SA TROTS- Pony kids our drivers of the future

The Gawler Harness Racing Club is working hard to encourage the drivers of the future.

In conjunction with the state’s controlling body, Harness Racing South Australia, the club is giving interested children the chance to become involved in the Pony Trots program.

There is no better person to be the Pied Piper of the children than champion reinswoman Danielle Hill.

Since taking an enforced break from driving, Hill has joined HRSA, and her impact has been remarkable.

The number of children taking part in the Pony Trots program has grown considerably with races and trials well patronised.

The Gawler Harness Racing Club will highlight several Pony Trot races during the club’s Cups meeting on Sunday, March 24.

Hill said she was delighted to see many happy children enjoying being involved in the sport.

“The kids are loving taking part, and hopefully a few carry the interest through to be the state’s drivers of the future,” Hill said.

“While it is important to teach them driving skills and to care for the ponies, it is all about them having fun. I love hearing the enjoyment they are having, it is great to see lots of happy people.

“We had several training days early in the season because we want to teach them the correct habits right from the start.

“The Gawler club let the youngsters have a drive behind the mobile barrier recently, that was the first time it had been done.”

Hill films the races and trials and points out the positives and negatives from the drives.

“The children love looking at themselves and are keen for feedback.

“I point out the positives and ask them if they can see areas that they could do better.

“The pleasing thing is I see them accepting the feedback and putting it into practice.”

Hill said HRSA was keen to continue building the Pony Trots program and anyone interested in becoming involved should contact her via email at


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