Racehorse Owners Association Tasmania  (ROAT)



David Adams  (Chairman)

David has had an active involvement in the Thoroughbred industry for the past 20 years, both as a breeder and racehorse owner. In conjunction with his wife Louise they run a boutique breeding operation with 7 mares and currently race 10 horses. David is a past board member of Thoroughbred Breeders' Australia and is currently the Chairman of the Thoroughbred Advisory Network (TAN) and Chairman of the Racehorse Owners' Association of Tasmania (ROAT). In business David operates a fruit export company, exporting cherries, mangoes and grapes to overseas countries.



Peter Maczi  (Vice Chairman)

For the last 30 years he has been working in the field of forensics as a fingerprint expert in N.S.W, Queensland and Tasmania. He first developed an interest in horse racing as a teenager and bought his first share in a racehorse in 1978 when he was 21. Since then he has either owned or part owned a number of horses both in Tasmania and on the mainland - unfortunately no champions among them. Peter Currently has an interest in 3 different horses. He also has had an interest in both greyhound and harness racing and became involved in the ownership side of things in those 2 codes as well - again no champions. In the late 1980's he served on the committee of the Albury Greyhound Racing Club and has held the position of Clerk of the Scales and Assistant Judge there. He has lived in Tasmania for over 10 years now and feels privileged to be able to serve on the committee of the Racehorse Owners' Association of Tasmania. We as owners are the financiers of this great industry and ROAT is there to support owners and ensure that the owner's interests are represented at industry level.



Kirsten Whelan  (Secretary)

Has been blessed to always have a family that has been involved with racing horses since before she was born, there was a running joke that her mum got so excited at the Deloraine races she didn't notice Kirsten went rolling down in her pram into the fence while she was barracking.

She owned her first race horse at the age of 18 "Stop the Band" and he gave Adam Trinder his first ever flat race win. Kirsten has been a Strapper, Breeder, Owner and has just recently become a trainer. She trains in partnership with her Aunt Kath Kennedy and was extremely lucky that their first runner together was a winner.

She is also a representative for ROAT on TAN and feels very strongly about helping this wonderful industry that we have and see it go from strength to strength in the future.




Louise Adams  (Treasurer)

Louise has been involved with horses all her life. They were part of her young life growing up on her family farm "Torwood" continuing on into adulthood. In recent years she has been involved in breeding and racing with her husband and continues her love and commitment to the welfare of all the horses she is involved with. She very much enjoys seeing her "prides and joys" doing well on the race track.





Clare Pettit

Clare is extremely passionate about thoroughbred racing especially racing in Tasmania. She has been involved in the racing industry all her life, in many different areas. She has owned racehorses for the past 11 years and currently has shares in Ollie's Gold, Aerosport and Sunset Streaker. Clare is now working for Betfair which she thoroughly enjoys.










Elizabeth Long

Elizabeth lives on their family property "Torwood" at Tea Tree and has been involved with farming and horses all her life. Her parents bred and raced thoroughbreds for many years and won the Hobart Cup with a "Torwood" bred horse. Her interest in thoroughbreds started then and continues to this day. She currently breeds and races a small number of horses.







Vicki and Doug McCrossen

This couple are relatively new to the racing industry. They are currently in partnership with five horses, hoping one will be that illusive champion we would all like.

They have been in the automotive industry all their lives, having met and worked at Repco 50 years ago. For the past 12 years they have owned and operated their own service station and workshop. They are both looking forward to the next phase in their lives - retirement - which is on the horizon




Alan Davison

Alan has raced horses in Tasmania and Queensland. He is currently enjoying being a member of syndicates raced on the mainland by Shelley Hancox.

He is a past chairman of Tasmanian Racehorse Owners' Association and has also held the position of Secretary and Treasurer during a membership which has spanned some 32 years.

Alan has been Owners' representative for eight years on the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Racing Council. He is past Chairman of, and current Delegate to the Australian Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners' Council.

Although currently enjoying retirement Alan's business career has included Logistics Management professional career positions with major Australian construction and mining companies including Tasmania's Hydro Electric Commission. He is a Foundation Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tasmania, and Past Vice-President Asia Pacific Region, International Foundation of Purchasing and Materials Management and Executive Committee Member. He is also Past National and State President, Australian Institute of Materials Management.