THE Bega Cup meeting at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club wasn’t all about the horse racing.
Four generations of the Curtis family came from all over Australia for a special reunion, which included watching the Bega Cup on Sunday.
The 2014 “Curtis Clan Reunion” attracted around 70 family members to the Bega Valley.
Attendees came from Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and NSW for the reunion.
Before the races, the Curtis clan enjoyed dinner in the Sapphire Room at Club Sapphire Merimbula on Saturday.
The oldest family member was Vic Curtis, 83, while six-month-old Oliver Bolton might not have understood what was going on.
Oliver was taken to the reunion by his mum Jemma Bolton, who lives in Bega.
Vic is a Bega Cup veteran, having travelled down to the Sapphire Coast to watch 40 of the past 50 Cups.
Vic was one of nine siblings, with only four still alive today.
One sibling settled in Bega, before becoming a cheese-maker on King Island in Tasmania.
Keryn Curtis, who lives in Sydney, said the turf club was the ideal meeting place for a reunion.
“Our family has always been into races – we’re a horse racing family,” Keryn said.
“One of our nephews works for [Moruya-based horse trainer] Luke Pepper, so that’s why we came here.
“It’s a central location and good for everybody.”
Keryn enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with her 31 cousins on Sunday.
“It’s the first time we’ve met since we were little – it’s been great,” she said.
Keryn said the Curtis reunion was set up by the “younger generations” on Facebook.
She said the family had set up a private Facebook group called “Curtis Clan”.
According to Keryn, all family members had joined the group, including Vic.
“It’s how we keep in touch with everyone,” she said.
“Even though we hadn’t all met [in person], it was like we already knew each other.”
Unfortunately, Keryn said some of the Curtis members had previously only met at the funerals of older generations.
“With our family, it’s been regeneration with the new generation,” she said.
“We keep the family together at a new generation level.”