COUPLE HONOURED: Morris 'Boy' and Joyce Reed were central to the club's success.
COUPLE HONOURED: Morris 'Boy' and Joyce Reed were central to the club's success. Contributed

Family honoured at the races

RACING: Russell Reed has travelled from Brisbane to Kumbia with 25 of his friends and family to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Kumbia Race Club today.

It will be the first Kumbia races for some of the travellers and Russell said the carnivals at Kumbia were like no other.

"The friendly atmosphere where everyone gets to know each other and the hospitality of country people is second to none,” he said.

The club was central to his childhood in Kumbia and he remembers the times at the club fondly.

Russell has lived away from the South Burnett but has always been involved in the community and Kumbia's annual race day is a highlight for him.

"I have been going to the Kumbia races for 67 years,” he said.

"I can recall having up to five races a year at Kumbia.

"I have seen the club grow from amateur to professional with the starting stalls of today to what we had years ago.

"The committee has done a great job to make the amenities and facilities so great for a small club and the state of the track now is equal to any provincial racecourse in Queensland.

"I was there last week and the track looks an absolute picture, I am looking forward to a big day of racing.”

His late parents, Joyce and Morris "Boy” Reed, were central to making the club what it is today and will be honoured with the running of the Joyce and Boy Reed memorial handicap race.

"They were a great team and were married 68 years and had a lifetime involved in Kumbia's community and the race club,” Russell said.

Together Boy and Joyce Reed were very well known and respected throughout the racing community in the South Burnett.

Boy rode at Kumbia as a young amateur jockey and was on the race club committee for many years, including a long period as the official judge of races at Kumbia.

He was a local trainer and was successful on a number of occasions with his home-trained horses at the Kumbia track.

Joyce had a great enthusiasm for horse racing and was a regular at the Kumbia racecourse for more than 80 years.

She also worked with the ladies' committee and assisted with catering at races for a number of years.

Russell's grandfather, Morris Reed Sr, was a founding member of the Kumbia Race Club.

He trained horses at the Kumbia track as well as being on the committee and the official starter of races at all South Burnett meetings in the early 1900s.

Russell will present the starting flag to the Kumbia Race Club and is proud to be doing so.