Interdominion pacing winner Ultimate Sniper won the horse of the year award at the Harness Racing New Zealand awards at a small function at Addington last night.
Ultimate Sniper won 13 of his 20 starts, including all his heats and the final of the Interdominion series at Alexandra Park last December.
That was his final race as he was scanned after the win and found to have a small hole in his suspensory. It is unclear whether he will return to racing.
Ultimate Sniper, trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, also won the pacer of the year award.
The trotter of the year award went to Winterfell. The 5yr-old gelding, who won the Interdominion trotting final, is also trained by Purdon and Rasmussen.
Blair Orange was named leading driver while Robert Dunn was leading trainer. John Morrison was the leading junior driver.
New Zealand-bred speedster Shartin was awarded the special contribution to racing for her performances in the United States while owner Melissa Whyte was given the award for outstanding contribution to racing.
The return of Ricky May to the racetrack was described as the best moment of the season. May almost died when he collapsed when driving at Omakau at the start of the year, but he returned to driving in early June.
2yo trotting filly: Time Up The Hill.
2yo pacing filly: Shes No Lady.
2yo trotting colt or gelding: Eurokash.
2yo pacing colt or gelding: Krug.
3yo trotting filly: Vacation Hill.
3yo pacing filly: Amazing Dream.
3yo trotting colt or gelding: Ultimate Stride and Cracker Hill.
3yo pacing colt or gelding: One Change and Copy That.
4yo trotting mare: Overzealous.
4yo pacing mare: Belle Of Montana.
4yo trotting entire or gelding: Oscar Bonavena.
4yo pacing entire or gelding: Ultimate Sniper.
5yo and older trotting mare: Pretty Majestic.
5yo and older pacing mare: Bettor's Heart.
5yo and older trotting entire or gelding: Winterfell.
5yo and older pacing entire or gelding: Cruz Bromac.
Trotting broodmare: Una Bromac.
Pacing broodmare: Christian Dreamer.
Breeder: Trevor Casey.
Trotting stallion: Majestic Son.
Pacing stallion: Bettor's Delight.
Owner: Jean Feiss.
Leading junior driver, UDR: Zev Meredith.
Leading junior driver: John Morrison.
Leading driver: Blair Orange.
Leading trainer: Robert Dunn.
Pacer: Ultimate Sniper.
Special contribution to harness racing: Shartin.
Horse of the year: Ultimate Sniper.
Best moment of the season: Ricky May's return to racing.
Outstanding contribution to life after racing: Melissa Whyte