INDUSTRY participants are saddened to learn of the passing of one of the breeding industry’s pioneers, Alan Playford Galloway.
Galloway died suddenly at his home in Coffs Harbour yesterday at the age of 92.
It was Galloway and his wife Barbara who commenced the now globally famous breeding name of ALABAR.
Galloway was a rugged Aussie Rules footballer during his youth in Adelaide, playing at the highest level in the SANFL and representing his state.
He also served in the South Australia Mounted Police Force for a number of years before taking early retirement and purchasing a dairy farm at Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills in the 1950’s.
Along with the farm came a standardbred broodmare, Stormy Princess and so Alan and Barbara quickly became harness racing participants.
Stepping Chief, Trainer Hanover and Golden Adios were the first three stallions Alan stood at stud and during this time three children arrived to join the Galloway clan – Julie [deceased], Alan junior and Greer.
Junior relocated the Alabar home to Echuca in 1979 and the rest, as they say, is history with the Alabar name and brand at the forefront of standardbred breeding worldwide.
Galloway never let his age slow him down – he loved fast cars, yachts, planes and had an uncanny knack of reading harness racing pedigrees.
It was just two days before his passing Galloway circled a list of yearlings he believed Junior should purchase at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne on February 2.
Sadly, Galloway was preceded in death by his daughter Julie and is survived by his wife Barbara, children Alan and Greer and grandchildren, Thomas and Brooke.
National Trotguide extends its condolences to Galloway’s family and friends.
- JOHN COFFEY