Dowling recognised with Cup in his name
Horse Racing: Fifty-eight years is a long time and for some it could be considered a lifetime.
For Tara's Ken Dowling it's the span of a legacy, nearly six decades dedicated to a sport that captures the nation.
Dowling started training horses in 1960, and two years later moved from Inglewood to Tara, where he continued to pursue his passion.
His first winner was in 1960 with Tiger Lad at Warwick, and since then he's travelled all over the state to compete.
His wife, Rhonda, said he had gone to tracks from Cunnamulla to Calliope, Brisbane to Goondiwindi, but had long called Tara home.
"He's held a trainer's licence for 58 years and for 56 of those he's been in Tara and trained horses for the Tara Race Day, and during that time he spent a lot of time maintaining the track, and he's also supported the club through all those years,” Mrs Dowling said. "In all those years he's only had one Tara Cup winner himself, and that was in 2001 with a horse called Roman God.”
Dowling officially stopped training horses last month, deciding it was time to "call it a day”.
In honour of his long career and association with Tara Race Club, the Tara Cup has been named after him.
"The race club decided that he should be recognised for all his contributions to the club over the years, so they had the Western Downs Regional Council and the Ken Dowling Cup,” Mrs Dowling said.
It seems the sport runs in the blood, with the Dowling legacy in Tara racing to continue.
Dowling's wife, daughter, and son-in-law all have been, or are involved in the Tara club, and his brother was a jockey.