Pete Cook

NZ Harness Trainers & Drivers Association
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I was reading the other day comments by one of the few racing journalists still operating in this Country, saying he was disappointed that race fields couldn’t be finalised by Wednesday morning, for a race meeting the following Sunday. The situation was described as ‘messy’.
Pete Cook | 22/10/2021

Kapiti Coast HRC. Remit

Some thirty years ago, after many years of lobbying, the NZ Harness Racing Trainers & Drivers Association, along with the other ‘Kindred Bodies’ was granted a seat on the Executive (as it was known then) of the New Zealand Trotting Conference (as it was known then), which saw it’s representative play an integral role in the decisions made during that time.
Pete Cook | 13/10/2021

National Council October 2021

Despite travel restrictions for Northern Branch members, the bi-annual National Council meeting of the Trainers & Drivers Assn. managed to go ahead, with the assistance of the HRNZ zoom facility. Many thanks to Leanne Holdem for facilitating this.
Pete Cook | 7/10/2021

Number Limits

Many years ago, in what would now be considered the ‘dark ages’, harness racing’s governing body mandated that anyone over the age of 65 would not be allowed to drive in races. This meant stars of their era, such as Derek Jones and Maurice Holmes, were forced into premature retirement, the latter proving how stupid the decision was by driving four winners at his last meeting.
Pete Cook | 24/9/2021

Trial Times

As we all know, punctuality is an essential part of taking horses to the races, presenting them late on the track can cause all sorts of problems, and sometimes a loss of revenue, so it is pleasing to see that a recent crackdown on discretions this by the Stewards seems to have done the trick.
Pete Cook | 17/9/2021

Vulnerable to Nature

Just when we thought the grass track season was about to kick off, that all-powerful lady, Mother Nature said otherwise, with damage to the Mount Harding track rendering it unfit overnight.
Pete Cook | 10/9/2021

One on One

Any of you that haven’t caught up with the latest Greg O’Connor series of “One on One,” featuring interviews with various Industry personalities are missing some gems.
Pete Cook | 2/9/2021

Lockdown Laws

I think it’s fair to say that most people agree with, and respect the direction orders that government departments have ruled should be followed by HRNZ and industry participants. However, now that we are becoming accustomed to conditions under Level 4, maybe it’s time to revisit a couple of the protocols before (heaven forbid) we are shut down again.
Pete Cook | 27/8/2021

Innovation & Whip Use

Hats off to HRNZ and the two Clubs involved in trying (at time of writing still subject to alert levels changing) to cobble together a race meeting that will cater for all horses wanting to race in Canterbury this weekend.
Pete Cook | 19/8/2021
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