The future stars of the harness racing industry will this year get a chance to test themselves against their like-minded peers from around the country in the inaugural staging of the Primary ITO Cadet of the Year competition.
Based on a similar concept to the popular Young Farmer of the Year contest, the new competition will see New Zealand’s current Level 4 Cadets go head-to-head with their classmates in firstly their regional finals and then the national final at Addington Raceway on July 30.
One regional representative from both Southland and Auckland will make the trip South while Canterbury will produce the other two finalists.
The regional finals will see contestants forced to call on all the knowledge they have acquired throughout their time on the Cadet course with six different disciplines to be tested on during the day from a general knowledge quiz, down to a timed driving challenge in which Cadets will have to work a horse to within a specific time for each sectional.
29 cadets from around New Zealand will compete in the regional finals which kick off next Wednesday, June 25 at Addington for the Canterbury finals before heading to Ascot Park in Invercargill for the Southland final on July 2 and then the Frankling Trotting Track for the Northern region on July 7.
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