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As 2017 has now drawn to a close in the backstretch at Fraser Downs Racetrack, we reflect back upon the challenges our harness horse racing industry has dealt with in recent years and celebrate each success and step forward taken in the past year.

 

  • Collaborations and commitments to the racing industry have been forged – Standardbred Canada has initiated regular teleconference meetings of all provinces, giving an opportunity to candidly and directly discuss and share our business issues and determine what help we all need to move forward. 

 

  • Working with other provincial and national organizations, including sports organizations, has been key to producing support and recognition for our athletes - humans and horses.

 

  • Harness Racing BC has had several meetings with Provincial Government Ministers and key staffers, discussing the importance, viability and needs of our industry.  Reviews of current documents and processes have been initiated.  We remain unwavering in our commitment to the future.

 

  • Innovative horse racing incentives, purse increases and enthusiasm for the future have drawn horses from Alberta, Ontario and as far away as Prince Edward Island to come to Cloverdale, which is the Harness Horse Racing Capital of B.C.  Full fields, successful breeding, a record-breaking Yearling & Mixed Sale, new bloodlines and special horses have contributed to what can be celebrated as a remarkable year. And a special mention goes out to the members of the Fraser Downs Horse Racing Club who have enthusiastically embraced the socializing, the sport of harness racing and the horses who make us who we are.

 

  • Improvements to the Backstretch have included substantial repairs to the perimeter fencing of the track and lots of woodwork in the barns to the stalls for the safety of the horses.  And on the frontside of Elements Casino, HRBC is proud to display a 12’ x 12’ graphic photo showcasing the racing action here on the track – as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words….

 

  • Our current meet goes through until mid-April in 2018 and our Fall Meet will now start mid-September in 2018 and run through to at least mid-April in 2019. The coming year will demonstrate more than ever that we are determined to achieve a more sustainable season and business model that makes economic sense.

 

We recognize the important value of the jobs we provide throughout the community, the province and the country; and that an expansion of those can happen through a healthy and prosperous harness horse racing industry.

 

 

Let’s welcome 2018 with a reinvigorated enthusiasm and strategic decision-making to revitalize and push our industry into a position of strength with a truly optimistic future.

 

 

Our Standardbred horses really do drive our passion as we negotiate our course for the future – so let’s Harness the Passion!

 

Carla Robin

Executive Director

 

 

 

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

 

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HARNESS RACING  - Harness the Passion with us! We have great athletes out there on the track - full fields and very competitive!