Autistic boy converted to the trots

1 December 2017

From Newcastle Paceway 

AT the age of five, autistic boy Kodi has found his passion.

And his new affinity with harness racing and horses has his foster parents Bronwyn and Stewart Free amazed.

Kodi has always been comfortable around animals according to Bronwyn but they are blown away by the impact that the trots has had on him.

Having attended races at Newcastle Paceway on four occasions now, Kodi has fallen more in love with the experience each time. 

“While he’s here he doesn’t have a care in the world, he’s not fazed by anything,” Bronwyn said. 

“On normal outings he has a short attention span and is eager to go home after short periods of time but he doesn’t want to leave when we are at the trots.”

At last Saturday night’s race meeting, Kodi got up close and personal with the Mini Trotters and thanks to owner Marissa Dimarco and Daryll Jackson, he experienced a ride in the sulky with young Mini Trots driver Harrison Wiggins.

“He’s hooked,” Bronwyn said.

“He’ll be so excited when I tell him I’ve booked him his first lesson next week.”

Kodi also seems to have a knack at picking winners too and Bronwyn has already taken him shopping on her winnings based on his tips.

Bronwyn and Stewart, who are soon to become adoptive parents of Kodi, could not speak more highly of the experience at Newcastle Harness Racing Club for Kodi, families and anyone with special needs.