Sad news today following the passing of a true industry stalwart in Joan Leslie.
A long time Eliza Park client, Joan was, as Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria pointed out in its announcement, always the first one to throw her support behind the industry at large.
A terrific lady who will be sadly missed.
Joan Leslie was a TBV Member as long as our records go back and was also one of the founding members of the North East Breeders where she and others organised social events for that region for many years. Joan attended as many TBV events and functions as she could despite her living in Mansfield.
Joan has been breeding with success from a select band of mares over the journey under her Shamrock Vale Thoroughbreds brand and was in fact the first recipient of a Super VOBIS bonus when that scheme came into the industry. She has been a loyal client of VOBIS right from the start and even received a bonus when Prince Pedro won at Caulfield on July 28, one of the last bonuses for the season.
Joan’s daughter Barry assumed management of her breeding activities late last year so I’m sure you will join with me in giving Barry every support in her endeavours and wish her every success for the future.
A memorial service will be held shortly, details are still to be confirmed and will be advised once known.