Prominent reinswoman Kima Frenning is to play a role in a pre-training and rehabilitation operation being established by Ballarat trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin.
Frenning is relocating from Nagambie to take up the position.
"It's an excellent opportunity and great to be involved from the start."
Frenning said she had long had an interest in equine rehabilitation and had been talking to Stewart and Tonkin for sometime about being part of the venture.
"It's a dream job for me," said Frenning, who arrived from Sweden five years ago.
Stewart and Tonkin announced last month they were expanding their operation to include a pre-training arm for standardbreds and thoroughbreds on land next to their existing Cardigan stable and training complex.
Frenning's initial entry into Australian harness racing was as a monte rider - quickly establishing herself a leader in the saddle.
She gradually made the switch to the sulky and after a steady build up took out the Victorian concession drivers' premiership in 2018-19, with regular driving engagements for Stewart playing a part in her rise up the ranks.
She was also leading the table this season until seriously injured in a fall as the horses scored up behind the mobile barrier in a race at Melton in March.
Frenning suffered extensive injuries, with fractured hands and concussion, in an incident in which onlookers believed she was lucky to survive.
As she prepares to take up her new position, Frenning will be back on the track at Ballarat trials on Monday after being given a medical clearance.
She said she was looking to again be holding the reins.
"I right to go. It's great to be back in action."
While she hopes to continue some driving, her role with Stewart and Tonkin would be her top priority.
It might also mean a returning to training goes on hold.
Frenning has only dabbled in training, but in two seasons has had 11 wins from 24 starts with just two horses.
She enjoyed a great run with NZ-bred pacer Buster Brady, which won the Horsham, Maryborough, Echuca, Cobram and Geelong Cups, and finished fifth in the 2019 AG Hunter Cup.
Frenning also had three wins with another ex-Kiwi in Kardesler, which has continued to impress in Stewart's care.
In the meantime, Emma Stewart stable star Poster Boy heads back to the races at Melton on Saturday night.
Poster Boy has won his two starts since returning from almost a year away from the track, an absence caused by a life-threatening illness - each at Melton.
His in-form stablemates Major Times and Egodan provide Poster Boy's biggest dangers.