Ohio's Outstanding Groom Award To DiMatteo

Gina DiMatteo

Gina DiMatteo of Northfield, Ohio has been named the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association's Outstanding Groom for 2023.

DiMatteo works for and was nominated by trainer Bill Rhoades.  

Rhoades said DiMatteo is selfless when it comes to the needs of the horses.  

“She tends to every horse’s need that she is in contact with on an individual basis,” said Rhoades. “If every trainer was lucky enough to have someone half as hard-working, caring and dedicated as Gina, this business would be a whole lot easier.”

DiMatteo said the best part of her job is being around the horses.  

“It is work, but it is relaxing," she said. "The horses bring a smile to my face every day with the things they do.”

DiMatteo has been a groom for about 37 years and said the horses are addicting.

“They get into your blood, and you’re done.”

DiMatteo will be honoured at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 13, 2024 at the Mariott Columbus OSU in Columbus, Ohio. 

(Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association)

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