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
The Dan Patch Owner of the Year - Devin Keeling & Jean Wellwood
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Jimmy Takter
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - David Miller
The USHWA-USTA Dash-Winning Driver - Aaron Merriman
The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Marcus Miller
The Dan Patch Breakthrough Award - Allison Conte
The Dan Patch Good Guy Award - George Teague
The San Patch Unsung Hero Award - Barbara Brooks
The Dan Patch Ushwan of the Year - Thomas Hicks
The Dan Patch President's Award - New Vocations Race Horse Adoption Program
The HHYF Service to Youth Award - Dr. Patty Hogan
The Dan Patch Humanitarian Award - Christine Czernyson
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
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
Mark Hall - Action Photography
This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.