by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Bluebloods : Karaka 2015 Yearling Sale Preview
The racing public in Australia has come to know and appreciate the wonderful New Zealand mare Silent Achiever through her gutsy performances on our racetracks. However, her owner and breeder Kevin Hickman is somewhat of a “silent achiever” himself. He has been a success- ful businessman over many years and in recent times has quietly gone about building up a high class boutique stud with an enviable band of broodmares. Hickman had an early introduction to racing and is now very passionate about the sport. “My parents Tony and Maureen were both fro m families who enjoyed racing, so I used to go to the races with them. My interest probably developed ‘incremen- tally’, but it was always something I liked doing,” he said. “I can remember in particular one horse I loved to follow, his name was Grey Way and he won 51 races. I really admired his ability to continue to win races carrying huge weights. He raced until he was 11 years-old you know! “My family had a small farm when I was a kid and wehadponiesweusedtohaveabitoffunon.Ican remember we would do silly stuff sometimes like trying to chase the trains that would go past on the tracks nearby, it was good fun though. One of my sisters used to enjoy going to pony club, but I didn’t really like that ‘structured’ type of riding, I just used to like to get on and race around. My brothers have retained an interest in the horses, they both race standardbreds and thoroughbreds now.” Q: I understand that you used to like to ‘race around’ on the rugby field and athletics track too? A: “Well yes I did actually, I enjoyed playing rugby for a while, but then I got badly concussed and thought I really should do something different, another sport. One of my friends, who was a decathlete, talked me into giving that a go and it was great. When I was in my thirties I also started doing some coaching and kept that up until 2004. “I have to say though that my wife Joanna was the one who really excelled in athletics, she was actually the New Zealand record holder for the 400m. She was very unlucky not to have made the Olympic or Commonwealth Games teams, but unfortunately had achilles issues at the time.” Q: In the business world you are probably best known for your involvement in Ryman Healthcare? A: “Yes I had built up and sold a number of companies over the years with John Ryder and we co-founded R yman Healthcare together in 1984. The company was floated in 1999 and John retired in 2002. I was Managing Director until 2006 and I’m still on the board.” KEVIN HICKMAN this page Kevin Hickman holds aloft the trophy for the Gr.1 The BMW, won by Silent Achiever STORY BY DONNA STODDART MOVERS & SHAKERS 30
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2015
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2015