HERO Manager Tanya McDermott has been a harness racing journalist for 25 plus years, with extensive print and electronic media experience.
She previously worked for 10 years as Country Marketing Executive for Harness Racing Victoria.
She has a vast industry network and a passionate interest in Standardbred welfare - Tanya has been rehoming and re-educating retired pacers and trotters for almost two decades.
Prior to accepting her position with HERO, Tanya was already a “go to” person for many of the State’s owners and trainers with retired Standardbreds seeking life after racing homes.
At any one time, up to eight retirees are in Tanya’s personal care and at various stages of their re-education under saddle.
Her husband Graham is a third generation trainer/driver which gives Tanya a valuable hands-on insight into the industry from a racing perspective.
She was also a founding member of the Northern Standardbred Riding Group Inc.
In 2008, Tanya received the Pearl Kelly Award recognising the notable and sustained contribution by a woman to the harness racing industry in Victoria.
Tanya is assisted in her role by two full-time Contracted Retrainers - Warren Cochrane and Bronwyn Daube of Cobe Lodge Limited and Elle Moro of Moro Equine Services.
Warren and Bronwyn have been involved with the Program since it's inception but came on board full-time in August 2017, re-educating and rehoming retired Standardbreds under the HERO banner.
New Zealanders by birth, the Cobe Lodge team is vastly experienced with both racing and pleasure Standardbreds, and co-ordinates the inquiry process for members of the public interested in purchasing a HERO Program Graduate.
Elle Moro joined the HERO staff in September 2018, turning her back on a nursing career to pursue her passion for horses, in particular Standardbreds, an interest inherited from her grandfather.
She was an active member of Riddells Creek Pony Club for 10 years as a youngster and previously worked as a stablehand with Chris and Alison Alford.
Elle is a skilled and experienced horsewoman who enjoys trail riding and competition campdrafting in addition to educating and training her family's racing stock.