Administrators recognised at Canterbury awards
By Jonny Turner
Administrator Barry Dent was recognised for his service to the industry at the Canterbury Harness Racing Awards at Addington on Saturday night.
The long serving member of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club board member was presented with this year’s Outstanding Contribution To Canterbury Harness Racing award.
Dent was not the only Canterbury administrator honoured on Saturday night.
Amberley Trotting Club stalwart Ross Rennie was presented with the volunteer of the year award.
The rising star award was taken out by Nicole Thomas
Star pacers Spankem and Ultimate Sniper helped their breeders each take home trophies from the awards on Saturday night.
Spankem’s breeders, Robin and Gwenda Wah, were crowned pacing breeders of the year.
Reality Check, whose progeny include Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete, won the pacing broodmare of the year award.
The Armbro Operative mare, who is owned by Katrina and Graeme Walsh, is due to foal a full brother to Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete soon.
Ultimate Sniper’s part owner, Gavin Douglas, was crowned the pacing owner of the year.
Ken Ford won the trotting owner of the year award and Trevor Casey won the overall owner of the year title.
Dominion favourite Sundees Son helped his owners Colin and Nancy Hair take home two trophies.
The couple were crowned trotting breeders of the year.
Sundees Son’s dam, Stardon, won the broodmare of the year award.
The Canterbury awards’ trainers’ award was won by Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd.
Tim Williams took the driver’s awards and Kimberly Butt won the junior driver’s award.
Owners Association Trotting Owner Of The Year
Breeders Association Pacing Breeders of the Year
Robin & Gwenda Wah
Horseman’s Association Junior Driver's Award
Owners Association Pacing Owner Of The Year
Breeders Association Pacing Broodmare of the Year
Horseman’s Association Driver's Award
Owners Association Owner of the Year
Breeders Association Trotting Breeders of the Year
Colin & Nancy Hair
Horseman’s Association Trainer's Award
Breeders Association Trotting Broodmare of the Year
Stardon (dam of Sundees Son)
Woodlands Stud Outstanding Contribution to Canterbury Harness Racing 2019