Long-time Woodville and Koputaroa trainer Ron Taylor dies


Ron Taylor, a long-time Manawatū horse trainer, died last month.

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Ron Taylor, a long-time Manawatū horse trainer, died last month.

Long-time Manawatū horse trainer Ron Taylor has died, aged 95.

Taylor was an amateur jockey, owner and trainer of many racehorses. He worked in both Woodville and Koputaroa near Levin, before retiring in Palmerston North in 2001.

He died in mid May, a week shy of his 96th birthday.

Taylor, was married for 69 years to wife Nola and they had four children.

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The foundation of Taylor’s success came after he won Classic Way in a raffle in the late 1960s, and from Classic Way he bred Classic March, Classic Hagen, Classic Royal and other horses.

Classic Way won three races before being retired.

Ron Taylor with Classic Way in the late 1960s.

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Ron Taylor with Classic Way in the late 1960s.

Classic March won seven races, including the Evergreen Stakes in Hāwera twice in the late 1980s and the Cuddle Stakes in Trentham in 1988.

Taylor enjoyed training his horses at Waitārere Beach.

He was known to love his horses and was very patient with them.