A CHANGE of the guard will take place in South Australia as of next month.
Due to work commitments, Harness Racing SA chairman Chris Hartwig has elected to relinquish his position at the head of the table.
Hartwig was recently appointed Managing Director of ASX listed Korvest Ltd, meaning his new role will limit the time he can devote to harness racing.
As such, and as he has since becoming chairman in October 2016, Hartwig has put the industry’s needs ahead of his own by making the decision to step down.
During his time as chairman Hartwig was a driving force behind the commissioning an Independent Review of SA Harness Racing which resulted in the Cunningham Report.
He was also a key factor in the successful return of harness racing to Wayville and a strong supporter of the Allwood Stud Yearling Sale and associated $100,000 race.
Hartwig, who joined the governing body at board level in 2012, will remain a board member under new chairman, Gary Crocker.
A long time industry participant, Crocker joined the HRSA board in October 2016 as the country clubs’ representative.
A prominent breeder, Crocker is best known as the owner of Inter Dominion Consolation winner, Major Crocker.
“I would like to wish Gary every success in the role as HRSA chairman,” Hartwig said. “I will remain on the HRSA Board as a Director and will do everything I can to assist Gary and the board.
“I would like to thank past and current Directors, industry participants and key stakeholders for their support, and it is vital that we all continue to work together for the betterment of harness racing in South Australia.”
“Excited” to take over the chairman’s role, Crocker stated his main objective is to continue the progress and growth South Australia has experienced in recent times.
“I am excited at the opportunity to be HRSA chairman, and would like to thank my fellow directors for the faith shown in me,” Crocker declared.
“I can assure everyone that I will do everything I can to help grow and improve the sport in South Australia.”