MEMBER PROFILE - JOHN GIBSON
Over the past couple of years the Gibson's have each had a horse to race as an interest and hobby. Well Mary and Jackie have. John, two years ago, made his decision not be left out of the fun and chose the Four Starzzz Shark filly from former race mare Scent NZ. Bred by the Gibson's and Harvey Kaplan – John secured the sole ownership of the filly as a weanling.
As time progressed and it was realised this filly – "Makes Every Scents" was heading for a trial in the not far distance future. As a surprise daughter Jackie and Her partner Rick Burnett thought it'd be a super idea to have John's race colours re-registered for him. All was kept quiet until the filly made her appearance on the Young track trial night.
Some forty years ago John and his wife Mary made their living by racing and selling horses up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia. Racing at registered and show meetings, dealing in horses etc. They purchased horses from all thru the Riverina via Eric and Roy Harpley racing and selling dozens of them in the Black n White colours. Johns race colours went into retirement when he and Mary purchased a cattle/horse property and established Success Stud in the west of Qld near Roma in the late 60's.
In 1972 they moved to Oakey just west of Toowoomba, where they ran a large and leading breeding operation on 600acres standing up to 6 stallions. In 1992 the couple together with daughter Jackie made the move into NSW and purchased a small holding in Young with the name and brand Success Stud. Over the past 2 decades the stud has grown with the acquisition of more grazing land and the expansion of its breeding operations.
The filly Makes Every Scents has had 3 race starts for 3 wins – including the recent Bathurst Gold Tiara Final Gr 1 status. And she was sporting John's colours. It seemed most fitting that she won the last in the series to be held at the Bathurst Showground – as John and Mary have been supporters of the Gold Crown concept since it began.
The plans for the filly in the future are focused around the Nursery Stakes in Qld later in May and a berth in the Breeders Challenge Series in NSW, in accordance with Mark Hewitt her present trainer/driver.
To say John is delighted to see his old colours enjoying some success is an understatement.