Ben Walden, Jr. has been named Chief Operating Officer for the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club. Walden has already joined the operation's management team and live racing on the island will be under his care for the first time Sunday for the Indepedence Day card.
“Ben Walden comes to Saint Lucia with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to his contribution here,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club.
“This is an industry built on relationships and our club is working diligently to be part of the local community, as well as the international racing community. Ben is going to be integral to growing these relationships as well as mentoring the young Saint Lucians who are entering this new industry.”
Walden's focus will be on contributing to the club's community and corporate responsibility initiatives, which are run under the banner of the Winston Trim Training Programme.
“Upon a complete briefing by Teo and Ivy on the master plan for the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club, the surrounding development, and for the people of St. Lucia…there was not a shadow of doubt that all of my past experience in the horse business had prepared me for such a time as this, in
such a place as this, for such a project as this,” Walden said. “Elaine and I are honored to join this corporate family. I am also most excited to be developing the new curriculum for the Winston Trim Equine School for young Islanders, to teach them to be fine horsemen and horsewoman, and to include a mentoring program.”