Sad Passing Of Ada Parnwell

The New Zealand racing and breeding industries lost a respected and enthusiastic supporter with the death on Monday of Ada Parnwell. In her late eighties, she passed away at her Tauranga home after a period of failing health.

She had a wide and varied involvement as the principal of Cambridge Lodge, which was the base for various aspects of her bloodstock interests.

Thoroughbred auctions have taken place at Cambridge Lodge in the central Waikato for more than two decades, while the Parnwell racing and breeding stock were based there along with the popular tourist attraction, the Kiwi Horse Magic Show.

Mrs Parnwell was also a generous sponsor of races and was also underwrote the Thoroughbred Bonus Scheme (TBS), which provided payments to the enrolled winners of designated races.

Corndale was an early star to race in the Parnwell colours, while in recent years Fleur De Lune, who was raced in partnership with Hawke’s Bay couple John and Colleen Duncan, provided her with her first Group One success in the 2013 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie.

Cambridge Lodge is also the home of the Parnwell-owned Danehill stallion Civics, whose progeny include this season’s Listed Newmarket Handicap winner Civics Rock.