2017 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 Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award - Hoosier Park
The Dan Patch Owner of the Year - Bruce Trogdon
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Brian Brown
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - Yannick Gingras
The USHWA-USTA Top Dash Driver- Aaron Merriman
The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Trace Tetrick
The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 - Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg
The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 - Jules Siegel
The 2017 Hall of Fame Immortal - Hakan Wallner
The Dan Patch Breakthrough Award - Michael Carter
The Dan Patch Good Guy Award - Brian Brown
The San Patch Unsung Hero Award - Betty Holt
The Dan Patch Ushwan of the Year - Tim Konkle
The Dan Patch President's Award - T.J. Burkett
The Dan Patch President's Award - Jason Settlemoir
The Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Hanover Shoe Farm
The Dan Patch Humanitarian Award - Anne Doolin
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 HHYF Service to Youth Award -
The Hard Rock/USHWA Caretaker - Charlie Williams
The NA Amateur Driver of the Year - Joe Lee
The John Hervey Award
Dave Briggs - News/Commentary
USTA - Broadcast
This award honors the memory of a long-time harness industry journalist John Hervey.
The George Smallsreed Award
Jacob Cohen - Feature Photography
This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.
The Dan Patch Broodmares of 2017
Pacing Broodmare-Wild West Show