2 December 2011 - Harness racing enthusiast Noel Ridge has joined the Committee of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club. He was co-opted onto the Committee following the resignation of Joe Page. A teacher, staff developer, literacy consultant, former Assistant Principal and Principal, who was involved in consultancy and staff development work with districts and schools in the United States between 1993 - 2009, Noel is well travelled and lived in New York enabling him regular attendance at The Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold tracks where he saw remarkable horses like Jenna’s Beach Boy, Cam’s Card Shark, Western Ideal and his son RocknRoll Hanover racing, and legendary drivers including John Campbell, Ron Pierce, Mike LaChance and Bill O’Donnell. He is currently Manager Literacy Leadership for the School Improvement team Loddon Mallee Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood. Noel’s professional writing appears in books, a CDROM series, curriculum guides for school systems, curriculum plans for schools, teacher guides, and many articles. He is well known as a student of harness racing bloodlines and his family owned and bred a number of horses in the 70s and 80s, including Stormy Ridge, winner at Moonee Valley and promising, but ill fated 3yos Limerick Castle and Mount Akeley. Noel served as secretary of the Bendigo Owners Trainers Drivers association in the 1980s. He loves harness racing and has a special interest in standardbred pedigrees, and breeding theories. "I am keen to work to educate young people and those coming to the track for the first time, so they understand Harness Racing as a sport, and can gain the same enjoyment as my family and I have derived over many years," he said.