A dual sulky will be paramount to the education of Maxi Trots drivers thanks to two prominent harness racing industry benefactors. Chris and Daren Garrard from Garrards Horse and Hound have kindly donated the sulky to HRNSW and the NSW Mini Trotting Association for use with Maxi Trotting drivers.
The sulky will allow an experienced driver to sit beside an inexperienced 14-15 year old in both training and an exhibition race situation to help teach the kids the tricks of the trade.
Garrards Horse and Hound Managing Director Daren Garrard are most supportive of the new concept.
“My son Angus is an aspiring driver having competed in the Mini Trotting ranks over the last few seasons,” he said.
“Maxi Trots, which will no doubt expand to other states in the future, will give him a tremendous schooling prior to mixing it with our best drivers in licensed events. Supporting Maxi Trots at the grass roots level through the donation of a dual sulky for education purposes was an investment in the future of our industry.”
Not only did the dual sulky have to be built, it had to be transported from Garrards Brisbane base to Newcastle for Saturday nights Maxi Trots launch.
Veteran participant and sponsor Colin McDowell answered the call at short notice arranging for his staff at Allied Express “the Freight Specialist” to transport the sulky to their Newcastle hub for pick up.
“My wife Cheryl and I have had decades of involvement in harness racing,” said McDowell.
“Our son Dean continues to train a large team of horses, Maxi Trots is a great concept and the team at Allied Express were only too happy to help out to make the launch a great success”.
Prior to the sulky being used for education, it will go around in the inaugural Maxi Trots exhibition event. Dennis Wilson will be doing the steering with champion jockey Robert Thompson jumping on for the ride.
The launch at Newcastle on Saturday night will coincide with a 25 year anniversary reunion of the Newcastle/Maitland Mini Trotting Club.