Created on Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:34
It's a busy year full of excitement and challenges for the Harness Racing Industry here in the Backstretch at Fraser Downs Racetrack. We will be working with Great Canadian on the Frontside as they create their vision for the new Elements Casino. Longtime patrons and the community are happy to hear that the track will still retain the name of Fraser Downs Racetrack.
With Fraser Downs Racetrack being the only Harness Racing track in British Columbia, it is a unique and valuable opportunity for Great Canadian to work with us to promote the excitement of Harness Racing to the Lower Mainland. Surrey is the only major city in BC to have the unique asset of the big red barns to house the Race Horses who actually live year round in the City. The Horses in the City just might be the best kept secret but it's no secret that a thriving racing economy benefits the community with a huge economic impact and a vast expanse of jobs that are close to home.
It's our privilege to promote and boast about our racing athletes - hardworking trainers, drivers and equine athletes who work 7 days a week to condition and prepare for the races that drive the economy via the gaming industry. Not to mention the investment of breeders and owners. There's no life like it, and a life with horses is a passionate one.
We are also here to educate the public about where the Community Gaming Grants come from - the horses are the foundation of the gaming community and led to the creation of the grants programs that support so many worthwhile causes in our communities throughout B.C. Now is the time to invite the public to support the horsemen as we race forward with our competitive energies to create a prosperous future for Harness Racing here in the growing community of Cloverdale, Surrey.
We need to pilot our future, making Harness Horse Racing the choice of an exciting sport and entertainment option. So, let's start with re-creating the HORSE as an exciting icon for the public and inviting them into our world - education about the economic contributions and other benfits of a strong, racing industry which also includes vast social opportunities, careers and lifestyle options.
Afterall, we are the Horsemen and it's our responsibility as the custodians of the horses to ensure their future as thanks to the contributions they've made to the building of our societies and civilization.
Harness the Passion!!
HARNESS THE VISION...At Harness Racing BC, we strive to provide quality, exciting races to increase revenue for our industry participants and the government. Harness Racing in Cloverdale contributes substantially to the BC economic sectors more than most sports and entertainment through job creation in a variety of sectors - agriculture, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and careers directly related to working with the horses in the racing industry.
HORSEMAN'S UPDATE CORNER:
Just a reminder that the new Racing Rules are coming into effect. You must wear a safety vest when driving in qualifiers or races.
There will be a Horseman's Meeting with GPEB on Thursday September 24th at 1:30 pm in the Backstretch Restaurant.
As of October 1st, 2015, B.C. will be testing for cobalt. Details will be discussed at the Horseman's Meeting on September 24th. See you all there!