Oakbank coach Kirsten Mooney is urging pro-jumps campaigners to surrender and accept the race club’s election results.
After months of legal action and threats, Oakbank coach Kirsten Mooney wants the pro-jumps agitators to move on and give the club a chance to thrive again after the crushing election results are announced.
Determined to dispel any lingering doubts about the legitimacy of the results of the June 10 special general meeting, which reinstated the previous Oakbank Racing Club committee, President Arabella Branson announced the distribution of votes in an email. email to members.
Of the club’s 771 members, 67 percent cast valid votes, with the defiant pro-jump committee candidates receiving only 33 percent of them.
About 10 percent of the membership slips that were deemed invalid by the independent auditor — either emailed, delivered in the wrong envelope, or received after the close of the vote — but when included, the margin was still greater — 71 percent for the existing commission and just 29 percent for the pro-jumps crew.
“Even if each of the 181 members who did not vote voted for the pro-jumps candidates, the current committee would still have returned with a comfortable majority,” Branson said in the email.
“These pro-jump advocates asked for a vote, and they got it.”
The result should put an end to a bitter eight months for all concerned, the pro-jumps squad that tried to take over the club after claiming the committee did not protest enough when Racing SA made the decision to quit last year. planning jumps in the state.
They wanted to take control of Oakbank and try to force Racing SA to reverse that decision, despite the governing body confirming it is final.
Even with the crushing result, there has been talk of some in the pro-jumps movement of taking more legal action or calling another special general meeting, but Mooney, one of the longtime trainers at the iconic venue, is adamant that it time to move forward.
“It’s just soul-destroying to see what’s happened to the club,” Mooney said.
“I have no preference for or against jumps – I have had show jumpers in the past – but I do think unfortunately it has run its course and is over in South Australia.
“I just hope that Oakbank and the committee can be given the time and the ability to channel the money they have left to make Oakbank great again.
“All their time has been spent fighting this battle of egos, which in my opinion was absolutely ridiculous.
“The election was a landslide – the members have spoken. It put an end to any doubt.
“I don’t see how calling another special general meeting will change that at all.”
Mooney, who saddles stable favorite Love Magic in Morphettville on Saturday, believes it’s time for those holding the club to disappear, let the community heal and focus on the positive things in the future.
“Nothing thrives on negativity, I’m a big believer in that in my own training,” she said.
“If there are people around who are negative they can go because horses don’t thrive and clubs don’t thrive.
“It would be great to see Oakbank back on their feet without Covid and without the nausea, the negativity that has been haunting them lately.
“We just want Oakbank’s excitement back.”
Originally published as Make Oakbank great again: Trainer Kirsten Mooney wants to move on after crushing election results