Embracing Pacing launches new network for women in harness racing

A new network to support, promote and encourage women in harness racing has launched at The Creek, with the inaugural Embracing Pacing event held on Saturday 6th November.

The first social event saw more than 100 guests from a varied involvement with harness racing, come together to celebrate this new initiative.

Committee Chair and Albion Park Harness Racing Club Director, Bethany Browne said the committee aimed to bring together women who share a common interest in harness racing. 

“We’re looking to introduce a variety of programs that will connect women to our fantastic sport,” Mrs Browne said. 

“One initiative we will be working on is a mentorship program for participants starting out in the industry.

“We’ll also be looking to establish programs for the mini trotting community, with the hope of creating a closer connection and smoother pathway between the mini trot community (who are predominantly female), and the harness industry.

“Beyond this, we then need to look at how we can support participants through initiatives such as maternity leave and supporting mothers returning back to the industry.

“The bottom line for the women of Harness Racing is that we are here for you! 

“We want to be your voice and your advocate, to ensure that you have what you need to be successful, encouraged and supported.”

Mrs Browne also confirmed the Embracing Pacing committee would look at opportunities to connect women with the excitement of horse ownership.

“Ultimately, we’d love to create our very first women only ownership pacing syndicate, with a filly or mare trained and driven by a female.

“In addition, we will host a series of social and fundraising events across the year involving both women’s and men’s initiatives.”

Mrs Browne thanked the Embracing Pacing foundation committee which also includes Shannon Price, Nikki Steele, Gayle Garrard, Bianca Maccheroni, Kylie Rasmussen, Brittany Graham, Emma-Jane Vincent, Kate Butt, Mary Collier and Nikki Chalk.

“Even though they all have busy lives with commitments around horses, children, work and life in general, every lady that I contacted said yes to joining the group.”

The next social event on the Embracing Pacing calendar will be a special St Patrick’s Day themed event at The Creek on Saturday 12 March.