SA TROTS- HRSA 2021 Horse of the Year Awards results

23 May 2022 | HRSA Media

Harness Racing SA hosted the 2021 SA Horse of the Year Awards on Friday night May 20 at the Mawson Lakes Hotel and Function Centre.

Jimmy Mack NZ was crowned 2021 SA Horse Of The Year, after a season which saw the Merv and Meg Butterworth owned gelding come across from WA and dominate the open ranks in SA, recording 7 wins and one second from just 9 starts. Under the care of trainer Les Harding, his highlights included victory in the 2021 Veterinary Surgeons Cup and the Christmas Cup.

Other major winners on the night included Danielle Hill, who claimed her third Jim Hurley Medal, Jill Neilson who was presented with the prestigious Nevada Smoke Special Achievement Award and Toby Ryan who was awarded the Chairs Award for his contribution to the industry.

HRSA also had the pleasure of presenting a special award on behalf of Harness Racing Australia for the Australian 2yo Filly Pacer of the Year to Tyson Linke, owner of exciting filly Encipher.

Supported by SA Botra, South Australian Harness Racing Club and Square Trotters Association, recipients of all awards presented on the night were as follows:


2yo of the year

Graywoods Diamond

3yo of the year


Trotter of the Year

Millys Magic

Trainer of the Year

Ryan Hryhorec

Driver of the year

Dani Hill



Steinman NZ





Peter & Lesley Medhurst


Aaron Bain Racing


Jill Neilson


Michael Smith

Service to Botra & the

Lane Johnson

Harness Racing Industry


Junior Driver

Corey Johnson

Recognition: Owner

Sharon Newman/G Fuller

Recognition: Breeder

Bob & Zita Maloney




Media Merit Award

Graham Fischer/

Adam Hamilton


Story on Encipher Sunday Mail



Leading State Horse

Celestial Daybreak

Leading Claiming Horse

Charming Major NZ

Leading Young/Concession Driver

Sam Pascoe

Leading State Driver

Dani Hill

Leading State Trainer

Frank Pullicino

2yo Filly Pacer

Coco Mia

2yo Colts/Geldings Pacer


3yo Filly Pacer

Dancing Finn

3yo Colts/Geldings Pacer


4yo & Older Mares Pacer

In Shoobees Shoes

4yo & Older Entires/Gelding Pacer

Jimmy Mack NZ

2yo Trotters

Graywoods Diamond

3yo Trotter

My Used To Be

4yo & Older Trotting Mare

Millys Magic

4yo & Older Trotting Entire/Gelding

Galleons Victory NZ

Broodmare of the Year

Our Cavort NZ


Dani Hill


Jill Neilson


Toby Ryan


Jimmy Mack NZ

Harness Racing SA would like to thank all those in attendance, who made it a great night to reflect and come together to celebrate the efforts and achievements of those within our industry.


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