Greg Walling, the Managing Director of the Sullivan Group, and one of the main proponents behind the success of Kawartha Downs’ racetrack over the past two years, has been appointed a special advisor to Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal regarding the horse racing industry in Ontario.

“The engagement is for $1 per year,” said Walling who operates his company, which oversees corporate turnarounds and financings, in Lindsay, Ontario.

“I’ve learned a lot about the industry over the past few years working with Ian Fleming, Heather MacKay and Skip Ambrose, who all have worked in the industry for many years and also participated in the turnaround and renewal of Kawartha Downs.

“Given all of the tremendous change in horse racing these days Jeff asked if I would continue on and in particular advocate for the smaller racetracks in the province and I’m happy to do so.

“Horse racing helps the rural economies of the communities where it occurs. Growing up and living in rural Ontario I think it’s important that the significant role  of  horse racing in Ontario is not forgotten,” added Walling.