YEAR: 1956


The death has occurred of Mr James Ryan Simpson, one of Karamea's best-known residents, at the age of 82. He had lived in the district for many years, farming on a large scale.

Mr Simpson was on of the most successful trotting owners and trainers in Buller for many years. His best performer was Olive Nelson, at her time one of the champion trotters in the Dominion. At the 1931 NZ Cup meeting she won three races, including the premier event for square-gaiters in the country, the Dominion Handicap. Mr Simpson also raced Bingen Palm who reached NZ Cup class.

Mr Simpson trained his horses on a remote bush-fringed beach track and had as much success as trainers with to-day's modern methods. His horses were invariably produced in perfect condition, and he was a popular figure at Addington.

Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 21Nov56

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