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Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's show features junior driver Zev Meredith following his first win; Grant Anderson of the Kaikoura TC updates us on their travel subsidy for their Sunday meeting; Jim Crawford of the Tuapeka HRC is with us ahead of their annual meeting this weekend also. And Richard Wilson as usual provides us with the Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. On this week’s podcast we interview retiring freeze brander, John Boyd, following his recent award for 50 years’ service to the harness racing industry. We’re also joined by trainer James Stormont, who on Friday night trained his 200th winner in Sunny Petite. Bruce Stewart chats to us about the upcoming Riverton Trotting Club meeting, and the brand new Southern Harness website, which includes exclusive punting information! Plus Bookmaker Richard Wilson is back with another Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

Bluff based harness racing owner John Edminstin has enjoyed ownership from many different vantage points. During his 15 years on the ownership journey he has experienced memorable moments as an outright owner, a breeder, a shareholder and also as a syndicate member. “My earliest memories of harness racing were from going to the race track with my parents,” recalled John. “I think that’s where my love of harness racing started out.” John, who also runs the popular Bluff Oyster Festival, was a part of the Bluff Bowling Club (BBC) Syndicate who had great success with their horses over the years. “We had ten members and had some wonderful horses,” John said. “We had the likes of Bet’s Bet who won eight races, Capitol Drive who won five and also Ted West who won six here before being sold to Australia.” “We had some really fun moments as a syndicate. We were quite social and liked to head to the races together. It was a great experience to enjoy that with others.” John was able to also pursue ownership in his own right, racing the likes of When The Music’s Over who won five races and sits fondly in John’s memories. “I would have to say he was one of my favourites,” John said. “He was so honest and gave it his all, he even placed in a few country cups but unfortunately just couldn’t pick one up. Be he stands out in my favourite moments as an owner.” He has also recent tasted success after turning his hand to breeding. “I bred from Kentucky Girl because I was told her family would be quite commercial,” John explained. “She has a lot of good blood in her family so I decided to give breeding a go and she has had a promising start. I bred Onesmartfella (by Tintin In America) on my own out of her, and then my friend Earl Shannon came on board after that and we have together bred her to A Rocknroll Dance and Sportswriter. She is now in foal to Vincent.” Kentucky Girl quickly returned the faith put in her by producing Onesmartfella to win the Nugget final last week at Northern Southland. He has now had one win and a second from just two career starts. As many owners know though the path to the winner’s circle is not easy. John has too experienced his fair share of bad luck and disappointment. “We had horses that for some reason or another we did not see the best of,” John admitted. “Turbine was a big brute of a horse, which is why he was named that, but he had a wind issue and we had to retire him after winning three races.” “Rochester won three of five and was sold to Perth before he broke down, and Dunrobin who won a Nugget final. They were two that had huge ability but sadly we didn’t see them best of them either. That’s just horse racing I guess, and it makes the wins even more special.” “It can be an expensive past time, but I have spread it out over the years.” “I would probably describe ownership as a bad habit. The best part of being an owner is winning,” John laughed. “But it is also about the sharing the ups and downs with friends and being a part of a syndicate is also fun and an affordable way to experience ownership.” To find out more about how you can be involved in ownership please contact Jess Smith, HRNZ Ownership Co-Ordinator by emailing jess@hrnz.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

Fast 10 Horse Racing is arriving this December. Quick Horse Racing Ltd is excited to be bringing you a world first, Fast10 Horse Racing – a live action packed daytime event at Addington Raceway on 20th December 2019, starting from 11.30am. Fast10 Horse Racing is combining the best of racing for our true racing enthusiasts along with an exciting, action packed event including a colourful array of entertainment. This event will include ten races each featuring 10 horses in just over 2 ½ hours! Fast10 is the next level of racing - it’s faster and quicker than ever before, racing in half the time but doubling the fun. Owners, Tony Russell and Glenn Hames have been working on this concept for over two years and are thrilled to be bringing the first event to Christchurch. They are both passionate about the racing industry and wanted to “reignite passion and interest in the industry while creating a fun and exciting event to appeal to new customers”. The concept of Fast10 is similar to other sports such as T20 Cricket by creating a new product based on a traditional sport. “We have seen how T20 cricket has changed Cricket and we believe that Fast10 can provide that same effect to racing in New Zealand”. