Created on Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:34
Join us as we Celebrate 40 Years of Harness Racing in the community of Cloverdale! While we've gone through name changes at the racetrack, there are horsemen who've been here from the start and we are proud to call them the pioneers of our community.
In celebration of our longtime commitment in the community, we have created the Fraser Downs Horse Racing Club, providing an opportunity for the public to get involved in, socialize and experience the ownership of a race horse.
There will be giveaways, special acknowledgements and events to engage the public this year; as we recognize the contributions of those who've helped create the harness racing industry here and across our country.
Our Anniversary of 40 Years also means we're in for another year of excitement and challenges in reinvigorating the Harness Racing Industry here in BC, and the Backstretch at Fraser Downs Racetrack.
It's not an easy task negotiating with the varied interests who control our future and livelihoods. Yet, we know and strongly believe that our future is an integral part of; and important for the growth of jobs and the economy here in BC.
Fraser Downs Racetrack at Elements Casino is the only Harness Racing track left in British Columbia, providing a valuable opportunity for Track Operator, Great Canadian to work with us to promote the excitement of Harness Racing to the Lower Mainland. We invite you to come out and see what we are doing together to promote horse racing and jobs in the community.
And we can't forget that Surrey is the only major city in BC to have the unique asset of the Big Red Barns to house the Race Horses who live year round in the City; it's a great opportunity for The City to embrace our agriculture and the provision of a vast array of jobs that the horsemen provide, which are close to home.
It really is 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.
Join us in making Harness Horse Racing your choice of an exciting sport and entertainment option. We invite you to learn about the horses and celebrate their presence in our society today. A strong, vibrant racing industry provides vast social opportunities, careers and lifestyle options for the future.
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 agricultural economies, 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 andrtainment through job creation in a variety of sectors - agriculture, hospitality, tourism and careers directly related to working with the horses in the racing
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!
Report from 2016 Sale - Surdale Farms' SAFETY SECOND topped the sale at $22,000. The colt by Al Neurauter and Surdale Farms' hot new stallion, Custard The Dragon, p,3,1:48.1f ($777,817) and first foal of Jan's Rich Girl, p,2,1:56.4f, 1:53.1 ($328,210) was purchased by Don Bryne Stables of Alberta.
Extremely enthusiastic bidding saw gross sales almost double from last year to $454,250 making it very clear that buyers are anxious to be part of the lucrative BC stakes program.
RESULTS from our yearling/mixed sale of November 28th can be viewed under Events.
ATTENTION ALL CONSIGNORS FOR THE UPCOMING SALE:
Please ensure that all of your paperwork has been provided to the office and a copy of the COGGINS TEST which will be required to produce prior to arrival on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds and/or Fraser Downs Backstretch area.
SHOW BARN AVAILABILITY TO MOVE HORSES IN will be Monday morning at 10:00 am. For out of town horses, the office has made arrangements for early arrivals; please call the office for further information (604-574-5558 Ext. 1)
PEDIGREES for the upcoming Yearling & Mixed Sale can be viewed by clicking "Events."
VOUCHER GIVE AWAYS OFFERED AT THE SALE- To view the poster and conditions of the vouchers, please click "Events."
ATTENTION MEMBERSHIP - NO PERSONAL CHEQUE POLICY FOR STAKES
Beginning January 2017, HRBC will no longer be accepting personal cheques for any closed or open stakes; to include all nominations, sustaining, declarations, and starting fees.
Acceptable payment will be debit, credit, money order (bank draft) or cash.