Story: Horse and greyhound racing

Ken Browne (2nd of 2)

Ken Browne

Owner–trainer Ken Browne rides Crown Star to victory in the Ngata Hurdles at Manawatū in June 1984. The pair went on to win the Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton in 1985 and 1986. The Cambridge stable of Ken and Ann Browne dominated New Zealand jumps racing for over 40 years. Ken began as an amateur jumps rider in 1951, and soon began training his own horses. He continued to ride until 2001, becoming the world’s oldest jumps jockey at the age of 67. He then suffered a riding accident on his farm which left him paralysed. His wife, Ann, continued to train their horses with Ken’s input, and after his death in 2006 kept their name to the fore. Tom’s Myth won the Great Northern Steeplechase in 2012, the 12th time the Browne stable had won the race; the first was in 1977 with Ascona, ridden by Ken Browne.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: Dom/1984/0616
Photograph by Martin Hunter

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Mary Mountier, 'Horse and greyhound racing - Horse racing: beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Mary Mountier, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Nov 2015