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates here  Hospitality options will be available soon, we will update the public as soon as they are on sale. For further information on Fast 10 Horse Racing, please contact: Glenn Hames - ghames.qhr@gmail.com or 0272032746 Tony Russell - trussell.qhr@gmail.com or 0274326522 Pure racing, Pure excitement, Pure fun   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Addington in association with co-sponsor Airpark Canterbury are excited to announce all individual owners will receive an owners pass to thank and acknowledge them for their ongoing support.   The Airpark Canterbury & Addington Owners Pass will provide all registered owners a complimentary drink (one house beer, house wine or soft drink) redeemable from any public bar open on course at all NZMTC Race Meetings apart from Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day.   This pass will also enable owners to access the IRT Stables.   “It is really important for Addington to thank our customers on an ongoing basis. Our owners are vital to our industry and it is one thing I wanted to introduce this year as a sign of Addington’s appreciation. It’s fantastic that Airpark Canterbury, one of our long term and loyal sponsors have partnered with us to thank our owners” says Chief Executive Officer, Brian Thompson.   Thompson continued to say “It is really easy to obtain an Airpark Canterbury & Addington Owners Pass. Owners just need to start a horse at a NZMTC race meeting from 4th October 2019. The passes will be available to collect at our race day administration desk on the ground floor foyer of the Metropolitan Stand. After collecting their owners pass, a complimentary drink is available to all owners, irrespective of whether their horse is racing or not.”   Graeme Harris, Managing Director of Airpark Canterbury is delighted to be co-sponsoring the owners pass.   “I thought this was a great idea of Addington’s. Being an owner myself, I saw the value straight away and wanted to support Addington with this. I also wanted to thank our owners as they are extremely supportive of me and my team by parking their cars at Airpark Canterbury.”   It is important to note the owners pass can be used at all NZMTC race meetings, including the Show Day Races, however, due to the complex nature of the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day, this pass is unable to be used on this day.   For full terms and conditions about the new Airpark Canterbury & Addington Owners Pass, please visit: https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/airpark-canterbury-addington-owners-pass/   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

An amazing trip for two to Mooloolaba is up for grabs this Friday at Addington Raceway in the world’s first Harness Racing E-Sport Catch Driver Championship.   Catch Driver is a harness racing game where players can race live against other players from all over the world by using their touchscreen mobile phone or device.   Catch Driver is now live in its new 3D version, which means players will be able to get closer to the action than ever be- fore, and it’s all at your fingertips on your smart phone.   Following the recent trials at Addington Raceway, Catch Driver will be holding the world’s first E-Sport Harness Racing Championship this Friday oncourse with three heats and final to be held between races.   Run in conjunction with Addington Raceway and Harness Racing New Zealand, the Catch Driver team have finalized a live coverage of the game which will broadcast this Friday’s heats and finals.   Contenders play in special and exclusive Addington ‘game events’ via their phone, while the race is broadcast live on the Big Screen on the infield, and also on selected television screens around the track.   Three heats of nine players will be held this Friday, with the first three in each heat home through to the final to be held later in the evening.   The fantastic prizes in the Addington Catch Driver Championship Grand Final are:   First place – A trip for two to Mooloolaba, Queensland Australia. Accommodation at the stunning Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Mooloolaba for three nights thanks to Addington Raceway. With a $1,000 travel voucher towards travel costs, thanks to Westview Racing.   Second Place – Two tickets to the Lindauer Lawn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day thanks to Addington Raceway.   Third Place – 2,500 Catch Driver Horse Shoes thanks to the Catch Driver team in Canada. Players can register their interest by emailing Jess Smith at HRNZ – jess@hrnz.co.nz Space is very limited for this exciting event and successful entrants into the heats will be contacted directly and sent an entry form to complete.   Please note entrants must check in at the registration desk next to the Lanson Lawn by the birdcage area at least 30 min- utes before their heat is run. Should they fail to do so their space will be taken by the next person on the waiting list.   It is also the responsibility of the player to ensure they have enough ‘Catch Driver Cards’ to compete in the heat or final. Finalized times for the heats and finals will be made available very soon.   We are thrilled to present this Championship as an introduction to the Catch Driver game, giving the Harness Racing in- dustry a world first and the game will be a regular part of the Addington oncourse entertainment options for race goers.   To download the game visit: http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's show features junior driver Alicia Harrison following her winning double last week including the Te Awamutu Cup; John Stiven of Arden Lodge after he trained his first winner; Newly appointed Methven TC President, Mark Lemon and our regular update with Bookmaker Richard Wilson.   Jess Smith

