Horseman Spotlight

Gilles Barrieau

Certainly the best known name in New Brunswick when it comes to harness racing and that is for good reasons. In 2013, he again was the top driver in the province capturing driving titles in both Saint John and Fredericton. He is also regarded as one of the country's top trainers.

Gilles was the top percentage driver in Canada in 2013 after wrapping up the campaign with a stellar .420 average which also topped all of North America in his category with the number of starts.

He will go in to 2014 with 3811-wins, $6.9-million in career winnings, and an amazing .371 lifetime driving average. He has represented Canada at the World Driving Championship and has won an O'Brien award in the horsemanship category.

As a trainer, he has 749-wins and a lifetime average of .409. He is known for his training of young pacers and has trained the winners of a staggering $2.4-million dollars with the majority of it earned in the Maritimes.