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Everyday Horse Heroes

July 2017 by Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our cover this month are Tanya McDermott and her Standardbred trotter Kyvalley Mac (better known as Noddy), photographed by Louise Sedgman. 

A long and passionate defender of Standardbred welfare, Tanya is manager of Harness Racing Victoria’s Harness Education and Re-homing Opportunities (HERO) program which, since 2015, has been creating positive pathways for Standardbreds exiting the racing environment. 

Bred in New Zealand and trained by Chris Lang in Australia, Noddy retired from harness racing with 12 wins and 37 placings from 116 starts, to quickly become the standout among Tanya’s herd of Standie retirees, which currently numbers nine.