Horse racing and Fort Saskatchewan don't usually go hand-in- hand, but there's one exception.
 
Standardbred Canada announced Tuesday (Jan.9) that Fort's own Amy Henry is one of the two finalists for the Outstanding Groom Award.
 
The award goes to the top harness racing horse groomer, their tasks include maintaining the health and wellness of the horses by feeding, brushing and more.
 
"Basically it's word of mouth to get nominated. It's who's seen what you can do with your horses and how hard you work and passionate you are," said Henry. "Grooms don't have statistics, so we can't just say 'oh she grooms this horse that well.'"
 
Henry works at Bedrock Farms by Beaumont with horse trainer and driver, Kelly Hoerdt.
 
Hoerdt was the one who entered Henry for the award based on her dedication and she was chosen out of over 1000 applicants.
 
Henry and Chantel Gillis from Truro, Nova Scotia will now attend the O'Brien Awards in Ontario on February 3, where they will announce the winner.
 
"It's a pretty big deal. That awards banquet is one of the most prestigious banquets in North America for harness racing," added Henry.
 
The O'Brien Awards celebrate the best in harness racing annually.
 

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