Dennis William Green
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the help I’ve received from the NJT.
My journey in racing began in the early 1970s as an apprentice for legendary Caulfield trainer Geoff Murphy. These were tough times for a fourteen-year-old, and unfortunately, Murphy’s stable was not a healthy or safe working environment for children. I experienced the giddy heights of track success on the one hand, but behind the scenes a much more sinister reality prevailed. The incidental and cumulative trauma from this period in my life would then shape my transition to adulthood and beyond.
Weight issues finished my race-riding career by the early 80’s. However, I remained involved in racing as a horse breaker and track rider until the early 2000s. It was at this time I sought resolution and justice through the legal system, culminating in the 2008 ‘Jockey Ritual Trial’ at the Victorian County Court, where two of three defendants (former Murphy stablehands) were found guilty of indecent assaults against a minor. Since then, I have testified before the 2014 Royal Commission into Institutional child abuse, and more recently provided testimony to the Racing Victoria Integrity Review into historical abuse, which remains ongoing at this time.
I reached out to Debra Price from the NJT late last year. My financial situation had become desperate, and I struggled daily to make ends meet. Debra helped me work through my financial priorities and obligations and then provided direct financial support to get me through this difficult period. Debra’s empathy and compassion made a powerful impression on me. It is incredibly gratifying to know that people care, and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all at the AJT for not only providing material support but also for rekindling hope and faith in humanity, which for me is priceless.
Dennis William Green.