Cranbourne based trotter Captain McCraw, Charlie to his friends, held a captive audience at the Cranbourne Harness Training Centre when visited by an enthusiastic group from Living Life Support Services recently.
The visit was initiated by Kira Cashman who combines driving trackwork at Cranbourne with full-time employment as a carer for Living Life Support Services, a disability services provider in neighbouring Langwarrin.
Kira organised with Captain McCraw’s trainer, Terry Franklin for the four-year-old to be up close and personal with the group and their carers who were able to pat and admire him before he was geared up and taken out on to the race track to fast work in preparation for his next race outing at Kilmore next Monday. Some even took the opportunity to don race helmets, vests and race colours as they enjoyed every minute of their harness racing experience.
Franklin was only too happy to be involved. “It was wonderful to see so many smiles on so many faces and Charlie was just so well behaved. It really does make you think again about just what a good natured and versatile animal the standardbred is,” Franklin said. “I just hope his manners are that good when he lines up on Monday!”
Cranbourne HRC Racing Manager, Cameron Gallagher who spent the morning with the clients is looking forward to their attendance at a race meeting in the near future. “Our club prides itself on the importance of participation and inclusion and I’ll look forward to hosting this group at a race meeting before too long.”
In the meantime, if Charlie can salute at Kilmore on Monday there will be an extra cheer coming from our newest trotting devotees from Cranbourne.
Cranbourne HRC Media