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From the early 1800ís horses have played a major part in the lives of New Zealanders.
Race meetings were soon to become important social and sporting events, the first being held perhaps around the 1840ís.
Throughout New Zealandís racing history there are people and horses that have had a lasting impression on the industry through their deeds, exploits or personalities.
Whilst it is difficult to recognise all those that have gone before or are here today who have been major influences, the Hall of Fame seeks to acknowledge those whose stories deserve recognition.
The 13 inductees selected have all played a part in the history of the New Zealand racing industry.
They are not all perfect in character or without controversy. But no-one can deny the impact they have all had on an industry which owes as much to the diversity of itís participants as to their dedication and strive for excellence.
In an industry where dreams can come true or be shattered in a heart beat, where tenacity and strength of character are often called upon but where the rewards can be enormous, this is one way of saying thankyou to those who have taken that journey and allowed a lot of others to be a part of it along the way.
The Hall of Fame salutes the following 13 inductees.
BILL (William) HAZLETT
KEN BROWNE - MBE