Phelan named Youth Development Officer

The North Island Trainers and Drivers Association have appointed Scott Phelan as Youth Development Officer for the region.

The role has been created to assist the youth of the industry with their development and knowledge and act as a support role for any young person who may require assistance or advice.

Todd Macfarlane of the North Island Trainers and Drivers Association explained that Phelan will be available for all youth in the industry on an open door approach.

“There is a lot of talent out there and we want to help nurture them and help them be the best they can be,” said Macfarlane. “Scott will be available in a support role at race meetings and trials and can be contacted at any time.”

“He can also assist in enquires and view race videos, and if a rule has been breached he can also help explain what could have been done to help drivers learn from mistakes. The stipendiary stewards are also very supportive of Scott and we feel that this is a positive support base for cadets and young drivers and trainers.”

“The trainers and drivers association also would like to thank the North Island Amateur and North Island Owners association for their support financially in creating this role.”

Anyone wishing to seek advice or support from Phelan is encouraged to contact him directly on 022-329-9455.

The Northern Harness Racing Cadets in conjunction with the North Island Branch of NZ Trainers & Drivers Association will also hold an Industry Field Day at Franklin Park Training Centre.

This will be on Monday 26 March starting with lunch at 12 noon and the activities beginning at 12.30pm.

Both groups are encouraging the North Island harness trainers to send along their stable hands, cadets and junior drivers so they have the opportunity to gain knowledge from our industry leaders.

Speakers on the day will be Graeme Henley on pedigrees, Tony Grayling on stud duties from getting mares in foal until they are ready for the next step which is Yearling preparation. This topic will be covered by Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson.

Brent Mangos and Steven Reid will part with their knowledge and opinions for selecting Yearlings to purchase and then following on Derek Balle and Owen Gillies will demonstrate how the breaking and gaiting process works.

Syndication with ATC Syndicate Manager Andrew Jamieson will be the last topic on the day.

The day will have its share of fun along the way with quizzes, prizes and giveaways for those in attendance.

Scott Phelan in his role as the Youth Development Officer along with a delegation of the North Island Trainers & Drivers will be there to co-ordinate and over-see the afternoon.

The North Island Trainers & Drivers have organised for an MVP Award for the 2017/18 season with a trip to leading trainer Gary Hall in Perth. This will be points based with all cadets and junior drivers eligible.

For any further information on the day contact Sally Waters the North Island Education & Training Co-ordinator on 027 494 2850.