Horse Racing



Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Four racing personalities received their National Honours yesterday from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House.

The honorees are Clovis Metcalfe, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, Brian Rickman, and Clive Evans.

Clovis George Metcalfe was promoted from Order of Distinction (Officer Class) to the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD).

Metcalfe received the new order for his contribution to banking. He was the managing director of FirstCaribbean International Bank Jamaica Limited for many years before his recent retirement. At present, Metcalfe serves as the chairman of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), the Jamaica Racing Commission, and also the Casino Gaming Commission.

Metcalfe has been associated with horse racing for many years, as an owner and breeder, and is part of the many-time champion breeding outfit of HAM Stables Limited.

Dr St Aubyn Bartlett was conferred with Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD). He was given the Rank of Commander for outstanding service to the horse racing industry as a veterinarian.

Dr Bartlett, who is still serving the horse racing industry in that capacity, was for a long period a member of the regulatory body of the sport, the Jamaica Racing Commission, first as a veterinarian and then as the commission's senior veterinarian.

Brian Paul Rickman, known affectionately as “Spuddy”, was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD) for his skilful and dedicated service as a sports commentator in the horse racing industry.

Rickman has spent most of his professional life commentating on races at Caymanas Park, with his voice becoming synonymous with the sport. His often breathtaking commentaries have become a part of horse racing folklore in Jamaica.

Clive “Freezing Rain” Evans, who entered racing's hall of fame two years ago, was awarded the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service to the sport of horse racing.

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