Welcome to Harness BC - Fraser Downs
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS MESSAGE CORNER
August 21, 2014
HRBC is encouraging members to join the Kamloops Turf Club, there is going to be an AGM meeting on August 31st at 1:00 followed by a pig roast. For more information contact Malcom Lynn at 250-571-8762
MEETING IN THE KITCHEN FOLLOWING THE QUALIFIERS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH. MICHAEL BROWN (NEW DIRECTOR OF RACING FOR GPEB) WANTS TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF AND TALK ABOUT ANY CHANGES FOR THE UPCOMING MEET.
There will be a service for Lionel Pike on Thursday, September 28th at the Aldergrove Legion at 2:00
News from the HRBC Board of Director's meeting, August 12th
The Board members were asked to make a lot of tough decisions, change is always a tough thing to accept, the Board is trying to move forward in a few areas, marketing, horse welfare, code of conduct, etc. etc.
We did not reach our required 15 yearlings to rent the Show Barn, plans are being made to have a mixed sale in the paddock in November.
2015 Stakes Program
The Board approved to revamp the 2015 stakes program (Breeder's stakes excluded). An attempt in trying to encourage the movement and purchasing of horses in Western North America, conditions of the stakes may be dependent on Alberta opening some of their stakes program to BC horses.
3 YEAR OLD FILLIES AND 3 YEAR OLD COLTS
$10,000 guaranteed eliminations and $75,000 finals (each sex) April 2015
AGED MARES AND HORSES
$10,000 guaranteed eliminations and $50,000 finals (each sex) April 2015
2 YEAR OLD FILLIES & 2 YEAR OLD COLTS Nov 2015
$35,000 each sex, to be raced in divisions
More details to follow, all dollar values based on dollar allocations.
Broodmare Bonus Cutoff: 2015 6 years and younger
2016 5 years & younger
Broodmare purchase program:
The Standardbred industry received $25,000 from unused marketing funds, this money must be used to improve the breeding sector.
The Board approved a $25,000 budget to buy broodmares at the Harrisburg 2014 sale to be resold in BC, mares should be 10 years and younger.
After another lengthy discussion, the Board approved a program that the HRBC office will invoce the owners monthly for drives of horses finishing sixth to last. The existing dollar values will be used, the Dirver will be given a statment and it is the owners responsibility to pay the driver.
Monthly with Fraser Downs Management
HRBC representatives had an information session with Fraser Downs Management last week and here are some of the points that were discussed:
The following tasks will be completed before racing starts: 6 - 8 inches will be taken off the track, inside ditches will be dug out, access ramps to the track will be shaved down, potholes filled in and the infield grass will be mowed.
HRBC and FD will be working together to create a horse welfare document.
Upcoming dates to keep in mind:
Thursday, August 21 Qualifiers at Fraser Downs (17 races)
Tuesday, August 26 Standardbred Canada National Drivers Championship in PEI , Jim Marino representing BC
Thursday, August 28 Qualifiers at Fraser Downs
Saturday, August 30 Both tracks closed at Fraser Downs for training at 12:00
Thursday, September 4 Fraser Downs live racing at 6:00
Friday, September 5 Fraser Downs live racing at 7:00
There will be a race named for Steve Petrachuck on opening night. If any one would like to say a few words about Steve, Google Steve Petrachuck and a website for the funeral home will come up and you can post your message.
HRBC backstretch OPEN HOUSE is Saturday, September 13th. Plans are well on their way and thanks to everyone in advance for volunteering.
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.
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.