BHR Papalia are proud to partner with numerous local businesses who are excelling in their industries and making an impact on their communities. This month we are spotlighting Bunbury Trotting Club, a historic Bunbury venue who are shooting up in popularity as a function centre, hand in hand with their core business of trotting events.
Tell us about the Bunbury Trotting Club?
Bunbury Trotting Club Manager Julie Doble has been at the Club for 11 years, and OHS Officer/Events Coordinator Kate Ryan-Taylor for 13.
“We originally had 28 race meetings a year when I started, sometimes 48 – we were racing most weekends,” Julie said.
“It’s back to 27 now, so we’re racing every second weekend. Trotting is family oriented, grass roots, and pretty country.”
Bunbury Trotting Club is part of a network of trotting clubs spreading across Perth, Northam, Narrogin, Yallingup and far north. Trotting works on a tier-based system, where a horse who is just starting out and hasn’t yet won any money races at Northam, Narrogin and Bunbury. A horse who has won more than $25,000 will race at Pinjarra. The next level after that takes them to Gloucester Park.
“To extend a horse’s value and lifetime, they come back down through the system, so at some points they may race at the same level as those coming up,” Julie said.
The Bunbury Trotting Club has been operating since the 1940s. The first race meeting was held at Hands Oval, and the 10th Light Horse Brigade trained at the club.
“People would catch a train with their horses from the farm and train here before they went to war,” Julie said.
What do BHR Papalia do for you?
"BHR Papalia carry out bookkeeping for Bunbury Trotting Club," Julie said. “Kate and I are both flat tack, and we need someone else to take care of it. It gives us complete transparency when going to the auditor, and because it’s all cloud based it makes life simple. All invoices are simply forwarded onto receipt bank, and our timesheets are linked directly into Xero, it works really well. My strength is my creativity and passion for the job, not doing bookwork. BHR build in consistency, because the books are always done.”
Julie said BHR Papalia had put procedures in place she hadn’t thought of. “They’ve set up Kounta for our stocktaking & our point of sale system. I can invoice from it, see which products are selling, their gross profit margins and keep track of our inventory. When I started here we were writing and posting cheques – since Reon has been in place on the committee, it’s just getting better and better. They also help us with forecasting and business performance, this really lets us know how we are performing and what is and isn’t working for us."
What has been your highlight of the past year?
Bunbury Trotting Club has been gaining popularity as a venue to hold events, and in the past year has hosted non-race day events such as Christmas in July, wakes, birthdays, weddings and reunions.
“Functions have recently been snowballing,” Julie said. “We’re hiring out equipment, running markets once a month, there are three non-race day functions a week on top of the racing meets. Every function is different, and we rearrange the rooms every time. We’re lucky to have two dedicated volunteers, Kerry Keenan and June Suckling, who come and do all the decorating.”
Bunbury Trotting Club is heavily involved in the Bunbury community, hosting community events such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, Relay for Life and Light the Night. The club employs a lot of older people and juniors, and provide extensive training. In addition to this they run a work for the dole program.
“A lot of the work for the dole participants go on to get jobs, and at least five of them are working here now,” Julie said.
You can following Bunbury Trotting Club on Facebook, or check out their website.
Kate Ryan-Taylor and Julie Doble at the Bunbury Trotting Club