Brittany lives the dream in roles of trainer/driver
BRITTANY Graham was destined to be in the driver's seat from a young age.
Despite some early reservations from her parents, she quickly made it clear what you wanted to do.
From there, she has gone from strength to strength, winning at tracks around south east Queensland.
Having experienced the challenge and satisfaction of harness racing, Brittany recommends other young people giving the sport a go, provided they do the groundwork first.
"I'm glad that I didn't rush it," said Brittany, 18.
"You sit back and watch it and think 'I can do that, that's easy'. But when you get out there, it's just a completely different ball game.
"I put in a lot of practice. I've been driving horses at home since I was 12 or 13.
"It's a lot of hard work but it's definitely worth it."
She said the toughest part of harness racing was being on call 24 hours when training and driving at the same time.
However, she savours the rewards.
"The most satisfying part is definitely driving winners," she said. "Every time I win a race, I get really excited, especially training my own horses."
Brittany hopes training strongholds like Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale and Marburg continue to achieve success.
"There's a lot of families out this way that have done it for generations now," she said.
"It's good land for training horses.
"It's more quite strong families like the McMullens and the Dawsons and us all out here.
"It's not too far from the city either."