Day At The Track

White's lifelong dream to be fulfilled

03:41 AM 14 Jun 2013 NZST
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Aaron White
Aaron White

A lifelong dream will be fulfilled with the announcement that Aaron White will, as of August 1, be the North Island's premier harness racing caller - taking over from George Simon who has been appointed the North Island's premier thoroughbred caller.

“This is a dream I have had since I was a child. I grew up listening to Reg Clapp and Alby Gain. They were my idols. It’s hard to believe that I am following in their footsteps. It’s something I have wanted for a very long time,” White said.

he 38-year-old Aucklander is still the resident caller at Cambridge Raceway but now surrenders his calling of gallops to George Simon and Tom Wood in the north. Dave McDonald will call in Otago and Southland, while Mark McNamara remains the premier harness racing and galloping caller in the south.

“It’s a great honour but I don’t like being called the premier harness caller. It’s a title I could do without. Reg and Alby never went by that title – why should I?” said White. Married to Julie with three children – Michael (11), Jessica (6) and Nathan (2), White says he enjoyed calling the gallops but harness racing has always been his passion. “I’ve always loved the trots. I grew up listening to horses like Idol Scott, Directorship, Fraggle Rock, Christopher Vance, Luxury Liner and latterly Chokin win,” White said.

Born in Auckland, White was doing his own mock calls long before attending Massey High School in West Auckland. He got his first break into the industry when the late Leo George allowed him to call a couple of trials at Alexandra Park in 1995.

“I got to call a few heats. I was just 20 at the time. I then wrote to Alby Gain seeking advice on becoming a caller. He seemed to be impressed by the audio I did off TV, and thanks to him it has all stemmed from there,” White said.

e called his first official race at Alexandra Park in 2001 when Gain was in Switzerland. That’s when he also got to call Elect To Live home in the Group One Fillies Championship at ‘The Park’.

White took over from Terry Yule at Cambridge in 2002. “The Jewels is the biggest event or race(s) I have called, but an Auckland Cup or a Derby has always been my dream. “It’s hard to believe that I will get to call those big Group Ones next season. I’m excited and looking forward to my new role very much. “Not many people get to do what I do. I’m living the dream,” said White.

by Duane RANGER (Courtesy of Harness Racing NZ)

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