Day At The Track

Sydney Weaver joins Harnesslink as columnist!

06:56 AM 10 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Sydney Weaver and Ron Waples jogging a horse
Photo by Liz Waples

The Staff of Harnesslink is proud to announce that Canada’s darling of harness racing, Sydney Weaver, will be a regular columnist for the website starting today!

Sydney, 13, from Acton, Ontario, has Cerebral Palsy, but that has not stopped her from already obtaining her grooms license (at age 10) and jogging horses. Due to the generosity of people in the industry, Sydney has her own special jog cart and is a co-owner of the pacing mare, Sydney Seelster, whom we have all read about their exploits as of late.

She is no rookie when it comes to writing. Sydney, at age 11, was the winning entrant in the 2011 O’Brien awards VIP package for her entry on why she loves Canadian harness racing and in 2012 won the 12-and-under category in the USTA’s 2012 Marie Hill Youth Writing contest.

Sydney will be writing her columns on her experiences in harness racing. Her first column is below and we welcome her to our staff!

On The Rail with Sydney Weaver

It’s a warm May night and the sun is getting ready to set.

The sound of hooves thundering by, heading for home and the crowds are cheering! What a great night to be on the rail. As the trainer walks by I wish him congratulations on his win.

The horse and driver meet their trainer in the Winner’s Circle. I glance over to see the steam blowing off the horse’s back, fading with the setting sun.

On his way back to the paddock, it has become a tradition that I always congratulate the driver on his win, we have a quick chat, and I wish him the best of luck for the rest of the night.  I take a look at the program for the next race and pick whom I will cheer for.

I hear a song that I know playing in the background and I start dancing in my seat! After the song ends, the trumpets blare, signalling for the horses to come and parade. I look on in wonder and awe at their beauty and grace, and wonder how a creature could be so powerful yet elegant at the same time.  

As the horses take up their positions behind the gate, and the pace car begins to pick up speed, my heart begins to beat faster and faster, the race is on...

I take a deep breath and think, what a great night to be on the rail...

Sydney’s column will appear regularly on Harnesslink.

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