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Karen B. Aaron re-elected VI Horse Owners Assoc. President

- Triple Crown out; VI Classics in!
President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mrs Karen B. Aaron, was re-elected when the organisation held elections on December 19, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Vice-President Lesmore Smith was also re-elected when the Association held its annual elections. Photo: VINO/File
Vice-President Lesmore Smith was also re-elected when the Association held its annual elections. Photo: VINO/File
Craig Lake (PRO) was announced as one of two new members of the executive following the Association's elections. Photo: VINO/File
Craig Lake (PRO) was announced as one of two new members of the executive following the Association's elections. Photo: VINO/File
Violet Delville was re-elected as Horse Owner Representative following the elections. Photo: VINO/File
Violet Delville was re-elected as Horse Owner Representative following the elections. Photo: VINO/File
Rosalind Leonard (left) was elected as the new Treasurer while Roy A. Garraway was re-elected as Security Coordinator. Photo: provided
Rosalind Leonard (left) was elected as the new Treasurer while Roy A. Garraway was re-elected as Security Coordinator. Photo: provided
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mrs. Karen B. Aaron, was re-elected when the organisation held elections on December 19, 2013 along with most of the executive that had previously been in place.

However, there were two new additions to the executive body, namely Craig A. Lake (Public Relations Officer) and Rosalind Leonard (Treasurer). 

The full executive body includes President - Karen B. Aaron; Vice President - Lesmore Smith; Secretary - Melissa Young; Treasurer - Rosalind Leonard; Racing Secretary - Dwight E. Clyne; Security Officer - Roy A. Garraway; Public Relations Officer - Craig A. Lake; and Horse Owner Representative - Violet Delville. 

Mrs. Aaron recounted some of the highlights of the previous year as being the six races held at Ellis Thomas Downs; Really Uptown’s victory in each of the three legs of the Triple Crown; Really Uptown’s victory in the St Thomas Governor's Cup and the Premier’s Cup being won by Plotter. 

She also noted the achievement of having two horses purchased during the year via loans from the Association made possible by a Grant received from Honourable Myron V. Walwyn. 

No VI Triple Crown for 2014 

Mrs. Aaron disclosed that seven races were proposed for this year but noted that this is not expected to include the now annual Triple Crown.  

Instead, the Virgin Islands will host the VI Classics on January 26, 2014. It is an invitational race open to horses from St Thomas and St Croix. 

She further disclosed that additional loans are expected to be granted this year for the purchase of horses and fundraisers will also be on the calendar of events, with the first scheduled for February 2, 2014 at Ellis Thomas Downs – a Super Bowl Party with live music, entertainment, food and drinks. 

The President extended thanks to the many sponsors that made it possible for the Association to host the 2013 races including LIME; Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith; Education Minister Honourable Myron V. Walwyn; Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Nona Vanterpool of Vanterpool Enterprises; Patsy Lake of One Stop Mall; Ashley Ritter of Tortola Concrete and the BVI Tourist Board. 

Mrs. Aaron added, “I also want to thank CCT as our 2014 Corporate sponsor.  Along with CCT we will continue to strive to build the sport to preserve this very important part of our culture.”

9 Responses to “Karen B. Aaron re-elected VI Horse Owners Assoc. President ”

  • qc (05/01/2014, 09:10) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    good committee but be careful with L.

    • weed (05/01/2014, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Politics has fallen so far down into the gutter, that occasionally it takes a single strong person to drag it out of the hole for a few days with M with his hands in this tis going no where fast!!
  • ting to talk (05/01/2014, 09:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    well saw seems like an election among them selves and the horse owners did not know
  • the rock (05/01/2014, 09:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    who does elect these people......when aruba was in, the sport was up on top of the game..the record shows that...they were able to get other persons interested In purchasing horses and the sponsors to sponsor the races..the other island association believed in them too that's why things were running so smooth then..i really thought the horse men of today could of seen that..now look..another whole year set back..gush man!

  • horse fan (05/01/2014, 13:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI horse racing going nowhere. St. Croix racing is the real deal. Wagering Laws must pass in HOA in order for us to be going places. Check the Royal Ascort Races in the UK the Queen n all betting on her favourite horses n racking in Millions in winnings.
  • POPE (06/01/2014, 06:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos karen do your best always
  • Hmmm (06/01/2014, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    New year, new last name? Delville? Interesting....
    • @ hmmm (07/01/2014, 00:21) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hush your hater ram that is her name before marriage you people to damm jealous of this good and decent lady


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