Garett Isman

How did you get into harness racing?

Through my family, I am a third generation horseman on both my mothers and fathers side.

How long have you been a driver/trainer?

Since 2012.

In your opinion what is the biggest innovation the sport has seen since you began racing?

The race bikes. It seems like they come out with new faster, lighter designs every year.

Other than Manitoba where have you trained / driven?

I have driven horses in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Minnesota.

Favorite horse you have trained / driven?

It’s a tie. Cheyenne Dusk will always be my favourite horse. He got me interested in driving and is just a great classy horse. Also Major Hottie because of the sheer power, speed and class. It was an honour to sit behind a world champion horse like him.

Favorite horse you haven’t trained / driven?

One More Laugh. I got to see him race at the Little Brown Jug and still check his lines to see if he will ever drop into a claimer.

Biggest Harness Racing inspiration?

image1My parents George and Val for their dedication, hard work and passion for racing. My dad for all his knowledge and accomplishments as a trainer and driver, and my mom for taking on every role imaginable in the industry and still mucking stalls at the barn every day.

Best memory of your harness racing career?

Getting the call to drive MB Swamp Donkey in the Futurity Stake final and putting the fastest race line of her career on her.

Goals for 2016 racing season?

No specific goals, just to keep learning and getting better each year.

Long term racing goals?

I am still undecided between driving in Manitoba as a hobby as I do now, or one day taking a shot at making a career driving horses. Time will tell.

Aside from harness racing what do you enjoy doing?

Watching and playing sports, poker, gym, Netflix