2018 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 - Foiled Again
The Dan Patch Owner of the Year - Burke Racing Weaver Bruscemi
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Ron Burke
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.
The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - Aaron Merriman
The USHWA-USTA Top Dash Driver- Aaron Merriman
The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Marcus Melander
The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Blair Burgess
The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Ted Gewertz
The 2018 Hall of Fame Immortal - Jerry Silverman
The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Joe Holloway
The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Linda Toscano
The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Ted Wing
The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Mark Hall
The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Dave Little
The Dan Patch Breakthrough Award - Ray Cotolo
The Dan Patch Good Guy Award - Michelle Crawford
The San Patch Unsung Hero Award - Chris Gooden
The Dan Patch Ushwan of the Year - Heather Vitale
The Dan Patch President's Award - John Polvinale
The Dan Patch Humanitarian Award - Brad Grant
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 Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Order By Stable (Stefan Balazsi)
The Hard Rock/USHWA Caretaker - Sheila Napier
The HHYF Service to Youth Award -
The NA Amateur Driver of the Year - Joe Pennacchio
The John Hervey Award
Bob Heyden - News/Commentary
Woodbine Entertainment Group - Broadcast
This award honors the memory of a long-time harness industry journalist John Hervey.
The George Smallsreed Award
Michael Burns - Feature Photography
This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.
The Dan Patch Broodmares of 2018
Pacing Broodmare - Lady Ashlee Ann