Mr R W Saunders, who died suddenly last week, was president of the NZMTC from 1965 to the time of his death.
Mr Saunders became a member of the club in 1940, was a steward from 1953 to 1960, a committeeman from 1958 to 1960, and vice-president from 1960 to 1965. He was also a director of Addington Raceway Ltd.
The Royal Easter meeting in 1966, held on the occasion of the Queen Mother's visit to Christchurch, was a highlight during Mr Saunder's term as president. Mr Saunders raced several horses, both gallopers and trotters. Dianus won a Methven Cup for him, and Sunset Chief, whom he bred, was a good winner in Australia. He also bred the thoroughbred mare, Centime, whose progeny included Moidore.
Mr Saunders, who was 59, is survived by his wife, one son and three daughters.
Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 19Jan68