The following awards are nominated by, voted on, and presented by the membership of the United States Harness Writers Association at their annual meetings and banquet.
USHWA's highest honor is the Proximity Achievement Award. This award is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to harness racing.
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.
This award is given annually to an outstanding driver in the sport of harness racing.
The Rising Star Award is given annually to an outstanding young harness horse trainer and/or driver for exceptional early career accomplishments.
The Breakthrough Award is given annually to an outstanding young person (not a trainer and/or driver) in the harness racing industry for exceptional early career accomplishments.
Given annually to the person who emulates the late Hall of Famer in creating a positive image for harness racing through words and deeds.
This award is given annually to a member of the harness racing community who may otherwise go unrecognized for his or her exemplary work.
This award is given annually to a member of the organization who goes above and beyond the call of membership.
The President may, at his or her discretion, authorize special awards where such recognition is in the best interest of the sport of harness racing and of this Association.
Dave Palone - Horseperson of the Year
Palone passes Filion for all-time wins - Racing Moment of the Year
Susan Truehart Garey
This award is presented to non-USHWA members who have dedicated themselves to helping the coverage of harness racing. Each must receive 75-percent approval in a vote of the Board of Directors. This award is not presented annually.
This award is given annually to an outstanding amateur driver in the sport of harness racing.
La Riviera Lindy