Horse trainer and driver allegedly sexually abused young woman
Blair Ensor15:56, May 20 2022
A horse trainer and a driver are due to appear in court next week facing sex charges. (File photo)
A horse trainer and a driver allegedly sexually abused a woman during last year's New Zealand Cup and Show week in Canterbury.
It comes as a police officer says more needs to be done to stop a small group of trainers from exploiting a power imbalance that exists in the industry.
A 25-year-old trainer has been charged with indecent assault and aggravated assault, while a 29-year-old driver has been charged with indecent assault.
It’s understood the charges relate to an incident that happened at a private training stables in November last year.
Detective Sergeant Daniel Isherwood said the two men were arrested this week and would appear in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.
He declined to comment further about the case while it was before the courts.
However, speaking generally, Isherwood said it was clear from his inquiries and observations that the harness racing industry had a problem it needed to address.
“A lack of employment contracts, coupled with young women who are motivated to progress their careers has unfortunately created an environment a small number of trainers have chosen to exploit.
“Trainers are in a position of power and really need to take a hard look at what they are doing to ensure a safe work place.”
Harness Racing New Zealand chief executive Gary Woodham could not be reached for comment.
The Dunns have not got any top pacers. Classie Brigade is their best as you point out mate. The horse is consistent but is unlikely to win a G!. Henry Hubert is Ok but not really the type of horse to feature in G1 races.
There are not many up comers because many are sold, or sent to Australia to race. I don't blame them for either selling or sending to Aust to race because the horses have more chance of earning over there. The Tellers have some handy horses working through the grades. I think the stable is the one most likely to challenge the All Stars in the next two or three seasons.
I'm not seriously saying he'd beat any of the Blue Army in the NZ Cup. If FM made the cup field he'd need to go an extended unbeaten run. Even if he was able to do that he'd still start at long odds. I enjoy math's and gambling. Truth be known, with FM only being a 3 race winner it would be a miracle if he even made the field. Because I rate him highly, if the TAB offered me 300-1 on him to win the Cup today, I'd happily put a couple of hundred each way on him and then cash out on half my wagers when he starts at 25-1 and ride out the rest. Still be a very nice earner. You will know about the glorious uncertainty of sport.
I'm now in danger of looking like a fool at about 6.55 pm tonight
I don't like the look of it , some horses look very uncomfortable on it to me, much of that is born out by the spread of horses in a finish.
For me I find it a horrible watch , love to see some wagering and see if punters are enjoying though.