2016 Award Winners

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.

The Dan Patch Achievement Award - Team Teague

Team Teague
(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.

The Dan Patch Owner of the Year - Devin Keeling & Jean Wellwood

Devin Keeling & Jean Wellwood
(Winners Receive the Norman Woolworth Trophy)
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.

The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Jimmy Takter

Jimmy Takter
(Winners Receive the Glen Garnsey Trophy)
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.

The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - David Miller

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

The USHWA-USTA Dash-Winning Driver - Aaron Merriman

Aaron Merriman

The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Marcus Miller

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

The Dan Patch Breakthrough Award - Allison Conte

Allison Conte
(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.

The Dan Patch Good Guy Award - George Teague

George Teague
(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.

The San Patch Unsung Hero Award - Barbara Brooks

Barbara Brooks
(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.

The Dan Patch Ushwan of the Year - Thomas Hicks

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

The Dan Patch President's Award - New Vocations Race Horse Adoption Program

Horse and Women
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.

The HHYF Service to Youth Award - Dr. Patty Hogan

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

The Dan Patch Humanitarian Award - Christine Czernyson

Christine Czernyson
(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.

The John Hervey Award

The John Hervey Award
Melissa Keith/Keith McCalmont - Feature Writing
Let's Go Racing LLC - Broadcast
This award honors the memory of a long-time harness industry journalist John Hervey.
Dave Briggs - News/Commentary

The George Smallsreed Award

The George Smallsreed Award
Clive Cohen - Feature Photography
Mark Hall - Action Photography
This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.

The Hard Rock/USHWA Caretaker Award - Justin MacEachern

Justin MacEachern
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.

The Amateur Driver of the Year - Hannah Miller

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

The Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Marvin Katz

Marvin Katz

The Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Al Libfeld

Al Libfeld

The Dan Patch Broodmare of the Year

The Dan Patch Broodmare of the Year
Trotting Broodmare-Cantab It All & Pacing Broodmare-Artstopper