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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Osborne makes history as she takes over at Turf Club

Posted: 18th Dec 2015

Meta Osborne

Meta Osborne: first female head of a horseracing regulatory body

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)  

Osborne takes over at helm of Turf Club

META OSBORNE on Friday became the first female head of an international horseracing regulatory body when she took over the reins as senior steward of the Turf Club.

Osborne replaces Neville O’Byrne in the top job, while her previous role as deputy senior steward is taken by Harry McCalmont, who will automatically succeed Osborne in two years’ time.

Osborne qualified as a vet in 1983 and established Tinnakill House Stud in 2012.

She said: “It has been a great year for women in Irish racing and it is nice to round it off! It’s also a great reflection on the Turf Club, which is the oldest continuously operating regulatory body in the racing world.

“I am thrilled and honoured. There are challenges, but I have a good team around me. Every organisation must look at itself and what it does and ask, does it carry out its remit? It is exciting to be part of it.”

O’Byrne said: “I think Meta will do a terrific job – she has all the qualifications.

“She’s a very clear thinker, forward-looking, and has the good of racing and integrity at heart.”

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