Islander Marc Campbell who had a record setting year in 2017 at Red Shores in Charlottetown and Summerside in harness racing is the winner of the Horsemanship Award at the O’Brien Awards held in Mississauga, Ontario.
Campbell wins the Standarbred Canada award for a second time. He also won in 2012.
He set a a record on the Island with 255 wins and $587,000 in purses as a driver.
He also had 131 victories as a trainer and over $376,000 in earnings.
Campbell was the top-percentage trainer and driver in Canada last year while competing in Atlantic Canada.
His UDR (universal driver rating) was .449.
His UTR (universeral trainer rating) was .526.
He led Red Shores in Charlottetown with a record 162 wins and 87 wins as a trainer.
In Summerside he led the track with 59 wins and was top trainer with 26 horses going to the winner’s circle.
He also topped Truro Raceway with over $59, 000 in earnings and Northside Downs with over $28,000 in purse money.
The top driver of the year winning the O’Brien Award is Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario who has 325 wins and $5.9 million in earnings in 2017.
The aged mare trotter Hannelore Hanover is the winner of the inaugural Somebeachsomewhere Award as Canada’s Horse of the Year. Owned by Burke Stables of Pennsylvania she had 10 wins and $1.1 million in purses.
Owners Islander Dr. Ian Moore and Serge Savard presented with the Three Year Old Colt Pacer Award for Classic Pro at the O’Briens.