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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 34

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This admiration is not shared by the Territory racing bureaucracy: it has awarded Mrs Wehr (pictured) a Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand). In the new bureaucratic arrangement she clearly should have received the Certificate IV in Racing (Thoroughbred Owner Trainer) but she didnt. That means Mrs Wehr lost the authority to race her horses, in her own right, in the NT and, it seems, anywhere else. All this results from new rules introduced a couple of years ago. NT racing authorities commissioned instructors all the way from the TAFE in Orange, NSW, to get the Territory racing fraternity into line. After a career as a trainer spanning more than half a century Mrs Wehr was demoted to strapper: The advanced stable hand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for the enterprise, say the new rules, whereas a Thoroughbred Owner Trainer is a person who is licensed to operate a business that trains horses that are owned by the trainer or the trainers family for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events. How come Thoroughbred Racing NT allowed that to happen? Darwin Turf Club Business Manager Andrew OTooles answer to the question is, there is no problem. He suggested the Alice Springs News should be very careful about what it published on the subject (we assured Mr OToole we always are). And this is the best Lindsay Lane, Chairman of Stewards of Darwin Racing could do: The RPL project which was conducted in the NT some years ago accredited those persons who were licensed at that time, some persons completed Cert III and some Cert IV, unfortunately I cant recall the reasons why each individual completed the project at the level they did but there were some of our owner trainers who completed Cert III which was deemed appropriate by the Board and the accreditors for owner trainers. Hope that helps. Well, no, it doesnt. Cert III does not bestow the privileges of an Owner Trainer. What kind of arrangement, if any, has the board made for Mrs Wehr? We wrote to Mr Lane: On the face of it, Emmie does now not have the formal right to race her own horses here nor interstate. If she does have that formal right, please advise in what document, published ruling or whatever that right is enshrined. There are suggestions that there may be some nudge, nudge, wink, wink, shell be right arrangement in place. From what you are telling me about the necessity these days of following the rules, surely that wouldnt be acceptable. Weve not heard back from Mr Lane. Bushfood judge blown away. By KIERAN FINNANE. A trail mix featuring Australian bushfoods was judged the overall winner of the WildBushfoods recipe competition in a round marked by high level food concepts and some stunning food artistry. The brilliantly simple Larapinta Trail Mix was yet another creation from Miranda Sage who developed it to her exacting standards lots of bushfoods, delicious flavours, nutritional value and elegant presentation in a shoulder bag. There was a packet of nibbles including bush tomatoes, macadamia nuts, crisped saltbush leaves and wattleseed and cheese crackers; there were camel and kangaroo jerky strips; a sweet chewy energy bar featuring quandongs, bush lime and dates; and a refreshing quandong and ruby saltbush cordial. Guest judge of the round, chef Andrew Fielke, known for his decades-long involvement in the bushfoods industry, immediately noted the potential for the concept being developed by local small business or a community enterprise. And Robert Taylor of RT Tours, also a competition judge, asked Mrs Sage straight up for her permission to borrow from the idea in his business. She welcomed the enthusiasm the idea is there for anyone to take up. The trail mix was entered in the Wildcard category which also saw another entry ripe for commercialisation, Lisa Reiners Territory High Tea. Served on an old-fashioned tiered cakestand it featured smoked emu and kangaroo sandwiches, lemon myrtle tartlets, chocolate and wattleseed macaroons, topped off by butter and orange zest cupcakes with macadamia toffee shards,