Gayndah racing remembers Dot Gordon
DOROTHY Gordon was synonymous with Gayndah racing. The racing community lost an important member of their community in October, with former patron and member Dorothy ‘Dot’ Gordon passing on October 7, aged 94.
In honour of her memory, jockeys wore black arm bands partnered with a minute of silence to remember the racing icon. Mrs Gordon and her husband Neville had been a huge part of the Gayndah Jockey Club their entire lives, relishing the sport that brings this Burnett community together.
Speaking to Gayndah Jockey Club member Chris Seidner, he believes they were an integral part of racing.
“I don’t think there would’ve been a race day the pair would’ve missed,” Mr Seidner said.
Over a 20-year period from 1978-1999, Mr Gordon ran as president of the club, with Mrs Gordon by his side. She then served as patron, from 1996-2016.
“When you get to serve as president and patron, you do a lot of things for the club, with it all being voluntary.
“They were both passionate about racing, and in particular Gayndah racing.
“They brought the club through those years with each other, side-by-side.”
After her husband passed, Mrs Gordon kept attending each race meet, up until she suffered a stroke several years ago. Discussing her particular enjoyments of the sport, Mr Seidner believed she adored every aspect of it.
“From the racing itself, the colour, the fashion, just the excitement of it all.
“She loved to see the club do well, and we lost a very dear member of our race club family.”