Terry Holton Youth Award winner Conley Newberry would love a profession as a driver – Harness Racing Replace

Terry Holton Youth Award winner Conley Newberry would love a career as a driver - Harness Racing Update

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by Chris Lomon

Typically, it actually is well worth the wait. Conley Newberry actually is aware of all about that.

Simply two days after he had opened all of his Christmas items, spent a memorable vacation along with his family and friends, {the teenager} from Beavercreek, OH (the second-largest suburb of Dayton) had but one more reason to rejoice over the vacations in 2019.

On Dec. 27, the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Affiliation (OHHA) introduced Newberry because the recipient of the Terry Holton Youth Award, named after the 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Corridor of Fame, and a winner of over 1,700 races in his profession.

“He’s educated and reliable working within the steady and could be very thinking about the way forward for harness racing,” Constance Polhamus stated of Newberry.

Newberry, who labored for coach Mike Polhamus’ outfit in Troy, OH, continues to be greatly surprised by the respect.

“It was actually… it’s robust to seek out the appropriate phrases. It’s good that individuals thought that a lot of me to appoint me and to vote for me. It was surprising. To listen to good phrases from different individuals, relatively than simply attempting to persuade your self of them – that meant so much to me.”

The Holton Award is given to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing throughout 2019 as a driver, coach, groom, breeder, race workplace/publicity assistant, observe upkeep crew or has supplied excellent service to harness racing.

Newberry, who began within the horse racing enterprise on the age of 12, can test off just a few of these containers.

He labored along with his father, driver/coach Matt Newberry, and shortly graduated from doing odd jobs across the steady to cleansing stalls, harnessing horses and jogging horses.

“After I was in grade eight or 9, someplace round that point, my father bought most cancers, so he couldn’t actually are inclined to the horses. So, my uncle [driver/trainer John Newberry, the person who encouraged Conley to drive], I began work with him so much, working within the barn, and that’s once I actually fell in love with the game and taking me to the place I’m now. I’ve fallen in find it irresistible much more since then. The most effective a part of this all for me is driving, for certain.”

Final 12 months, the now 18-year-old Newberry obtained his truthful qualifying license, competed at seven gala’s and picked up his first win.

The milestone victory got here at Wapakoneta Park, a half-mile Ohio oval, on July 31, 2019.

Teaming with Catch Jesse, a son of Jailhouse Jesse (IN), the younger driver and the veteran trotter went off because the 4-5 favorites.

Over a observe listed as “good,” the pair crossed the wire 3 ¾-lengths forward of their nearest rivals.

It was the seventeenth profession victory for the well-travelled trotter, who has 149 begins to his identify for proprietor and breeder Herschel Lincoln of West Milton, OH.

“After I had my first win, I had the very best horse within the race by far,” stated Newberry. “Catch Jesse was a :56 trotter again in his day, and we didn’t race him all 12 months. We simply bought him prepared for me to drive on the gala’s. He may trot round 2:02, 2:03, perhaps 2:01 on truthful observe. We ended up in a race the place the opposite horses simply couldn’t beat him. I may have fallen off and he nonetheless would have gained.”

Newberry added, with amusing, “I used to be instructed if I didn’t win I wasn’t allowed to take a seat behind one other horse.”

He’s nonetheless within the race bike and he’s nonetheless dreaming massive.

“I’d like to be a catch driver, that may simply be a dream come true. I’d say the 2 individuals I look as much as most relating to driving could be Chris Web page and Tim Tetrick. These are my two favorites.”

Sharing the identical racetrack as his idols continues to be a methods away, however Newberry is dedicated to staying affected person and staying the course, keen to coach immerse himself within the sport, heighten his abilities, and stay open to useful recommendation.

He believes all of it’s going to assist take him to the place he desires to be.

“’You’ll be able to’t get too excessive and you’ll’t get too low.’ That’s what my dad instructed me. My dad instructed me it’s important to take issues as they arrive and stay optimistic and even-keeled. You be taught fairly early that you just want that to achieve success.”

Simply as Newberry did through the days when he was competing with one other bike, extra particularly, the world of BMX Racing.

An achieved rider – a Google search yields a number of spectacular outcomes each in state and nationwide occasions – Newberry loved his time competing across the U.S.
He’s wanting so as to add some horse racing {hardware} to enrich his spectacular BMX trophy case.

“I don’t race any extra, however I experience a number of freestyle with my mates nonetheless. I actually loved my time using and there are positively some similarities between BMX and driving a horse. In each, you’re in shut quarters. I’ve solely pushed in two races that weren’t on the gala’s, and also you notice simply how in tight you might be, identical to it’s with BMX racing. That’s positively the way in which it’s with bikes, so I believe that’s helped me so much in driving – being calm and cozy when there isn’t a lot room on both facet of you. With each, you simply have to react to every scenario as they arrive. You must be able to decide in a cut up second.”

It’s one in all many points of harness racing Newberry, who factors to coach Ken Hurst as an enormous supporter, continues to dedicate his time to.

“I actually love all the things about this sport. I do know I’ve to work onerous in an effort to obtain my goals, and I’m devoted to doing that. It makes me completely satisfied every single day I get to be across the horses. I’ll simply continue learning and reminding myself of what I wish to obtain.”

He has loads of individuals in his nook, together with his father.

“We’re very pleased with him,” stated Matt Newberry. “I want I used to be half the horseman he was on and off the observe. The time he dedicates to it, his work ethic, and his dedication to wanting to enhance – he’s doing all the things the appropriate means.”

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