There was a time when no self respecting horseman would go out on the track to jog or train a horse without carrying a stopwatch. But today you would be hard pressed to find many drivers and trainers who take the time and carry a stopwatch and make sure they are going the trip they wanted to.
Of course many will say they can rate a horse or cover a distance by instinct and they may be correct, but that is a very special art form.
But now technology has reached the point where you don’t have to worry about timing quarters, measuring distance and hitting the correct button. They have a stopwatch that will do it for you!
It’s called the TimerGPS T100 and it was first created and sold on the market out of Finland in 2010. The team behind the TimerGPS design, research and development consists of a mixture of experienced sports technology experts and equine sports professionals.
The stopwatch was developed in one of the northernmost centers for horse sports. Finland is renowned for its technological ambition and innovative solutions. They thrive on using whatever new technology is available to help enhance their training and racing regiments.
TimerGPS T100 is now available in the United States and Canada through Pennsbury Enterprises in Penndel, PA for $399.00 and it comes with a free silicone cover. You can also check with your local dealer.
“They started out selling in Europe,” said Pennsbury’s owner, Al Eggert, “And it took off like gangbusters. They have already sold 6,500 units in Europe. It’s been a bit slower to take off here in North America. But those who have purchased the TimerGPS say it is the greatest stopwatch they have ever had.”
“The Europeans are very disciplined,” Eggert said, “And their work efforts are beyond belief as they want to make sure they give their horses every technological advantage that is affordable to them for helping in both training and racing. We seem to be a little bit more complacent in the USA and Canada. Not everyone in harness racing here jumps up and gets the newest “toys” to help them out.”
What makes the TimerGPS T100 so unique is that you can, of course, manually set it to tell you how long and how many miles or kilometers or laps you have jogged a horse, can time by split seconds for quarters, eighths, etc., but it can be set to do it automatically and can be right on your wrist “hands free” so you can just glance over and not have to worry about clicking any buttons while you are concentrating on driving your horse. Just hit start and be on your way.
“Trainer Jonas Czernyson uses TimerGPS with every horse he takes out on the track,” Said AJ Eggert, Al’s son. “Jonas wants to know that each horse is keeping pace with the schedule he has set so he uses TimerGPS on every racehorse and his babies too.
“It’s so simple you can take it out of the box,” Eggert explained, “turn it on, hit start and off you go. It’s GPS system will calculate where you started from and count every lap, how fast you are going, or even count down your mile. The T100 always displays your time, real-time pace, and distance travelled, while being super easy to see and use. You can set it up for any mode or distance, hit start and go, the T100 does everything else for you. It will even save your training information so you can break down by the laps you went or read out your quarter mile times. It is really a great device.”
If you are looking for that perfect gift for someone who has most everything in racing, here is an item that could provide a very pleasant holiday surprise. You can contact Pennsbury Enterprises online at www.pennsburyenterprises.com , via email at email@example.com or call them at 215-741-5960.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com