HE MIGHT have stepped down from the Bendigo Harness Racing Club Committee, but Peter Svanosio is not walking away from the sport he loves. Anything but.
The Bendigo and indeed Australian harness racing stalwart and former trainer was honoured for 42-years of service at a gathering of past and present committee members on Tuesday night.
It officially marked the end his time on the committee.
But the BHRC life member has no plans on exiting the harness racing scene.
"I just felt my time was up on the committee, but I will still be helping around the club," he said.
"I'll still drive the mobile for them and I'll still have my horses.
"I'll help out when I can. (Son and trainer/driver) Chris and I have got plenty of horses and I'm busy at the trials.
"We have got a mobile driver, who I trained up. I drove it for a while last year when they didn't have anyone. If he goes away or has a week off, I won't let them down and I'll step in.
"If there's something else that needs to be done, I'll do it.
"I had probably been trying to give it away the last three or four years, hoping someone would come along and take my spot, so the president was well aware that if there was something wanting to fill a spot it was there."
Svanosio officially tendered his resignation the day after the 2019 Bendigo Pacing Cup meeting.
He said he looked back with great pride on his involvement with both the committee and a progressive club.
Svanosio felt privileged the club's members had continued to show faith in him throughout his more than four decades on the committee.
"When I came onto the committee, you had to be elected and face an election every two years - I was in people's hands," he said.
"It's not like these days when clubs and organisations struggle to get people on to committees.
"I take some pride in the fact that members of my club continued to re-elect me.
"That is why I was still there all those years and then went off on my own volition."
Svanosio said the horses he raced with son Chris would continue to take up plenty of his time.
One of those, Artful Christian will line up on Bendigo Powder Coating 2019 Anniversary Cup night at Lord's Raceway on Friday.
The six-year-old gelding, who was breed by former BHRC executive Dennis Bice, will contest a C2 to C3 event, and will be driven by emerging driver Tayla French.
A high-calibre field for the Anniversary Cup (C6 or better) is headed by the Emma Stewart-trained Somerocksomeroll and Idealsomemagic, who is chasing a fourth-straight win for the Tindale stable.
BHRC general manager Erik Hendrix praise 42 years of 'wonderful' service from Svanosio.
"Introduced to the club as a young boy, Peter has truly seen this club built from the ground up," he said.
"I have never seen anyone serve such a long time on any type committee.
"It's a testament to Peters character and shows how well loved he was around the club to be continually voted on as a committee member.
"Peter will now have time to concentrate on helping trainer, driver and son Chris Svanosio with his growing stable.
"As a life member you will still see Peter around the club and at most meetings."