Senior steward Shane Larkins has advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) of his resignation after an extensive career with the integrity team.

In early 2022 he and his family will move to Queensland for the next chapter in their lives, Larkins citing “a passion for horses outside the industry and new challenges in that space” as significant factors behind his family’s decision.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at HRV and leave the organisation proud of what the integrity team, and in particular the stewards’ panel, has achieved in my more than 10 years involved,” Larkins said.

“My family and I have considered carefully this move to Queensland and we are excited about what the future holds.

“I want to wish my colleagues at HRV and the wider harness racing industry in Victoria the very best moving forward.”

Larkins initially joined HRV in 2006 before moving to Tasmania to take up the Chairman of Stewards’ role in that state between 2007-11.

Returning to Victoria as HRV Chairman of Stewards from 2011-13, Larkins has been a Senior Steward for the past eight years.

“Shane is a widely respected senior steward with extensive experience and a popular member of the stewards’ panel,” HRV General Manager – Integrity Brent Fisher said.

“He will certainly be missed, but I understand his family are looking forward to the next chapter of their lives. I thank Shane for his service and wish he and his family all the best for the future.”

Larkins’ final day at HRV will be January 4, 2022.

Announcements regarding Larkins’ replacement will be made in due course.