2016 has been a year of Accomplishments for Harness Racing BC.
To boast some milestones, we’ve celebrated 40 years of Harness Racing in the community of Cloverdale with 500 nostalgic calendars given out to fans, we’ve created the Fraser Downs Horse Racing Club which has increased our fan and ownership base, and we’ve recognized the contributions of those who’ve helped create the harness racing industry here and across our country. And, we can lay claim that one of our BC members won the Canadian National Driving Championship and will go on to represent Canada at the Word Driving Championship in 2017.
Many thanks go to the dedication and hard work of our Directors and Members who’ve been involved in instilling pride in the backstretch and reaching out more into the community - inviting them into our backstretch to connect with the horsemen and of course, the noble horses who make us who we are.
As we negotiate our course for the future, we’ve captured back most of April for at least the next 3 years and our purses will increase. We’ve added new stakes resulting in a stake being held every month in 2017 – providing more excitement to engage people in racing. Let’s be proud and conscious of the economic impact and wide array of jobs we provide to our rural and urban economies throughout the Province of B.C.
We’re poised to continue moving forward; reinventing ourselves and reinvigorating interest in our sport. Leveraging our abilities and our genuine determination for our sport and our Standardbred horses, drives our passion for the future of harness racing, and we know that all who come our way will join our contagious enthusiasm.
Wishing you all a very prosperous New Year!
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, tourism and careers directly related to working with the horses in the racing industry
NOTICE OF 2017 AGM AND ELECTIONS FOR HRBC MEMBERSHIP - PLEASE GO TO HORSEMEN'S CORNER FOR DETAILS AGM TO BE HELD APRIL 18TH, 2017.
The HRBC 2017 Wendell Smith Memorial Stakes for BC Bred 3 Year Old Colts & Geldings has been cancelled due to insufficient entries.
SALE STAKE #18 for participants of the 2015 Yearling Sale, to race as a 3 year old in 2017
Please be advised that the date of the FINAL for this stake has been changed to APRIL 7th.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HRBC MEMBERSHIP
HRBC is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Standardbred Canada will be providing the Staking services to our members. For further information, click link to reveiw announcement.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HRBC MEMBERSHIP
PRINTABLE STAKE FORMS- CLICK BELOW
4 YEAR OLD MARES OPEN
4 YEAR OLD HORSES/GELDINGS OPEN
4 YEAR OLD MARES BC BRED
4 YEAR OLD HORSES/GELDINGS BC BRED
2015 YEARLING SALE STAKE # 18 FILLIES
2015 YEARLING SALE STAKE # 18 COLTS/GELDINGS
It's Here - our 2017 Race Dates Schedule with our meet extended in April in 2017!
2017 Fraser Downs Race Dates Schedule
Harness Racing BC has responded to the article that ran in the November 25th, 2016 edition of The Province Newspaper as follows:
Good afternoon Mr. Schaefer:
We are writing in response to the article recently published regarding Race for Rescue - Retired Standardbreds. The article contains several inaccuracies and false statements regarding our harness racing industry in the Province of BC which your readers need to know.
Our organization, Harness Racing BC Society represents the breeders, owners, trainers, drivers, grooms and of course, the horses, participating in the Standardbred Horse Racing Industry in the Province of BC. Our Standardbred horses are well-looked after and harness racing is regulated by the Province of BC via the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch. All members are regulated by the Rules of Racing, and the horses are closely monitored under the supervision of the GPEB officials and veterinarian during racing. We have very high standards of conduct and measures for the treatment of the horses in BC. It is our responsibility to uphold the welfare of the Standardbred horseand this is a primary consideration for all of our activities. We also follow the National Farm Animal Care Council code of practice for the care and handling of equines.
The Standardbred horses which have finished their racing careers at Fraser Downs Racetrack in Cloverdale are probably some of the best ‘re-trainable’ horses on the continent. Many are perfectly rideable when they come off the track and are not badly injured as the article states. The majority go on to new careers in sport and recreational pursuits. These horses make well-mannered enjoyable mounts that can walk, trot canter and even jump like any other horse. Standardbreds are known for their tractable good nature. We work very closely with rescue and replacement groups like Greener Pastures BC Standardbred Horse Adoption Society, an organization where most of the Standardbreds are homed to. Greener Pastures does excellent work in retraining and rehoming our horses as you will see from their Facebook page.
We are in the middle of harness racing season, which means we have almost 300 horses stabled here in Cloverdale. I would like to extend an invitation to you to come out to our barns in the backstretch at Fraser Downs to experience the care of our race horses and speak with our horsemen, you will see their passion and commitment for their horses.
HORSEMAN'S UPDATE CORNER: We're in the process of updating the website and note that all Updates and Notices for Horsemen have been moved to the tab called HRBC News - drop down menu item called Horsemen's Corner. We've also created a new tab for the Racing Club!
Harness Racing BC is pleased to announce that Donna Scrannage has been elected President of our organization. Donna brings a lifetime of experience in the harness racing industry to the table and a renewed enthusiasm for the future of the sport. Please join us in welcoming Donna!
2016 Standardbred Industry Award Winners - To view the list of our winners, please visit the Horsemen's Corner or Events to view the file.