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Lesmore Smith elected new Horse Owners’ Association President for 2012

- Elections deemed controversial as tension remains between new and old committees
President-elect of the VI Horse Owners Association, Lesmore Smith. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Roy Barry (left) was elected as Vice President and Kishma Baronville as Committee Secretary.
Roy Barry (left) was elected as Vice President and Kishma Baronville as Committee Secretary.
Karen Smith-Aaron was elected Treasurer and former president Karl Thomas as Racing Secretary. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Karen Smith-Aaron was elected Treasurer and former president Karl Thomas as Racing Secretary. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Dwight Cline (right) was elected Public Relations Officer. Rodney Simmons is a committee member. Photos: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Dwight Cline (right) was elected Public Relations Officer. Rodney Simmons is a committee member. Photos: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Dwight Cline (right) was elected Public Relations Officer. Rodney Simmons is a committee member. Roy Garraway is Security Coordinator. Photos: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Dwight Cline (right) was elected Public Relations Officer. Rodney Simmons is a committee member. Roy Garraway is Security Coordinator. Photos: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - News just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Lesmore Smith has been elected the new President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association.

Smith, the owner of Good Prospecting the 2011 United States Virgin Islands Governor’s Cup winner, ran unopposed as other persons in attendance who were nominated declined to seek the post, according to sources at the meeting.

Besides Smith, Roy Barry was elected as Vice President, Kishma Baronville as Committee Secretary, Karen Smith-Aaron as Treasurer and Dwight Cline as Public Relations Officer. Karl Thomas, a veteran Horse Owner and former president, was nominated and elected as the new Racing Secretary. Roy Garraway has been elected as Security Coordinator. The other Committee member will be Rodney Simmons.

Tensions Between Old & New Committee

The election which was held last evening Tuesday December 13, 2011 at the Valarie O. Thomas Committee Centre in Sea Cows Bay, the home of the Downs, saw a very heated meeting with open verbal clashes between some old and incoming committee members.

According to a source who was at the meeting, Mr. Smith, who is the current Vice President under the current Committee headed by Dereck “Aruba” Marshall, was allegedly accused of “undermining the current committee to gain power”, and allegedly “that is why none of the current members accepted any nomination to serve for 2012” the same source told this news site.

All the members except Karl Thomas ran unopposed as the source told Virgin Islands News Online that a “paper was circulated with the names” as there was allegedly “no nomination process”.

However, speaking today in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, the President elect Lesmore Smith, has rejected the allegations. Smith told this news site that he did “put a team together who he thought could work together and the team was never challenged last night”.

Mr. Smith said his list of new committee members “were circulated amongst the horse owners before the election last night and he had support”.

The President Elect said, “my only goal is to see the sports move forward and the statements of undermining for power is baseless.” The results are not expected to be challenged, and the new committee is expected to take office next year.

The current committee headed by outgoing President Marshall will run their last race on December 26, 2011, Boxing Day, before the new committee takes over on January 1, 2012.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that discussions are ongoing by the new Orlando Smith Administration to transfer the racetrack to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Currently, the racetrack is split between two Ministries, the Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Communications and Works.

The Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association is granted permission to manage the races at the Downs, which includes the race cards, dates of races, the purses, gates, electing its own committee to represent the interest of horse owners and lobby government and all activities on race day.

The facility-Ellis Thomas Downs is owned by the Government of the Virgin Islands, and is located in Sea Cows Bay on the western side of the main Island of Tortola.

28 Responses to “Lesmore Smith elected new Horse Owners’ Association President for 2012 ”

  • Suga (14/12/2011, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was there He was not elected he appoint himself
    • no love (14/12/2011, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      oh that was y i saw him footing behind mark for the cultural fair it looks like the ndp is helping the rich to get richer u see them say the ndp never looks out for the poor only alvera i hope the youths see wa going on
      • Elli (14/12/2011, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I TOTALLY AGREE! I have been saying this same thing for a while now!
        • elvis (15/12/2011, 00:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          with Lesmore at the helm and Myron soon to take it over it will hit rock bottom for two smart man at it...the question is, who will out smart who????...my money on Lesmore
  • bam see (14/12/2011, 14:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look like ndp take over the track? 90% of these people are ndp's...hope ayo get the betting saga sorted out?
  • critic (14/12/2011, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dont tell me ndp got rid of aruba, gooshi and those christopher girls too?
    • weed (14/12/2011, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      dammm poltrick rule even a lil horse committee and Karl is the biggest NDP..dat tis Ms. P litle side kick
    • big shit (15/12/2011, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      roy taught he had win the elections in the 3rd but we put a spoke up his wheel u can see all the set off sell out
  • concerned (14/12/2011, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i see a conflict of interest with lesmore being president...he was one who made noise when letty was president..now look the double standards
  • bvilander (14/12/2011, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets c what happens dont be quick to judge
  • Johnny (14/12/2011, 14:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is quite possibly the last handover until we finally have our cricket super-stadium built and these pony men hand over to the real men of cricket. What a glorious day that will be, the BVI will be the envy of the world.
  • ONENESS (14/12/2011, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to the new assn. Gave them a chance. I have no problem with change. Let's see if they can move the sport forward. FOOT NOTE: Boxing day EAST END TAP has a chance to become one of the few horses to win on the 3 tracks in the VI. Good luck.
  • mad max (14/12/2011, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this was a coup de tat to overthrow aruba
    • under the rock (14/12/2011, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      yeap the same cowbirds did the same thing to Letty hodge a few years ago..to much power hungry snakes in the place yall....
  • open wide (14/12/2011, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Roy in dey too..lots of smart man minding the cheese..Yellow, Lesmore, Roy and Booser nuff trouble..
  • curious (14/12/2011, 20:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes roy they too that snake playing he so innocent but after lesmore he is the biggest crook. it seems that some of them interest is the money not the best interest of the horse owners.
  • curious (14/12/2011, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    can u imagine dwight returning as PRO what he position gonna be by the gate looooooooooool
  • Wellsa (14/12/2011, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ting start now. Aruba you did a great job you and your team. In life everyone will not agree with you but as a leader you have to make hard decisions. Don't mind the noise you love horseracing and that's why you were there. All of a sudden some people want to be in position but when no one wanted to step up to the plate you did. Roy always complaining he don't have time how he find time now. It amazing the lengths we will go to to get what we want. To Lesmore being president all I have to say is hmmmm.
  • change (14/12/2011, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all need to give the new committee a chance and stop judging. It is hard to make such an investment and not see the returns by not promoting more races. Besides from my understanding the old members wanted to give up a long time ago.
  • mouce (14/12/2011, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    seems like the BVI has a reputation for stolen elections, and people serving who not eligible.....
  • Roy? (15/12/2011, 01:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How ayo jumping on me so? I never been in elected government a day in my life? Bad mind alone fear the Blue.
  • Yellow man (15/12/2011, 01:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My bad. Some Roys' are very defensive about that name.
  • Brap (15/12/2011, 03:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh yea, NDP is touching on every corner...Me! Me! Me! They tired of the chicken, now they eyeing the steak!
  • Words from lesmore (15/12/2011, 07:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thank you Aruba and the others for making the triple crown a reality...Now its time for me to get the spotlight by taking the credit...my party is in now so I can do what I want..Fraser can't stop me now...I can work my way around Dr. smith and myron easy!
  • hip hop (15/12/2011, 15:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lesmore bouy deeds people seems like dem aint like you...
  • help help (15/12/2011, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's just hope horse racing in the BVI does not go backwards ever....


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