Ross Houghton to take up full-time role with Woodend stable
The Woodend branch of the Robert Dunn stable are stoked with their news that Ross Houghton will take up a full-time role with the stable starting tomorrow.
For the last 12 years Ross has been employed as a full-time loader for Air New Zealand. However, during his "free" time Ross has been a regular fixture at the Woodend stable pitching in to help out his good mate John. Ross has also been given an opportunity to get back in the cart on raceday and has driven 6 winners from limited opportunities over the last two seasons.
Harness racing has alawys been a part of Ross Houghton's life. As a junior reinsman, he worked for both Barry Pudon and Dean Taylor, driving 33 winners in this capacity. It was during this time that he met good mate John Dunn who shared a similar employ. While he loved the harness game and the horses, Ross made the decision to walk away about 9 years ago, not renewing his license. However, with his passion for the sport rekindled in the last few years, Ross felt that this was the right time to make a career move. "It will be nice not having to do the shift work that's for real. To be able to go home from work with the sun still shining, that will be really good."
Ironically when I talked to Ross last week, he was supposed to be on annual leave before taking up his new position. However, on Monday he had done a 10 hour day at the stable and the following day after having helped work the team he was down at Ashburton driving at the trials. One thing is sure in that Ross will only add value to what is already a very slick operation.
Ross in action in earlier days for the Dean Taylor stable
Posted: Sun 04 Oct 2015