Harness Racing New Zealand is pleased to advise that the Junior Driver Savings Scheme developed by the Youth Council, went live from 1st of September 2019.   This scheme is designed to assist the next generation of licence holders to forge a sound financial understanding and plan, ensuring that once they finish as a junior driver they will have a saving base to help support them in the next phase of their career.   Junior Drivers will now have the option to deposit 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of their driving fees into a savings scheme. HRNZ’s preferred provider for this scheme is the Hammock Group, a nationwide Financial Services provider with clients from Auckland to Southland.   Matt Golding, a well-known HRNZ industry participant will be at the forefront of this enterprise, supporting the juniors during the initial set up process along with offering sound professional financial advice throughout.   Junior Drivers will work with a registered Financial Adviser who will discuss options with them and develop an individual plan   The Hammock Group are advisers for a New Zealand owned and operated investment specialist, Booster. Booster is a well-established, gold-rated, award winning, certified socially responsible Kiwisaver and investment provider who are committed to getting New Zealanders on the financial front foot and currently manage 100,000’s of New Zealanders investments for them. Booster is a Govern ment chosen default provider and will be used to manage the portion of money that is to be saved by the Junior Driver.   HRNZ are excited to be able to create this opportunity to our junior drivers and we know we already have a number of juniors ready to sign up. This is an opportunity HRNZ recommend all junior drivers to look into and Matt Golding will be in touch with you all soon to have a one on one chat.   For further information please contact Natalie Gameson, HRNZ Education and Training Co-Ordinator Natalie@hrnz.co.nz     Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's guest are Phil Williamson; following his first dual Group One winning haul; Grant Anderson of the Kaikoura Trotting Club updates us on this years' meeting and Jill Stockman of Stonewall Stud talks ownership opportunities. Also Richard Wilson is back for this week's Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's episode features Alana Cameron, Nathan Delany, Philippa Hanley and bookie James Renshaw.    Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

Gerald Cayford is a man with many levels of involvement within the harness racing industry. He’s not only a regular race sponsor and a passionate owner and breeder, but he is also currently the President of the Kurow Harness Racing Club, and Vice President of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club. Gerald and his bus have become a familiar landmark at race meetings around the southern parts of the country, and when he’s not hauling whitebait from the rivers of the West Coast, he’s serving them to industry participants from his perfectly set up house bus. The bus comes complete with a live trackside feed on tv, food preparation facilities and a well-stocked bar. Gerald and the bus will be in operation next Sunday when the Kurow Harness Racing Club holds its annual race meeting at Oamaru, and as an owner himself the President of the Club is once again thanking owners for racing at the meeting by offering them a free BBQ complete with whitebait patties. He says it was only natural that he would gravitate towards racing in some way, shape or form, with his family being keen on the sport. “My family has always been into racing. My uncle was a professional punter, he never smoked, never drank, but just loved racing. He was based in Dunedin and would drive around all the meetings and trials and follow the form,” explained Gerald. “Our ownership journey actually started in gallopers. But I had a mate that had horses with Ian Munro who was based in Otematata in the Waitaki Valley, and they suggested I look into harness ownership.” “The first harness horse that won for us was Affitoeti, who was a syndicate horse that my brother Alex trained.” “I was actually away at a golf tournament in Nelson when it won. I remember watching it on the tv at the pub and everyone at the pub backed it. I thought if this loses, I’m going to get my backside kicked. But the whole place was just roaring with excitement when it won,” Gerald laughed. The wins have continued to tally up for Gerald over the years, but despite that he still finds the magnitude of the occasion can affect him when watching his horses compete. “I actually get quite flustered and uptight when my horse is anywhere near the front turning for home,” he admits.  “But if they do win it takes me awhile to wind down. It doesn’t matter if it’s a seven win horse winning, or a maiden win. I still get just as excited every time we get a win.” “The thrill that I get seeing other people as first time winning owners is just as exciting too,” Gerald explained. “The other week I was at Forbury and a young lady had just trained her first winner. We took them up to the members bar afterwards and to see that thrill and emotion they were feeling was so special. We couldn’t get a word in for twenty minutes they were so excited. It was just awesome.” Gerald and his wife Rose have formed a great relationship with Amber Hoffman, who trains the majority of their horses from her Waikouaiti Beach stable. “We have been involved with Amber Hoffman for a number of years now, we live next door. Amber would be the hardest working person that I have ever met. She just needed an opportunity.” “She does a lot of work with sore horses, and a lot of people won’t realise that she works with a lot of horses that have problems and she does an amazing job.” And despite the fact he lives right next door to most of his horses, a bad past experience of the equine variety has led him to be very cautious around the stable. “When I had gallopers I got bitten badly by one. I had my back turned to it and it lunged out with its teeth and picked me up by the shoulder. So now I am not hands on, I keep my distance from the horses and I’m weary, but I love them.” Along with ownership, came the chance for Gerald to dip his toe in the water with breeding, to the point where he now has ten mares booked to be bred in the upcoming season. “I suppose the breeding side was always sitting at the back of my mind,” he said. “I bought Tara Magic in foal from Ray Anicich, and I ended up losing the colt. But she had left Class of Tara who raced here and in Australia and it had won a big race in Aussie so it was a great family.” “We bred Shez Good out of her, who has won three races for Patrick O’Reilly, and she is going to go in foal this year. And I’ve also got another filly out of her too that I will breed from in Gerrys Girl.” When asked who might be his favourite horse, a fond glint appears in his eye. “Heard The Whisper is such a gentleman,” he smiles. “He’s only had 48 starts and 7 wins, and is lightly raced for a nine-year-old as he’s had so many issues,” explained Gerald. “Amber Hoffman and Peter Gillespie put so much into the horse to try and get him right. Amber was just so heartbroken.” “She came to me twice in a week and was really upset, and she said she just can’t work out what is going on with the horse and why she can’t get him right.” “So I said to her, it’s not your fault. Just find the problem and we will fix the horse.” So after extensive work with vet Peter Gillespie coming out to film the horse working on the beach, and assistance from a farrier and Amber, they finally found out exactly what the issue was. “The farrier did some work and found that he has to be shod specially for his feet, he wears a pad and a silicone layer and then there’s a layer that goes over the top. He looks like he’s walking on tip toes but when he flattens out it’s amazing how much he had actually been hurting.” “So they found the problem and the results were amazing. He’s now gone north to Jason and Megan Teaz and is so competitive up there.” Gerald admits that the horse has a special place in his heart. “We’ve had a lot of offers from Australia, but when he’s retired he’s coming back to a paddock at our place. He’s not going anywhere.” For Gerald his dream would be to just have a horse good enough to compete at the highest level. “I’d love to have a horse that could run in the New Zealand Cup. I had a friend who had Mighty Silks in the Cup and I just cheered it from the start to the finish, and I wasn’t even the owner”. “Way back then I thought to myself if could have a horse good enough to just be in a race like that that would be an amazing thrill.” And when it comes to getting other people involved he can’t recommend it enough. “I would encourage people to get into ownership, even if it’s in a syndicate as a more affordable option.” The bigger the syndicates are, the bigger the crowd at the races and the more whitebait patties I get to giveaway!” “It’s just a great sport. It’s my hobby and I Iove it.” For more information about ownership opportunities and how you can become a harness racing owner, contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand jess@hrnz.co.nz   HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's episode features Linda Toscano, North American Hall of Fame trainer of Speeding Spur, following his recent effort at the trials in New Jersey. Donna Williamson, Timaru based trainer and vet. And Hunterville trainer Scott Dickson. Also our usual chat with Bookie, Richard Wilson.   Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate is set to celebrate its 50 year anniversary in Southland this September. A syndicate that celebrates comradery, social outings and rugby ties, the Setarip Syndicate was first formed in on 19 September 1969, after a rule change then allowed more than four people to share in the ownership of a horse. The syndicate was one of five registered on that day, with Setarip now being the oldest surviving syndicate in the country. Remarkably, after 50 years the syndicate still has two original members, Joe Wilson the syndicate manager and Clark Neil. Wilson was also able to bring his two sons Paul and Andrew into the syndicate. Former original syndicate member, the late Ted Mortimer, is also still represented by his family in the syndicate too. Current members are: Joe Wilson, Clark Neil, Gary Tippett, John Archer, Ron Baron, Murray Brown, Daryl Burgess, Bruce Campbell, Paul Challis, Terry Edgerton, Pauline Flanders, Wayne McCulloch, the Mortimer family, Stephen Sanders, Colin Sanford, Jill Slaughter, Collin Telfer, Nick Wells, Trevor Tomlins, Paul