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Hugh Carmody

It is with deep sadness that Harness Racing New South Wales advises that renowned breeder Hugh Carmody passed away last Friday surrounded by his family, aged 92.

Hugh Carmody

It is with deep sadness that Harness Racing New South Wales advises that renowned breeder Hugh Carmody passed away last Friday surrounded by his family, aged 92.

‘Hughie’ was a pioneer of the sport and founded Lochend Stud in Maitland in 1973, which is still operated by the Carmody family today.

A respected man amongst his peers, Mr Carmody was devoted to the advancement of breeding in New South Wales and had much success within this arena.


Mr Carmody stood many stallions over the past half century including NSW Sire of the Year Tyrolean Dancer.

Lochend Stud was also the home of prolific broodmare Bonny Belmedia, a NSW Broodmare of the Year.

The polish Lochend Stud put on their yearlings made their horses’ standouts and much sought after at the sales.

“Hughie Carmody was a true harness racing pioneer, not afraid to invest in the breeding industry and did so with considerable success,” HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said.

“He was also one of the most respectful men in the industry, a man who rarely contested an issue being only too willing to advance the sport.”

Family and friends are warmly invited to a funeral mass to celebrate Mr Carmody’s life this Thursday at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, East Maitland, at 11:30am.

To all of Mr Carmody’s family and friends, HRNSW passes on its sincerest sympathies in this difficult time.


Harness Racing NSW




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