January 28, 2022

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How Apple Valley’s Gabriele Bernat blazed the trail for woman racers

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A person once said, “Everyone has a story” — or probably they reported, “There are a hundreds of thousands stories in the Substantial Desert” — and anyone who does nearly anything with horses normally has a lot of tales to convey to.

Gabriele Bernat is just one these kinds of person.

Gabriele now lives in Apple Valley, her home filled with scrapbooks and partitions adorned with just a sample of her amazing career — a single that performed out on the race observe and put her in the equestrian record books.

Gabriele was a single of the initially female harness racing motorists, as well as 1 of the initially female members of the Western Harness Association. She was also the very first female to win a harness race at Hollywood Park,  at the ripe aged age of 23 in 1977.

The number of “firsts” on Gabriele’s racing resume is amazing. She was the first female driver at Centennial Downs in Denver Cloverdale Raceway in British Columbia and Calgary Stampede and Northlands Park in Alberta. 

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