Michigan Harness Horse Industry Celebrates Success

Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners

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LANSING, MI – The Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony held January 23, at the Crowne Plaza, Novi, MI, announced the 2015 State Champion race horses and award winners for everything from Caretaker of the Year to Hall of Fame inductees. Michigan’s harness racing returns on March 18, 2016, at Northville Downs following an amazing past year for many Michigan Standardbred racehorse farms.


Larry Smith received the 2015 Dan Rathka Memorial Award Horseperson of the Year. The following members and horses were inducted into the Michigan Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Brad Kramer, Kelly Goodwin and Patti Gira, and Standardbred horses: LOCKKEEPER and MIDNIGHT JEWELL.

Michigan horseman Kelly Goodwin was awarded 2015 Trainer of the Year and Mariah Write was awarded Rising Star of the Year. The evening culminated with the charity art and silent auction raising thousands of dollars for the MHHA Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners: the following awards…

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