Revamped Winner’s Lounge set to be unveiled

Robyn Gurney and Shannon Bint-Popplewell with one of the new Black Dog Furniture leaners in the Winner's Lounge
Robyn Gurney and Shannon Bint-Popplewell with one of the new Black Dog Furniture leaners in the Winner's Lounge

Winning connections at The Cambridge Raceway’s Thursday meeting will be able to celebrate their success in a new look Winner’s Lounge.

Waikato’s home of harness racing has struck up a partnership with local company Black Dog Furniture to create a stylish space with their trademark rustic-look furniture where the Cambridge Raceway will host winning owners and trainers. 

“We are thrilled Black Dog Furniture have come on board to refit our Winner’s Lounge,” Cambridge Raceway CEO Dave Branch said.

“They are a local company that create a top-quality product that fits with the aesthetic of our brand.” 

Black Dog Furniture operate out of their Peake Road property, just 4km from the Cambridge Raceway, and have been designing and producing rustic-style furniture for over 20 years. 

With a focus on turning sustainable New Zealand timbers into family furniture that lasts for generations, Black Dog furniture provides a unique service and product where customers can choose from instore products or take advantage of the design, build and made to order service. 

The skilled craftspeople can create anything from personalised wine cellars to outdoor settings, recycled rimu dining tables to barn doors. 

“Robyn (Gurney, Sponsorship and Corporate Sales at the Cambridge Raceway) initially approached us after falling in love with the furniture in our showroom,” Black Dog Furniture Sales and Marketing representative Sandy Morris said. 

“Being a locally owned business located in Bruntwood, we are surrounded by businesses involved with horses and the racing industry. 

“We are in close proximity to the Raceway and as their neighbours we were thrilled to form a partnership with them and be involved in fitting out the revamped Winner’s Lounge.” 

Visitors to the Winner’s Lounge can expect to see rustic and functional pieces that are designed to sit and impress winners as they enjoy a celebratory drink. 

“The leaners are a nod to the historical Woolpresses used in shearing sheds,” Morris said. “We have included coat hooks make from recycled railway bolts.” 

“We are also working on a magnificent mirror made from recycled rimu for winners to reflect in their glory.”


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