About HARNESS THE DREAM

If you’ve ever considered getting involved in a standardbred racehorse but had no idea where to start, then you’re in luck! The Trots WA has created the Harness the Dream competition where you and a mate could win a 10% share in your very own harness racehorse, as part of the TrotSynd syndicate.

All you need to do is register a team of TWO and attend both of the FREE Harness the Dream events on offer. To be eligible to win, you must attend the Prize Draw on WA Pacing Cup Night, at Gloucester Park.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a mate and join our hosts – Ash Reeves and Matt Young – and join in the fun and excitement at the trots!

 

Ashleigh Reeves

Ash Reeves is our co-host of the Harness the Dream series. With a long-time family involvement in greyhound racing, Ash’s journey into the harness racing code began as an announcer on TAB Radio and through friends in the industry. While broadcasting harness races in TABradio studio and attending the country trots throughout the State, it didn’t take long before she was hooked.

Ash has immersed herself in the world of harness racing, as an owner, stablehand (stable manager, more likely!) and even promoting and owning Off The Track horses, who have retired and are excelling in their next careers. Ash’s husband, Hayden, is a trainer and reinsman and their three children love having the horses in their backyard, at their property in Coolup.

She was a co-host at this year’s Ladies of Pacing Awards and you will also see her articles featured on The Trots WA social media platforms, with the latest harness news stories and talking all things trots!

Ash’s love and passion for harness racing has flourished and will continue to do so, participating in and promoting our sport.

 

Matthew Young

Matt Young is the co-host of the Harness the Dream series and brings over 15 years of experience and passion as a standardbred owner and voice of the WA harness racing industry.

Matt’s Pinjarra based family are immersed in the trots, with his parents, brothers and nieces all training and driving horses, there was little doubt as to what Matt’s major interest was as a child.

After securing a part-time position calling Trials at Pinjarra before he was even a teenager, Matt was immediately at home behind the microphone and knew this was the career he was destined for.

Matt joined the racing team at TABradio as an announcer and before long, was heading off to country tracks as the official Race Caller.

Matt has hosted Sky Racing live on race night, done trackside interviews, runs Punters Clubs and MC’s at many regional Club events throughout the year.

Matt currently Hosts the weekly ‘’Oneout Oneback’’ harness racing show on TABradio and is an excellent statistician – his recall of harness heroes, horses’ form and stats are second to none!

As an active owner of standardbreds, thoroughbreds and now also a breeder, Matt’s love for harness racing and horses is as strong as ever.

Q & A with Ash

1) What do you love most about harness racing?

I love the community atmosphere in the trots, you get to meet so many great people and it’s great to see our kids get involved.

2) How did you first get involved as an owner?

Through the Young family, I got my first share in a horse called Most Happy Boy, who also gave me my first win.

3) What has been your greatest thrill at the track?

Thomson Bay (trained by my husband, Hayden) winning the $20,000 Albany Cup and $10,000 Denmark Cups in early 2021, then heading to Perth and giving us our first metro win, at Gloucester Park. He won 8 races in just 5 months!

4) What are looking forward to most about Harness The Dream?

Seeing new faces getting involved and sharing the passion for the sport, it is easy to get hooked!

5) What’s your advice for anyone looking to get involved in ownership?

Just enjoy it. Whether you win at a country race at Wagin or under the bright lights of Gloucester Park on a Friday night, it’s still a thrill.

Q & A with Matt

1) What do you love most about harness racing?

I love the family feeling you get from being part of this special industry. The thrill of winning and getting to experience that with friends and family.

2) How did you first get involved as an owner?

I was born into the sport and helped out around the stables. As a bit of reward for effort my parents gave me 20% in a yearling they bred. It was an amazing experience and I was hooked.

3) What has been your greatest thrill at the track?

I’ve had a few that have stuck with me; Packed Safely winning the Country Derby with my father driving and mother training. Dad had been trying to win that race for 40 years. Major Catastrophe winning the Group 1 Pearl Classic, trained by my brother David, who also bred him, and driven by Dad. It was his first Group 1 winner and being on track with the whole family to celebrate that was as special a moment as I’ll ever experience. Finally, The Bucket List was a horse I owned with Michael Brennan and he gained a start in the 2012 Inter Dominion Grand Final – just to be there for that was exhilarating.

4) What are looking forward to most about Harness The Dream?

I look forward to someone getting to experience the same thrill that I love about this sport.

5) What’s your advice for anyone looking to get involved in ownership?

Getting into ownership should be done with friends or family where you can make a day or night out of it. Going on road trips to the country trots and hopefully to Friday nights at Gloucester Park are special. Savour the great moments.