By Larry Resnitzky
Greg Rice for clearing the track in St. John’s early this season and keeping the paddock area cleared and very tidy as well. He has heavy equipment and has used many different pieces of equipment to help out at the racetrack. Greg even parks his water truck on the side of the barn so all horses can have fresh water (in case the well gets low or the water gets a little dirty). He is a new owner and has been very helpful with his time and equipment at the track.
Peter Dooling, another horseman in St. John’s who helps operate Greg Rice’s machinery around the barn area and the track. Even in the summer Peter walks the track picking rocks and helping out with maintenance.
Karen and Dennis Lambert for receiving the Gordon Ash Award at the NHHOA Awards Banquet. This award is given to a person or people who promote and show great dedication to the sport of harness racing in Newfoundland. The Lamberts have their own farm with many racehorses, a broodmare, a few babies and a couple of retirees. They’ve been showcased in an episode of Land and Sea on CBC that aired twice last season and they are parents of five and grandparents of three. They run a very successful restaurant in downtown St. Johns and still find time for the big stable and races each week. They’re also Shane Forward’s aunt and uncle.
Two-time O’Brien Award winner Jody Jamieson of Truro, NS for notching six wins in 10 appearances on one card in late February at Woodbine. Going into 2011, Jamieson could look back to over 1,300 over a two year stretch. A strong spokesman for harness racing, Jamieson is usually ready to go anywhere in the world to promote it.
Debbie Cameron for doing a superb job in getting the message out on the upcoming Prince County Horsemen’s Club awards banquet to be held at Red Shores at Summerside on Saturday, April 9th. Super volunteer Cameron is the type of person who helps the industry in any way she can. She even can be seen working on behalf of horse people, selling and organizing 50/50s on race days.
Bill Andrew of Meridian Farms for being the best in Alberta by winning the 2010 ASHA Award for Horseperson of the Year at the 2011 Awards Gala held in Edmonton February 19th.
Maitre d’ Matthew McKenna and the staff for providing a consistently great and friendly dining experience at Red Shores Restaurant at Charlottetown. This is all part of the total experience at both Red Shores operations on PEI.
Shane Forward for winning the 2010 Driver of the Year Award at the recent NHHOA Awards Banquet. In only 133 starts, he amassed 38 wins, 19 seconds and 21 thirds and his .417 UDRS is impressive.