2021 Coulter Media Award Winners Announced

25 February 2022
Best Published Action or Still Photograph - Greg Porteous

Best Published Action or Still Photograph - Greg Porteous Photo by Greg Porteous

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) are thrilled to announce the 2021 Joseph Coulter Media Award winners.

HRA congratulates this year’s winners of the awards and are appreciative of those who nominated.

Joseph Coulter Best News Story of the Year

Harness racing’s vision to resurrect Showgrounds

Written by Adam Hamilton and published on Racenet on 27 July 2021.

This story describes the potential return to racing at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Feature Article

Group race joy for French special on many fronts

Written by Kieran Iles and published in the Bendigo Advertiser on 4 March 2021.

A breakthrough maiden Group race win for talented young driver Tayla French was made even more special by who she won the race for and who it was named after.

Special Commendation

Here’s to 1500 ‘’old boy’’

Written by Tiarn Sutton and published on the National Trotguide website on 1 August 2021.

Tiarn described her Dad’s career journey to 1500 driving wins.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Regional Story

Standing ground: Marong Light Harness Club fights to retain trotting track

Written by Kieran Iles and published in the Bendigo Advertiser on 17 November 2021.

Details the Marong Light Harness Clubs fight to save the trotting track at Malone Park Recreational Reserve.

Graham Goffin Memorial Award  - Best Historical Feature

Harness History: How the Allen’s from Glenloth reshaped the Trots

Written by Noel Ridge and published on thetrots.com.au on 24 November 2021.

Describes the incredible influence of the Allen family on Victorian harness racing.

Best Book or Publication

The Six American Stallions of Adelaide Hill Stud

Written by Noel Ridge and published on the Harness Breeders Victoria website on 10 September 2021.

Noel Ridge tells the story of the Adelaide Hills Stud which was established in 1903.

Best Published Action or Still Photograph

Inter Dominion Under Lights (pictured)

Taken by Greg Porteous at Menangle on 11 December 2021, Greg was positioned on the inside of the track at Tabcorp Park Menangle for the ID21 grand final and captured this stunning image looking back onto the pavilion.

Best Feature Television/Video Film to Air

Blacks A Fake – Thriving in Retirement

By Andy Pfammatter and Jordan Gerrans. Published on 19 July 2021 and featured on Sky Racing, harness.org.au and Racing Queensland social media.

The video feature showed former champion Blacks A Fake thriving in retirement and included interviews with trainer/driver Natalie Rasmussen and part-owner Cheryl Rasmussen.

Best Radio Feature to Air

Interview with Luke McCarthy and Mattie Craven in the lead-up to the 2021 Pacing & Trotting Grand Finals

By Chris Barsby and aired on Radio TAB QLD on 8 December 2021.

Luke McCarthy and Mattie Craven were both aiming to achieve their maiden Inter Dominion victories with their respective charges King of Swing and Pink Galahs at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Both drivers spoke openly and candidly about their chances.

Award of Merit For Demonstrated Excellence in Promotion

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club – Trot Rods

The Trot Rods was a unique harness racing series that features 1 lap races over the shortest distance in Australian Harness Racing the 947m at Redcliffe ‘The Triangle’.

Award of Merit For Demonstrated Excellence in Social Media Usage & Innovation


The Queensland Harness Racing outside broadcaster, PSP enhanced the broadcast coverage of harness racing to incorporate drone coverage and driver cam telemetry.


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