Wilson, John Woodger, Steve Pulley, Dean Mcloud, Carl Hana, Andrew Wilson, Kylie White and Wayne Grey. The Setarip syndicate pays homage the Pirates Rugby Club, with their registered racing colours the same as the Club’s gold and black playing kit. In fact the name ‘Setarip’ is actually the name Pirates backwards. All twenty of the original owners in the Setarip syndicate were either Club players, ex-players or supporters of the Pirates Rugby Club. And although they have been in the game for a long time, and collected 18 individual winners for 25 wins in total so far, the path to success has not been an easy one for the syndicate. Their first horse they tried with was in 1969, a pacer named Amyas Leigh, and it was without success. In fact many other horses were raced by the syndicate and it wasn’t until 1978 that they tasted their first bit of success with Hispaniola at Winton who was trained and driven by Lyn Thomas. It would be another 13 years until they won a race again, with wins coming with trotter Rebel Shooter and Rojanaire.   But since then the wins have kept ticking over, with success with the likes of Quality Time (3 wins), Olegoldandblack, Gabbys Knight, On The Lure, Rocking Lily and Sly Romance (all two wins each). The group have also stayed loyal with a core group of trainers during their time including Denis Nyhan, Henry Skinner, Ron and Tony Barron, Alex Milne (senior and junior) and currently are with Clark Barron. Their celebration at Ascot Park in September will no doubt include reminiscent conversations about their various events over the years, with the group having a social focus to their ownership journey having held bus trips and social functions at races, bowling competitions and barbecues in the past. They encourage others thinking about ownership to get involved, saying the friendships they have formed and the comradery alongside an affordable ownership model are great reasons to start your own ownership journey today. We congratulate the Setarip Syndicate on reach this fantastic milestone and wish them all the best with their anniversary celebration in September. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in harness racing ownership, email Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand – jess@hrnz.co.nz   Jess Smith HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce the four finalists for the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year compe- tition.   All four finalists have excelled in all of their regional challenges and we can now announce that representing Canterbury is regional winner, Cameron Kirkwood.   Travelling from Southland to contest the title this year will be Oliver Kite, the southern regional winner and the northern regional winner Kaleb Bublitz will also travel to Christchurch to compete in the national final.   The competition is in its sixth year, and this year again along with the three regional winners, the next highest scorer from all of the competitors has advanced through to the final. Alana Cameron took these honours and will be joining the regional winners.   All four finalists have displayed a comprehensive range of skills in their horsemanship, driving and all-round general knowledge to set the stage for an exciting and competitive final.   The final competition has been designed to call on not only the contestant’s equine knowledge but to also challenge the finalists in a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical tasks.   Each phase of the competition will be evaluated and marked and the cadets will earn points for each task based on per- formance, accuracy and speed.   The final will be held throughout Christchurch on Wednesday the 24th of July with the winner announced at the 2019 An- nual Harness Racing Awards on Saturday the 28th of September, this year to be held at Addington Raceway.   Harness Racing New Zealand would like to sincerely thank Catch Driver for sponsoring the Cadet of the Year competition this year.   Founded by Ryan Clements of Canada, Catch Driver is just one Harness Racing game developed by The Farm Ventures with the aim to encourage more participation in the sport by youth world wide.   “We are beyond excited to partner with HRNZ in sponsoring the Cadet of the Year. We believe that many of the young   men and women we see here competing for the Cadet of the Year will become tomorrow’s stars in the sport,” said Cle- ments.   “Our mission with Catch Driver is to engage a younger audience with this incredible sport, so it only makes sense that we partner with the next generation of athletes. We want to wish best of luck to all of those competing- you are the future stars of the sport!” Clements has led the way in terms of developing his company ‘The Farm Ventures’, and was determined to prove that if   you can give people the opportunity to play a harness racing game (either as a Catch Driver or in their other harness rac- ing game, Off and Pacing) they will then take an interest in the sport.   “Most people who love sports are able to play some sort of game where they can get a virtual experience of being in- volved,” said Clements. “We have developed a game where our players can download the game to their phone for free   and drive a horse in a race live against other people from around the world. We even have professional harness racing drivers from around the world playing on a regular basis too meaning fans can race against their idols.” In the game each driver is randomly drawn a horse, and its best attributes are listed in the build up to the live race. This gives the player a chance to study if their horse is quick off the gate, has a quick sprint or has a lot of stamina. “The game is purely about the sport and the art of driving a horse to its best strengths. We have no reference to gambling at all in any of our games,” explained Clements.   