Welcome to Harness BC - Fraser Downs
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS MESSAGE CORNER
July 25, 2014
On behalf of Harness Racing BC I would like to thank Ed James and his company, S S G Gloves, for making a large donation to the Backstretch Benevolent Fund at Fraser Downs.
After the recent success of McWicked winning the Hempt Stake at Pocono, Ed called me and wanted to do something for BC racing which of course is where McWicked's Trainer, Casie Coleman, was born and raised.
Ed knew the fundraisers had done well for the recent fire in Langley so he came up with the Benevolent Fund idea which will help people from the backstretch at Fraser Downs that may be down on their luck.
Thanks, Ed, S S G Gloves and McWicked
REMINDER: Yearling deadline is July 31st for the November 27th Mixed Sale in the Show Barn, entry fee is $150, withdrawl fee $200. We must have 15 yearlings consigned for this venue or other options will be pursued.
SOCIAL MEDIA HAS STRUCK THE HRBC OFFICE, join us both on Face Book and Twitter. Both of these sources will be used to get out HRBC information to our members and friends. The old guy doing some of the posting will actually TRY and learn to post things as they are happening.
Update with regards to standardbred racing in the interior of BC.
We are still plugging along with the realities of racing in Osoyoos. Vernon had already been cancelled before the grandstand fire that took place.
The major drawback to racing in Oysoyoos, in my opinion, is the fact Osoyoos has a deep sandy Thoroughbred track and what can we do in a hour to make it Standardbred horse friendly? Any suggestions!!!
There are a lot of hurdles to cross and patience needed but an interior standardbred circuit for 2015, Hmmmmmm???
The hot topic of HRBC absorbing the drivers fees from 6th to last place continues, I will report if there are any changes.
NOW THE EXCITING NEWS!!!!
The board approved a marketing proposal put forward by Jerome Bouvier. This plan is very volunteer geared and we must all get involved to sell Standardbred racing to everyone in BC and in particular the lower mainland.
Some of the highlights include: new HRBC logo and website, branding of Standardbred racing, printed and video material to showcase Standardbred racing, social media presence, new membership opportunities, etc., etc.
There will be lots of opportunities to volunteer your services, hopefully we can also bring in friends that might have something to offer even if they are not involved in the industry. Stay tuned!!!
Nice to see a new fresh coat of paint going on in the track kitchen. We haven't heard what the future plans are but will let you know as soon as we hear something.
I have lots of updates this time as things are happening behind the scenes.
Horses that are normally coupled, should there be fewer than 7 betting interests (before uncoupling) entered in any race, except for the lowest claiming price, may race uncoupled.
30 day qualifying rule has been changed to 45 days.
Judges may allow in to go horsesto be re-entered.
2 trailers shall be permitted in overnight races
The HRBC scholarship application form is on the website, the application deadline is now AUGUST 15TH
Mixed sale is November 27th in the show barn. Yearling deadline is July 31st, entry fee $150, withdrawal fee $200. We must have 15 yearlings consigned for this venue or other options will be pursued.
6 to last position Drivers fee:
The Board approved a motion that due to financial pressures of the industry, HRBC will be withdrawing from the Driver's fee policy which pays Driver's fees from 6th to last position.
2015 Breeders Stake Purse Budget:
Until next time.....
Wall of Memory- The Board of Director's would like to update the "Wall of Memory", please let the office know the persons name and year of passing.