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    Seven-year-old Siena becomes trotter’s biggest fan after chance racetrack meeting Seven-year-old Siena becomes trotter’s biggest fan after chance racetrack meeting

    SIENA URQUHART with Kim Procter and 'handsome boy', Abitofadreamer

    THERE is 100 per cent chance I will get in trouble for saying this, but Abitofadreamer is no superstar. A handy type, which always... Seven-year-old Siena becomes trotter’s biggest fan after chance racetrack meeting

    THERE is 100 per cent chance I will get in trouble for saying this, but Abitofadreamer is no superstar.

    A handy type, which always gives his best, whatever he lacks in speed and ability, the gelding appears to make up for in looks.

    Personally, I just see another brown horse, but to owner-trainer Kim Procter, Abitofadreamer is her “handsome boy”.

    To Procter’s delight, world champion horsewoman Kerryn Manning also referred to Abitofadreamer as “a handsome boy” before driving him in Melton on January 12.

    “Hearing Kerryn calling Dreamer a handsome boy made my day,” Procter said. “She gave him a 10 out of 10 for appearance and it was like getting a seal of approval.”

    Rewind to last October and Abitofadreamer also caught the attention of a young fan while in the Geelong stalls.

    Finding herself drawn to the son of Used To Me, Siena Urquhart has become Abitofadreamer’s second biggest fan behind Procter.

    In fact, the seven-year-old not only began following the squaregaiter’s career, she is disappointed if Abitofadreamer races while she is at school and can’t watch him live!

    “For some reason she has taken a liking to Abitofadreamer,” Siena’s father, Calum, said. “The night she saw him Kim let Siena pat him and then follow them to the wash bay and she was very excited.

    “She then made me ‘black book’ him so she knows when he is racing and the next time he came to Geelong we had to be at the track.

    “I’ve got shares in five horses in Adelaide and she has shown no interest in them, but she likes Abitofadreamer.

    “If he races while she is at school I have to record it so she can watch him when she gets home.”

    SIENA’S Abitofadreamer letter

    Recently contacting Procter, Calum arranged for Siena to spend time with Abitofadreamer, with father and daughter driving from Lara to Toolern Vale this morning.

    Excited to spend time with her favourite horse, Siena presented Procter with a specially-designed drawing and letter, which the trainer referred to as “beautiful”.

    PAGE Two of Siena’s Abitofadreamer letter

    Procter also had a surprise for Siena – a Team Dreamer t-shirt and cap – much to the youngster’s delight.

    “I love Dreamer,” Siena said. “Dreamer races amazing and is my favourite.

    “I like to watch him race and was happy my Dad took me to see him and to get a hat and top from Kim which had my name on it.”

    Describing the interest as “wonderful”, Procter hopes it is not only the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but a lifelong

    interest in harness racing for Siena.

    Maybe even the foundation of a career in the industry!

    “Just hearing Siena had become a fan of my handsome boy brought a huge smile to my face,” Procter said. “Then to be asked if she can come and see him at the stable was wonderful.

    “Receiving a letter and drawing from Siena was just beautiful and melted my heart.

    “It was such a pleasure to have Siena and her Dad come to the stable and the door is always open to them.

    “Siena is such a lovely girl, and who knows, maybe one day she will train a winner and I’ll be her horse’s number one fan.

    “Everyone in harness racing has caught the bug at some point and this may be Siena’s moment.”

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