Trevor Beaton and Natalie Gameson, of Harness Racing New Zealand’s Education and Training department, on Monday (September 23) hosted a number of Career Advisors' at Addington Raceway.
Each of the advisors was taken for a spin around the track in a dual sulky before being taken up for lunch and a Q & A in the Blossom Lady Lounge.
“Driving in a dual sulky was great fun,” said Bill Hall of St Bedes College. I didn’t expect it to be like that.
“There are not many sports where the best in the business would take the time out to go around the track with you in a dual sulky,” said Hall, when asked about driving alongside champion reinsman, Dexter Dunn.
Samantha Ottley, Bruce Hutton, and Charlotte Hunter were others who took the advisors' around in the dual sulkies, while Jamie Gameson also helped out by supplying two of the horses.
Up in the Blossom Lady Lounge the Career Advisors' were spoken to by a panel of three made up of Dexter Dunn, Samantha Ottley and, Harnesslink’s very own, Mitchell Robertson.
The day was a hit, and not only did the majority of advisors enjoy the thrill of driving a horse but they also learnt there is much more to harness racing than what meets the eye.
Hopefully, now that the advisors' are more aware of the huge variety of careers in this great sport, they will be able to point students who may be interested in a career in harness racing in the right direction.