The Conger family is finding success in harness racing both on and off the racetrack. Hudson, Ohio's Jeff Conger trained Colby D to victory in the ninth race on Wednesday (October 30) at Northfield Park, a mere two days after the Harness Tracks of America announced that his daughter, Ashley Conger, is one of three recipients of a $5,000 scholarship.
Wednesday's triumph marks the fifth win this year for Colby D (Emile Angus-Royal Two-Royal Troubador), who now has 13 career victories and earnings of $63,563.
Ashley Conger, 17, is one of three recipients of the Harness Tracks of America's (HTA) annual scholarship program. She is a 2013 graduate of Hudson High School with a 3.8 GPA.
Ashley is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, Joe Urban. As an owner, trainer and driver, Joe Urban has been involved with racing horses for 45 years. He campaigned horses such as Anastasia Brat and Anastasia AJ.
Ashley's parents, Jeff and Linda Conger, have been involved with racing as owners, trainers and have both driven horses. Jeff campaigned Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee Berlin Flyer. He has 650 driving wins with purses totaling nearly $3,000,000 and Linda has 153 driving victories to her credit.
Ashley received her groom's license in 2012 and has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the standardbred industry. She has also been active in 4-H, holding officer positions within two clubs; both as secretary and president. Ashley is currently a freshman at the University of Findlay where she plans to study pharmacology. (Northfield Park)