Catch Driver is available to download and play free to your phone from all app stores. So give it a try today by visiting http://onelink.to/gme7ve   Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that the world’s most innovative harness racing game developer has teamed up with us to support this year’s edition of the Cadet of the Year competition.   ‘Catch Driver’ is one of two harness racing games developed so far by Ryan Clements of The Farm Ventures in Canada, whose main initiative is to increase the uptake of youth interest in harness racing on the world stage.   Clements has grown up in and around harness racing. His grandfather raced the great stallion Cam Fella, and whilst he never person- ally had the chance to see the horse race, he lives on the farm that was home to the stallion during his racing career and is surrounded by memorabilia and constant reminders about harness racing and the joy and elation it can bring.   “We are beyond excited to partner with HRNZ in sponsoring the Cadet of the Year. We believe that many of the young men and women we see here competing for the Cadet of the Year will become tomorrow’s stars in the sport,” said Clements.   “Our mission with Catch Driver is to engage a younger audience with this incredible sport, so it only makes sense that we partner with the next generation of athletes. We want to wish best of luck to all of those competing- you are the future stars of the sport!”   Clements has led the way in terms of developing his company ‘The Farm Ventures’, and was determined to prove that if you can give people the opportunity to play a harness racing game (either as a Catch Driver or in their other harness racing game, Off and Pacing) they will then take an interest in the sport.   “Most people who love sports are able to play some sort of game where they can get a virtual experience of being involved,” said Clements.   “We have developed a game where our players can download the game to their phone for free and drive a horse in a race live against other people from around the world. We even have professional harness racing drivers from around the world playing on a regular basis too meaning fans can race against their idols.”   In the game each driver is randomly drawn a horse, and its best attributes are listed in the build up to the live race. This gives the player a chance to study if their horse is quick off the gate, has a quick sprint or has a lot of stamina.   “The game is purely about the sport and the art of driving a horse to its best strengths. We have no reference to gambling at all in any of our games,” explained Clements.   Fittingly Catch Driver’s sponsorship of Cadet of the Year means they are helping recognize the next generation of harness racing licence holders in New Zealand as the competition showcases the new talent coming through the ranks in the industry.   Following Clements visiting New Zealand last September with Fractional Ownership guru Anthony MacDonald, Catch Driver were also then generous co-sponsors of the 2018 Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup.They are dedicated to continuing to support youth in harness racing worldwide.   In the Cadet of the Year competition, cadets compete at a regional level in a series of tests which incorporate lessons learned through their education in the cadet scheme and also on the job with their employer.   This includes driving a horse to a set time in a time trial without a stop watch, a general knowledge quiz based on previous lessons and a round robin based on harness racing and equine challenges.   Four finalists are found from these heats, who then take part in a grand final round of tests at Addington Raceway on Wednesday 24 July.   The overall winner is announced at the Harness Racing New Zealand Annual Awards ceremony, this year to be held at Addington Raceway on Saturday 28 September.   Last year it was won by Ellie Barron of Southland.   Harness Racing New Zealand will announce the four finalists for the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year this Friday. We are grateful to The Farm Ventures and their team for their support of the youth of our industry and encourage industry participants to support them by downloading the game and having a go.     Catch Driver is available to download and play free to your phone from all app stores. So give it a try today by visiting http://onelink.to/gme7ve   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Welcome to the Harness Half Hourpodcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing. Jess Smith brings the latest harnessracing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week we chat to Matty Williamson following his trip to compete in the World Drivers Championship in Sweden; Dr Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud updates us on Speeding Spur’s American campaign and goals and Ashburton trainer Brent White joins us following a weekend of spoils in Nelson. All that plus our usual Bookie Update with Richard Wilson.   Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

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