02 – FEMALE POWER

Hello, I am Rickelle Nelson, an equine artist and photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky, home to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. My passion is to document equines in special moments to create timeless, beautiful images as memories. I love photographing and painting horses, at the track, mornings and afternoons, at the farm, and especially portraits. My style is traditional and natural. I am looking forward to capturing your special friend for eternity! Hello, I am Rickelle Nelson, an… Read More »

JOANNE COLVILLE Moffat, Ontario Nominated as: Breeder Director, Ontario Region Joanne Colville is one of the most well-known participants in harness racing in Ontario. She is equally known for her horsemanship in addition to her business savvy. During her career Joanne has worked at Standardbred Canada, Woodbine Entertainment Group and is now the Administrator/Events Co-ordinator for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. The latter role requires handling the administration of OSAS in addition to co-ordinating horse shows and ‘meet and greet’… Read More »

Natasha Day fights stereotypes while chasing her harness racing dreams The only regular female driver on the southern Ontario harness scene is focused on winning people over one race at a time Aug 16, 2019 By: Tony Saxon   Natasha Day races in a qualifying race at Grand River Raceway recently. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday Natasha Day knows she if fighting an uphill battle as one of the few women harness drivers in Ontario. She’s new, she’s from another country and, most of… Read More »

Thanks to USTA Career Coleman was honored as Canada’s Trainer of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2010 and for the fourth time in her career (she also earned the honor in 2005 and 2006)…She trained two O’Brien Award-winning horses last season in 2-year-old filly pacer Idyllic, who won the She’s A Great Lady and Three Diamonds, and 3-year-old filly pacer Western Silk, who won the Fan Hanover and Jugette…Sportswriter won the North America Cup before seeing his… Read More »

Trainer Jo Ann Looney King October 4, 2020 Thanks to Victoria M. Howard https://harnessracingupdate.com/2020/10/04/trainer-jo-ann-looney-king/ The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this issue’s featured Superstar is the idiom, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I’m talking about Jo Ann Looney King — one of harness racing’s top female trainers. Like her daughter, Heather Vitale, Jo Ann’s smiling face is often featured in harness racing news. The bubbly blond beauties are both renowned in… Read More »

JENNIE REES – Thanks to all for the well-wishes, but I’m doing the same thing I’ve been doing the past year or two, working in publicity and communications on a consulting or part-time basis for core clients Kentucky and National HBPA, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park (with some other jobs at certain times of the year, such as the NTRA’s National Horseplayers Championship, the Preakness and Oaklawn Park) and last winter adding another contract position as communications director for the… Read More »

Kelsie Figgins Thanks, Veronica Gizuk • Feb 23, 2021 – Gatetowire.ca Twenty-four-year-old Kelsie Figgins was born and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia. She has been around racing since a young age. Kelsie is the daughter of multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Ollie Figgins III. “Horses are my whole life, and I would not have it any other way,” said Figgins. Kelsie grew up in the show ring with her sisters riding the families’ numerous ottbs that they retrained to become… Read More »

Thanks to Victoria M. Howard check her out on Harness Racing Update Working alongside her husband, Andy, day in and day out is not a problem for trainer Julie Miller. In fact, she considers herself lucky and blessed to be doing what she loves — and get paid for it — with Andy who is not only her husband but her best friend. “I am very lucky to work alongside my husband. It all comes down to trust and respect… Read More »

Paddy Power unveil a 25ft statue of Rachael Blackmore at Cheltenham Festival By Staff on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 One of the only elite sporting events where men and women will compete as equals. Based on a 3D body scan of leading rider Rachael Blackmore, the statue is an emblem for female jockeys in general – its name is a hat tip to the ‘Fearless Girl’ of New York. The inscription etched into the plinth at her feet aims to remind them… Read More »

Trainer Rachel Halden & Owner/Breeder Christopher Harris January 24, 2020 ownathoroughbred Trainer Rachel Halden is staying home this winter, forgoing her yearly circuit of winter in Florida and early spring in Kentucky in an effort to obtain her Citizenship to Canada.  This is the first time this dedicated horsewoman has taken any significant time off since her young teenage years and she is not sitting idle as she is hoping to expand her stable at Woodbine in 2020. Rachel is preparing… Read More »