LBCA 2016: Hillston owner-operator wins LBCA Young Driver award

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Greg Bush


Bulk haulier Jeremy Horne is the winner of the 2016 LBCA Young Driver of the Year award

LBCA 2016: Hillston owner-operator wins LBCA Young Driver award
Jeremy Horne (right) receives the LBCA Young Driver of the Year award from SafeWork NSW’s Tony Williams.

 

Owner-operator Jeremy Horne has taken out this year’s Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association (LBCA) Young Driver of the Year award.

The award, sponsored by Safe Work NSW, was announced at the annual LBCA conference on March 4 during the Penske-sponsored Mount Panorama Feast in Bathurst.

Horne was one of six finalists, the others being Scott McDonald, Jarrod Davidson, Jeremy Taylor, Tony Keen and Richard Roberson.

Tony Williams SafeWork NSW director – regional and response operations, who presented the award, says it was very clear to the judging panel that Horne "had an absolute passion for the industry".

Still only 26, Horne has been in business since 19. Hauling grain out of his base in Hillston in western NSW, he is also involved in grain storage and trading.

Horne says he has always been interested in a transport career, although he adds "I don’t want to be 50 and still staring at the windscreen".

Driving a Kenworth T909, Horne’s main route is Hillston to Melbourne with grain, and hauling fertiliser on the return run. He has one full-time subcontractor, with up to six other subbies which he calls on when workload requires.

"I’d like to keep expanding, but it probably suits me better to use subcontractors," Horne says.

"I’ve got a loyal group of loyal owner-drivers, you never hear complaints and they do the job right."

The LBCA Young Driver of the Year award is open to drivers aged between 21 and 35, with the winner receiving a $5000 trip to the United States.

For more on the LBCA Young Driver of the Year award, see the April 2016 edition of Owner//Driver.

 

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