2019 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 - Joe Faraldo

The Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award - Joe Faraldo
(Winners Receive the Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Trophy) The Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award is the highest honor given by USHWA besides a Hall of Fame induction. This award is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to harness racing.

The Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award - Libfeld-Katz Partnership

The Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award - Libfeld-Katz Partnership
(Winners Receive the Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Trophy) The Stanley F. Bergstein Proximity Award is the highest honor given by USHWA besides a Hall of Fame induction. This award is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to harness racing.

The Dan Patch Woolworth Owner of the Year - Courant Inc.

The Dan Patch Woolworth Owner of the Year - Courant Inc.
(Winners Receive the Norman Woolworth Trophy)
This award is given annually to an outstanding owner in the sport of harness racing.

The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - Dexter Dunn

The Dan Patch Driver of the Year - Dexter Dunn
This award is given annually to an outstanding driver in the sport of harness racing.

The USHWA-USTA Top Dash Driver- Aaron Merriman

The USHWA-USTA Top Dash Driver- Aaron Merriman
This award is given annually to the driver winning the most races in North America.

The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Marcus Melander

The Dan Patch Trainer of the Year - Marcus Melander
(Winners Receive the Glen Garnsey Trophy)
This award is given annually to an outstanding trainer in the sport of harness racing.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Tom Charters

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Tom Charters

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Jeff Gural

 The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Jeff Gural

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Tim Tetrick

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Tim Tetrick

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Bill Popfinger

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Bill Popfinger

The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Ken Weingartner

The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Ken Weingartner

The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Phil Pikelny

The Communicators Hall of Fame Class of 2019 - Phil Pikelny

The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Bob McClure

The Dan Patch Rising Star Award - Bob McClure
This award is given annually to a young harness horse trainer and/or driver for exceptional early career accomplishments.

The Dan Patch Barasch Breakthrough Award - Dawnelle Mock

The Dan Patch Barasch Breakthrough Award - Dawnelle Mock
(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 Pooler Unsung Hero Award - Wanda Polisseni

The Dan Patch Pooler Unsung Hero Award - Wanda Polisseni
(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 Wm. Haughton Good Guy Award - Jim King Jr.

The Dan Patch Wm. Haughton Good Guy Award - Jim King Jr.
(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 Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Brittany Farms LLC

The Dan Patch Breeder of the Year - Brittany Farms LLC

The Fair Island Farm Caretaker - Courtney Polan

The Fair Island Farm Caretaker - Courtney Polan
The Caretaker of the Year is sponsored by the Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association and recognizes the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.

The Dan Patch Prince Ushwan of the Year - Derick Giwner

The Dan Patch Prince Ushwan of the Year - Derick Giwner
(Winners receive the Alan Prince Trophy) 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 - Don Marean

The Dan Patch President's Award - Don Marean
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 Dan Patch President's Award - Adriano Sorella

The Dan Patch President's Award - Adriano Sorella
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 - Robert Lasky

The HHYF Service to Youth Award - Robert Lasky
This award is given annually to an individual who engages the youth of today in the sport of harness racing.

The NA Amateur Driver of the Year - Jazmin Arnold

The NA Amateur Driver of the Year - Jazmin Arnold
This award is given annually to an outstanding amateur driver in the sport of harness racing.

The Dan Patch Broodmares of 2019

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Trotting Broodmare - Secret Magic
Pacing Broodmare - Precocious Beauty

The John Hervey Award

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Melissa Keith - Feature Writing
Derick Giwner - News/Commentary
This award honors the memory of a long-time harness industry journalist John Hervey.

The George Smallsreed Award

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Chris Gooden - Action Photography
Mark Hall - Feature Photography
This award honors the memory of long-time harness industry photographer George Smallsreed.

The McKee Broadcasters Award

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Woodbine Entertainment Group
This award honors the memory of long-time harness race caller Sam McKee.

The Dan Patch Davies Humanitarian Award

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(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.