john legend

canterbury Harness Awards

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What a mistake  to not postpone awards. But to then try to bluff their way through without awarding anything to innocent people (until proven etc) eg Driving award is the stuff Monty Python skits were written . Childish/disappointing..... no a disgrace to the Industry . Shame on you.:rcf-angry-2:

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39 minutes ago, john legend said:

What a mistake  to not postpone awards. But to then try to bluff their way through without awarding anything to innocent people (until proven etc) eg Driving award is the stuff Monty Python skits were written . Childish/disappointing..... no a disgrace to the Industry . Shame on you.:rcf-angry-2:

I agree. I heard the atmosphere was very subdued at the event compared to the last few years. 

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Being in attendance the mood on the night was vibrant not subdued. The brief does not mean that leading, highest earner etc has to be the winner of any of awards. These awards are about rewarding not necessarily winners. Far from amateurish as lot of effort and time put in by people who give for free.

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43 minutes ago, MAJESTIC said:

Being in attendance the mood on the night was vibrant not subdued. The brief does not mean that leading, highest earner etc has to be the winner of any of awards. These awards are about rewarding not necessarily winners. Far from amateurish as lot of effort and time put in by people who give for free.

Why no driver's award then?

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Hey John, might be worth looking at previous winners of these awards. The are, and as far as I can remember, always given to other people who don't win the premiership, but more those who have excelled above their norm in the season just gone. 

Don't look at this as those who organised it trying to run blind from what is going on - this is exactly what they do every single year. 

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52 minutes ago, MAJESTIC said:

Being in attendance the mood on the night was vibrant not subdued. The brief does not mean that leading, highest earner etc has to be the winner of any of awards. These awards are about rewarding not necessarily winners. Far from amateurish as lot of effort and time put in by people who give for free.

If people do things without professionals running the show i call that amateur. It can be one or the other. Nothing against Amateurs if that's what your suggesting. As for the date - its just plain bad timing and a professional outfit would have pulled the pin on such an event given negative press of late. its called Pro active crisis management

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5 hours ago, Taku Umanga said:

Should have been postponed - as should the major awards to be held in Auckland.

 

 

I attended and found a really positive mood.  Everyone I spoke to enjoyed themselves and the turnout was excellent.  It was reassuring at this time to see so many people who  are passionate about Harness Racing gathered in one room.  Not sure what would have been achieved by a postponement. In a crisis and hard times I believe keep calm and carry on is the only to go.  Well done to those who organised the event. 

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1 hour ago, Fartoomuch said:

Good to see  a range of opinions on this subject. 

Healthy two way debate can solve a lot of issues.

Did not realise there were a lot of issues with the nights awards. If these awards were postponed / cancelled then same would have to happen with national awards, they are still going ahead. Onwards and upwards.

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I suppose in Monty Python's world or having passed through the looking glass with Alice, the excellence of a nz record driving year for Mr Orange and the professional excellemce of Mark Purdon and Natalee Rasmusson and also Robt and John Dunn goes unnoticed. Must not even be mentioned. let alone rewarded . No pure coincidence..  What an insult to poss themost talented Trainers and drivers Canterbury ever seen.  SHAME

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11 hours ago, john legend said:

the excellence of a nz record driving year for Mr Orange and the professional excellemce of Mark Purdon and Natalee Rasmusson and also Robt and John Dunn goes unnoticed. Must not even be mentioned. let alone rewarded . No pure coincidence..

Those people are over achievers so maybe not eligible.

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On 9/19/2018 at 6:17 AM, john legend said:

PS. Have no probs with award winners for their efforts,inc  M House. Although I have asked that all races Manawatu this season are run for horses "north of Cook Straight" !

Are the Manawatu stakes going to be the same this season John?

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HRNZ’s Communications and Ownership Coordinator, Jess Smith, was awarded the Female Racing Achievement Award on a good night for the sport’s governing body.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Thornley, who has a career in the industry in his sights, won the evening’s Rising Star Award.

Thornley is eagerly awaiting his chance to step up from the Kidz Kartz ranks to become a junior driver.

He won this year’s edition of the Kidz Kartz Rising Stars Drivers Series at Cambridge.

Michael House’s incredible inter-island season was recognised when he took out the evening’s trainer’s award.

House’s highly successful raids on the Manawatu saw him rack up 57 training wins last term – nearly double his previous best tally of 30.

John Morrison’s 20-win season saw him crowned Canterbury Junior Driver of the Year.

Bizarrely, there was no main driving award handed out.

Leviathan owner Trevor Casey, whose racing team was headed by Lazarus last season, was named Owner of the Year.

Star trotter Temporale helped Graeme and Bev Hulston take out the breeder of the year title.

Winners 

Trotting Owner of the Year: Allan & Ian Neumann

Pacing Breeder of the Year: Spreydon Lodge.

Junior Drivers Award: John Morrison

Pacing Owner of the Year: Chrissie Dalgety

Broodmare of the Year: Jen Marie

Owner of the Year: Trevor Casey

Trotting Breeder of the Year: Graeme & Bev Hulston

Trainers Award: Michael House

Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Ten To One

Rising Star: Sam Thornley

Female Racing Achievement Award: Jess Smith

Outstanding Contribution to Canterbury Harness Racing: Colin Hair

Merit awards for pacers:

2yo Filly – Havtime

2yo Colt – A Bettor Act

3yo Filly – Bettor Joy

3yo Colt – Sheriff

4yo & Older Gelding – A G’s White Socks

Merit awards for trotters:

2yo Colt – One Apollo

3yo Filly – Show Gait

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23 hours ago, Iraklis said:

I don't get it! how could they overlook Mark Purdon and the Allstars, the mind boggles....:rolleyes:

 

Cheers Iraklis

See Above, everyone got an owners award but T Casey a large AS client won owner of the year

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And your point is ?   Even M.H. would concede a stable winning 27 group 1s in a season is world class and have had asensational year eg nz cup,ak cup,interdom,5 jewelsmessenger,oaks ,sire stakes,oaks. hunter cup. the list would go on and on. As mentioned in this post the truth is this year to avoid embarassemet some trainers and drivers  are too successful so must not get an award. (over achievers mentioned and fits nicely) Please dont insult the collective intelligence of this view  .

Edited by john legend
wanted to push point home of AS season.

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