About Kyle Marshall and His Career in Harness Racing
Born in Hamilton, Kyle left Cambridge High School when he was 16. His father David is a trainer so it was very inevitable that Marshall would enter the harness racing ranks.
"I've been around horses most of my life. I love them. I did Kidz Kartz before I left school.
"I used to help out at John Dickie's after school and on weekends and that confirmed to me that this is what I wanted to do," Kyle said.
Kyle took out my junior driving licence in the 2010/2011 season, going winless in his first season before driving five winners in my second season.
In the 2012/2013 season Kyle continued to improve resulting in 10 wins but before the end of that season he made the decision to go to Australia to learn from one of the best.
"I spent 18 months with Brent Lilley and I can't thank him enough for all the help and advice he gave me while I was there."
"I think I came back a better driver thanks to Brent's advice and help," Kyle said.
Returning to New Zealand in the 2014/15 season Kyle drove nineteen winners and was the leading North Island based junior driver for the year.
One win stands out for Kyle since his return from Australia.
"I drove Unmissuble to win for my father at Manawatu which was a big thrill."
"We brought her as a weanling for $400 and have taken her right through to winning a race so it was a special day"
Kyle knows he wouldn't be where he is today without the support of his family.
"Dad took out a licence to help me early on and the whole family have become involved in the ownership side to help me get more drives.
I wouldn't be having the success I"m having if it wasn't for them," he said.
Kyle, who helps his father David out with his small team at Cambridge, hopes one day to go into partnership with his father.
"That would be special to train in partnership with dad," he said.
Kyle has his sights set on the New Zealand Junior Drivers Championships
"To qualify is the first aim but like everyone else I really would love to win it," he said.
To succeed in harness racing today, you usually need a deep long term family connection to the industry or be attached to one of the leading stables.
Kyle has managed to succeed without either and looks to have a big future in the sport he loves.
Dad has been an inspiration to me. I'm so enjoying what I do now. It's sometimes hard to believe I'm actually doing this for a living," Kyle has said.