reigning Victorian Picnic Jockey of the Year was in great spirits when we interviewed her and has some good advice for aspiring jockeys. How long have you been riding? Dad’s a trainer so I’ve been around horses all of my life, riding as long as I can remember and doing track work since I was […] Continue Reading