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                                                          2015

The following awards are nominated, voted, and presented by the membership of the United States Harness Writers Association.

Click here to see a complete listing of previous winners from each category. This list includes all human categories and all Horse of the Year winners.


(Winners receive the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Trophy)

The Dan Patch Achievement Award is one of USHWA's highest honors. This award is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to harness racing.


                                           James W. Simpson



(Winners receive the Norman Woolworth Trophy)

This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.


                                               George Teague Jr.


(Winners receive the Glen Garnsey Trophy)

This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.


                                           Jimmy Takter



This award is given annually to an outstanding driver in the sport of harness racing.

 

                                                    David Miller     



                                               Aaron Merriman



This award is given annually to a young harness horse trainer and/or driver for exceptional early career accomplishments.


                                            Montrell Teague



(Winners receive the Lew Barasch Trophy)

This award is given annually to a young person (not a trainer and/or driver) in the harness racing industry for exceptional early career accomplishments.


                                                    Gabe Prewitt



(Winners receive the William. R. Haughton Trophy)

This award is given annually to the person who best emulates the late Hall of Famer in creating a positive image for harness racing through words and deeds.


                                            Jo Ann Looney-King



(Winners receive the LeeAnn Pooler Trophy)

This award is given annually to a member of the harness racing community who may otherwise go unrecognized for his or her exemplary work.


                                                 Joanne Young



This award is given annually to a member of the organization who goes above and beyond the call of membership.


                                                  Ellen Taylor



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.


                                                Breana Carsey


                                    Michelle and Albert Crawford



(Winners receive the Railbird Recognition Trophy)

This is an award chosen by the fans of harness racing who cast their votes on the USTA website during the month of December. 


                          Joe Bellino - Horseperson of the Year


                         Wiggle It Jiggleit's Little Brown Jug Win



This award is given annually to an individual who engages the youth of today in the sport of harness racing.


                                              Callie Davies-Gooch


(Winners receive the January Davies Trophy)

This award is given annually to an individual that is involved in harness racing who has made a significant impact on the lives of others, either within or outside of the industry. 


                                               Marvin Chantler



This award honors the memory of a long-time harness industry journalist John Hervey.


                                                  Dave Briggs                                            

                                              Kimberly French                                             


The Hervey for television documentary


                         The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley



This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.


                                                Clive Cohen

                                              Frances Lund



The Caretaker of the Year is sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association and recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.


                                             "Big Mike" Taylor


This award is given annually to an outstanding amateur driver in the sport of harness racing.


                                                 Hannah Miller




                                            Hanover Shoe Farm




                                Trotting Broodmare-Margie Seelster


                                Pacing Broodmare-Mozzi Hanover 



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