Cindy Acton, a groom working at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, received the first ever outstanding groom award at the 2015 O’Brien Awards.
“It was pretty awesome being nominated and it was even more thrilling to win it,” Acton, 29, said.
Each year the O’Brien Awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season, and on Feb. 13 the caretakers were also recognized.
“I was so nervous … but when they called me up I was definitely excited and happy and thrilled,” she said.
Acton said she was as excited that the award existed as she was for the win.
“Anyone could have won it and I would have been happy about it because it was the first time they’ve done that and it really should be continued every year for caretakers because … grooms don’t get a whole lot of recognition,” she said…