The late Derek G. Jones had an impact on the New Zealand harness racing industry like no other.
Amongst the 1000-plus horses he trained to win were such outstanding horses as “Soangetaha”, “Rewa Scott” , “Hands Down”, and who could forget that wonderful mare “Blossom Lady”.
Apart from his success as a trainer, driver and administrator, Derek is remembered as much for his charismatic personality, humour and genuine interest in others. He had a close affinity with the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club and was President from 1994 to 1997.
As the father of Peter Jones and grandfather of Mark Jones and Tim & Anthony Butt, Derek’s substantial impact on the industry is ensured for many generations to come.
Such was Derek’s contribution to harness racing in general and to this Club in particular, it is only fitting that his name is attached to the Club’s most prestigious race.