A one-time bullfighting cowboy from Manitoba, Daryl Thiessen had suffered his fair share of injuries over the years. He started driving Standardbreds in 2019, however, and was starting to make a real name for himself around Ontario’s B-tracks when the COVID pandemic shut down racing in that province in the spring of 2021. Thiessen decided to travel west and ply his trade in Alberta, but was involved in a devastating accident at Century Downs shortly thereafter. The road back has taken him all across North America, and has had more downs than ups, but inspired by the strength of his father, and with the spirit of a true cowboy, Thiessen has found his way back to Ontario, and is looking to pick up where he left off, doing what he loves the most -- racing horses.
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