2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 A W A R D S
The inaugural Trotters Association of New South Wales was held on Friday the 13th of October 2017 in the Members Lounge, Penrith Paceway.
The awards night was well patronised with 135 guests in attendance. The evening began with pre dinner drinks and canapés served in the Sky lounge before enjoying a sumptuous buffet dinner in the Members Lounge.
The Master of Ceremonies for the night was our Australian living Legend Mr John Tapp.
Special guests for the Evening were Trotting icons Chris and Graeme Lang who flew from Victoria to be part in this special event. John Tapp conducted an “On the Couch” interview with Father and Son who regaled the audience with stories from their training exploits and their thoughts of the future for Trotting in Australia. This proved to be a very popular, well received and a much talked about segment.
At the conclusion of the Awards ceremonies the guests danced the night away to the live music from the rock and roll band Midlife Crisis, led by David Tapp.
Honorary Life Memberships
Mr Peter Sullivan and Mr John Heath two of NSW Trotting Stalwarts were presented with the title of Hon Life Membership in recognition for their distinguished service and dedication to the continued advancement of trotting here in NSW.
The very stylish mounted Silver trays awarded for this prestigious category were generously sponsored by Daniel Cordina.
The Allied Express TANSW 2 year old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 category was won by the elegant Queen of Clevedon, a brown Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven (USA) from Clevedon Betty owned, bred and raced by the well-known father and daughter partnership of Danny and Christie Rothwell.
Queen of Clevedon was the winner of the 2 year old HRNSW Trot and Heat 3 of the 2 year old NSW Trotters Foundation Series.
The NSWSOA TANSW 3 year old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the talented Empire Bay, a bay gelding by The Pres (CA) from Miss Adelade (NZ) owned and raced by well-known Trotting aficionado Michael Taylor.
Empire Bay was the winner of the HRNSW 3 year old Trotters Foundation Series and the HRNSW 3 year Old Trot. Empire Bay is trained and driven by the talented horseman Blake Fitzpatrick.
The HorsePower TANSW Open Class Trotter of the Year 2016/17 category was won by the flamboyant Quillabamba, a bay gelding by Yankee Paco (USA) from Urabamba owned bred and raced by trotting enthusiast Kevin Hipkins.
Quillabamba was the winner of The Trotters Marathon and The Trot It Out Saturday 20MA just to name a few. Quillabamba is trained and driven by Blake Fitzpatrick.
The Fitzpatrick Family Racing Stables TANSW Trotting Mare of the Year 2016/17 was won by the stylish Rompers Monarchy a bay mare by Monarchy (USA) from Amandas Gem (NZ) Owned and raced by the adept husband and wife training partnership of Joe and Mary Rando.
Rompers Monarchy was the winner of the Garrards Horse and Hound Trot, The Toyota Trot just to name a few. Rompers Monarchy is trained by Joe & Mary Rando.
The Global Bloodstock TANSW Trotting Driver of the Year 2016/17 was won by talented reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick from the gifted young duo of Chris Geary and David Morris.
The Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre TANSW Trotting Trainer of the Year 2016/17 was a strongly contested category won by Blake Fitzpatrick from the dynamic training duo Joe and Mary Rando closely followed by the “first lady” of harness racing Kerry Anne Turner.
The Trotters Association of New South Wales Awards Night would not have been able” To Trot It Out “without the generous support and sponsorship from HRNSW, Zilco, Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre, Allied Express, Daniel Cordina, Global Bloodstock, Garrards Horse and Hound, Horseland Richmond, HorsePower and Mitavite.