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Moreton Bay owners and trainers, Melissa Kendall and her husband Phil Chappenden stumbled upon harness racing by chance, and before they knew it their passion became part of their livelihood.
By day however, Melissa works as a Spinal & Brain Injury Researcher with Queensland Health and Phil, works at a local landscape company and manages a produce store. Together with their son Zach – the 2020 BOTRA Young Drivers Champion – the couple run a small but successful team with 18 horses in work.
During COVID-19, the couple have worked hard to continue to serve the community in their essential day to day work, all whilst continuing to train and compete their Standardbreds. Whilst the thrill of the win has by no means waned, what Melissa enjoys most is being able to work with young horses and understand how to get the best out of their ability.
Melissa and Phil have been in love with the sport of harness racing for many years, and they dedicate their lives to their horses and the thrill of racing in Queensland. The sacrifices they have made along the way, are in their own words ‘to keep racing going’ – and their story is one of thousands in the Sunshine State, whose lives are brought together #AtTheHeartOfRacing.
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