Auckland, NZ – Harnesslink.com, harness racing’s only global online website dedicated to covering news and events world-wide, is celebrating its 11th anniversary on Thursday, October 10.
“I remember when we first debuted the website,” said founder and CEO John Curtin, “There were only four other harness racing sites on the internet at that time. It is hard to imagine that eleven years has gone by.
“I am very proud that Harnesslink.com has continued to grow over the years,” Curtin said. “We are now the leading provider of harness racing news from around the world. This year we also totally redesigned our website, making the site much faster, easier to read and navigate and we now feature the largest resource library for stories, videos and photographs in the industry. Currently every story we post has a photograph or graphic and when possible we also include video.”
“It’s just amazing how much the site has grown and improved since we first started in 2002.” Curtin said.
Although, as mentioned earlier, Harnesslink has recently undergone a complete revamp, don’t expect things to plateau anytime soon.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our site and there will be some more changes made over the next couple of weeks.”
Curtin said that he started, his brain child, Harnesslink.com eleven years ago as he could never find enough news and information to quench his thirst for the sport, and thought “surely others are feeling the same?”
Hundreds of thousands of visitors later, I’d suggest he was right.
In 2012 an ‘Online News Research Company’ claimed that www.Harnesslink.com has one of the highest return visitor rates anywhere in the world and that is something we are very proud of and will look to maintain in the future.
What changes would you like to see on Harnesslink.com? We would appreciate your feedback as you are the people who we strive to impress. Emails to Editor@Harnesslink.com
So, apart from the most important event in 2002, the birth of Harnesslink, what else was happening in this great sport of ours that year?
- Walter Case, Jr. was the sports leading driver with 708 wins.
- Real Desire was named the USA Harness Horse of the Year
- The Inter Dominion Pacing Final was won by Smooth Satin
- The Interdominion Trotting Final was won by Game Bid
- The Elitlopp was won by Varrene
- The NZ Cup was won by Kym’s Girl
- Red River Hanover won the North America Cup – and the same year his even better younger brother Rocknroll Hanover was born
- Mach Three was victorious In the Meadowland Pace
- Million Dollar Cam claimed the Little Brown Jug
- Kerryn Manning became the first female reinswoman in the world to drive 1000 winners
- Champion NZ trainer Mark Purdon moved from Auckland to Christchurch
By the staff at Harnesslink.com