Academy founder Ricki Herbert’s return to harness racing has drawn national news coverage. Here’s a story published by Stuff on December 3, 2020:
Stuff: The new pace proved too hot for Ricki Herbert when he lined up with the field at Cambridge Harness Raceway.
The former All Whites coach was in the sulky behind pacer Chalberg in race one at Thursday evening’s meeting.
The 59-year-old is no stranger to the sport, with his late father Clive Herbert having been a trainer of standardbreds. He had more than 150 winners and won almost $1 million in stakes.
“My mum passed away about four years ago, and my dad about 18 months ago, and I wanted to resurrect his colours that he used to have for the drivers,” Herbert said.
“The second thing was I would love to have a drive in his colours.”
Photo: Grant Stantiall
Harness Racing New Zealand: Herbert makes raceday return
By Joshua Smith
HRNZ: Ricki Herbert is well-known for his association with football, coaching the All Whites to an historic World Cup campaign a decade ago, but on Thursday night he made a return to his other passion – harness racing.
More than three decades ago Herbert developed a passion for the sport upon his return from playing international football when he started to help out his father Clive at his stable.
“I had been overseas playing football and when I got back and wasn’t quite sure where to go or what to do, I jumped on board with Dad,” Herbert said.