Originally founded in 1965 by Geoff Broome, Harness Racing Travelworld has been owned and operated by Michael and Belinda Gallenti since 1996. The annual Inter Dominion series has been the flagship of our tour program for over 50 years. Other major harness racing events that complement our regular tour program include the Little Brown Jug USA, New Zealand Cup and the World Driving Championships. All of our tours are personally escorted by a team of experienced and dedicated individuals (see below) who take great pride in the fact that over eighty per cent of our passengers are regulars and have traveled with us before, many of them on multiple occasions. Some regular tour members have been traveling on our Inter Dominion tours for over thirty five years!
Whether you are booking a harness racing tour, a domestic airfare or the holiday of your dreams, we believe that the recipe for providing customer satisfaction is quite simple. Never compromise on quality, research your products carefully and thoroughly, be honest with your customers and dont sell them anything that you would not buy yourself. We hope to see you soon.
Michael & Belinda Gallenti
Michael and Belinda have been involved in the travel industry for most of their working lives and have been operating their travel agency and group tour business for eighteen years. Whilst Belindas main role within the business is managing their Melbourne based travel agency she is eager to put on her tour escort's hat whenever she gets the opportunity.
Michael is responsible for the day to day operation of Harness Racing Travelworld.Harness Racing Travelworld has become a major part of our business since we joined Geoff Broomes Travelworld in 1996. Neither of us has a harness racing background but it didnt take long to realise how fortunate we were to be dealing with the harness racing community. Many of our customers have become good friends so it enables us to enjoy a social life while we are working. We are optimistic about the future of our harness racing tours as the strong growth in specialised group travel over recent years continues. Much of the credit for the popularity of our tours is due to our tour escorts, who are on hand to ensure that you enjoy your time with us
Ross Pyke is the veteran of our tour escorts and was on board with Geoff Broome in the days when legendary names such as San Simeon, Gammalite, Preux Chevalier and Village Kid were at the top of their game. He has had a life time involvement with the Western Australian harness racing industry, formerly General Manager of the Western Australian Trotting Association at Gloucester Park and currently Secretary / Manager of Fremantle Harness Racing Club. He takes annual leave every year to travel to the Inter Dominion as a HRT tour escort.Needless to say Ross has had a great deal of experience, not only as a tour escort but also as a top level administrator responsible for the successful conduct of major harness racing events such as the Inter Dominion. His dedication to the administration, marketing and promotion of harness racing at both a club and industry level made him a worthy recipient of the Australian Harness Racing CouncilDistinguished Service Award in 2003. The award was given in recognition of almost forty years of exemplary service to both the Western Australian Trotting Association and the Fremantle Harness Racing Club.Popularly known as the Minister for Calcuttas he is the consummate organizer and takes charge of our popular Calcutta every year. He and his wife Toni have hosted many successful extended tours throughout Australia and New Zealand which Ross says is the highlight of his tour escorting experience.He says I have seen many changes during my lifetime involvement with harness racing but the one thing that hasnt changed is the people. Having been involved as a tour escort for many years with Geoff Broome and now HRT its great to catch up with our regular passengers each year and also to welcome new tour members. I know that for many people the tours are their annual holiday. We are entrusted with the responsibility of giving them a holiday to remember and it keeps us on our toes although its not like we are really working more like we are enjoying the experience with them.
Born and bred in Tamworth NSW, Mark was a school teacher for twenty years followed by a stint as a Golf Club Manager for three years. He is now content with a less stressful life working behind the counter of a retail liquor store.
Marks ability to talk for hours without taking a breath together with a flair for journalism led to a part time job as a radio announcer at the ABC in Tamworth. His regular weekend program has been covering sporting events (including harness racing) in North Eastern NSW for the past sixteen years. A keen hockey player and avid golfer for many years he has hung up the hockey stick but still pokes around the golf course with a sub ten handicap.Mark's interest in harness racing spans almost 40 years, since his family took him to the trots as a teenager. His involvement has been vast and varied as a trainer, breeder, owner, administrator, official (mobile starter, judge, timekeeper, race caller) and small time punter. As an owner he has had some limited success with pacers Southside Park (10 wins), Our Magic Girl (7), Game Dancer (3), Sheza Sportsmodel (9), Sheza Supermodel (1) and ill-fated trotter Divine Dancer. He is still searching for that elusive champion!Mark first attended the Inter Dominion with HRT as a passenger sixteen years ago and hasnt missed one since. After a couple of years as a passenger he was offered the opportunity to become a tour escort because of his great personality and enthusiasm for meeting and enjoying the company of others. He has been a tour escort for seventeen years and is our specialist USA tour escort having escorted numerous tours to the USA during that time.