Owners Rep Board report 9 Nov

In no particular order I summarize as follows: Survey results still being worked on but what I have taken as the key elements from the survey are as follows: 1)  Encourage Trainers to communicate more effectively with their owners. At present communication from some trainers very poor 2)  Increase stakes especially at the grass roots level. These are the bread and butter horses that keep the industry going and these are the horses that we have to look after. 3) Owners pay all the bills now and deserve better recognition on and off the track. Various suggestions have been made for b...
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Board report from Owners Rep

At the time of writing this report all the clubs have been consulted in relation to the proposed new club based model and for those who do not know Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) are looking at amalgamating  45 clubs into 9 Super clubs. This concept is progressing well at this stage but it will take some time to implement fully and most likely we will see changes to the concept at some stage in the future. It is just a start and at least the clubs are discussing the issues amongst themselves. HRNZ had commissioned two retired accountants to look at all the clubs financial accounts up to ...
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From the President of NZTOA – A Summary from the NZHR Conference 2015

The Minister of Racing Nathan Guy made a political speech complimenting the Racing Board on its splendid performance. Glenda Hughes, the Chair of the Racing Board, outlined what the hard-working Racing Board was achieving. She didn't really go into specifics except to say the Board was doing its best to improve things. John Allen, the CEO of the Racing Board gave a very upbeat motivational address. He quoted  figures and achievements and noted that his wage was $650,000 per annum. I asked if the Board was getting more than 4% on its investments. He wasn't certain. He was asked if the ...
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Twenty Questions with Greg Crawford

Tuesday July 20, 2015 Greg Crawford has an interest in 16 harness horses through syndicates, and became hooked on harness racing in 1972 after winning some money on a bet at the Oamaru races. 1)You were appointed the Harness Racing Owners' representative on the HRNZ Board of Directors. How did that come about? 1) I was asked to stand which I consider to be a great honour and privilage. I want to the best that I  can. 2)What made you interested in becoming involved at that level? 2) Over the years I have been treasurer of many organisations.  In actual fact I am still Treasu...
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Dunn Leading the Met Multiplier

8 June 2015 Since the inception of the Met Multiplier in the 2012/13 season a total of 67 pacers or trotters have won the bonus equating to a total pay-out of over half a million dollars.  26 have won the bonus this season. Each bonus is $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owners and $2,500 to the trainer.  Leading the way with eight bonuses is prominent trainer Robert Dunn with his winners taking home an additional $60,000 on top of stakes won. His last runner to earn the bonus was the five year old mare She’s Got It who put her foot in the till on 22 May. Bruce Hutton with five comes in next ...
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Twenty questions with Sue Blake

Tuesday June 9, 2015 Talented amateur driver Sue Blake developed a love for horses as a small child. She works full time in the trust company business now but says ``driving and training horses is  the most exciting thing I do.'' 1) How long have you been an Amateur driver? I got my Amateur Novice Licence in 2009.  I had to complete 10 competent drives signed off by a Stipendary Steward, or professional driver, followed by a time trial and oral exam to obtain my Full Amateur Licence in 2010. 2) What made you interested in becoming an Amateur? I have always been interested in hor...
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Owners sold out by HRNZ

Our owners rep on HRNZ has sold us out and we are calling for his resignation immediately (not later when it suits him).  Here is the letter that Richard received a couple of days ago.  We want someone who will represent owners interests not the Breeders Assn takeover - they are funded by HRNZ and have quite a different agenda to us. To:  NZ Trotting Owners Association   Attention:  Mr Richard Brosnan      Dear Richard    I am writing to advise the New Zealand Trotting Owners Association that I will be resigning from my position as their representative on the HRNZ board at the New...
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Syndicate members having a ball

Courtesy of harnesslink media Syndicates have been around in harness racing for as long as anyone can remember with varying degrees of success or failure. One syndicate that has had a long run of success is the Central Courage syndicate which has been having a great ride for over ten years now. Their latest winner is the very smartGotta Go Cullect mare Al Raza who won her ninth race from just twenty two starts when she took out the $25,000 Southern Country Cups final on Diamonds Day atAscot Park on Sunday. Away well from the 30 metres mark for driver Tim Williams, Al Raza settled f...
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Workouts abandoned after torrential downpour

Wednedsay, January 21, 2015 by Shelley  Caldwell-Topp courtesy of The News Soaked: Trison, obscured on the inside, wins Race 10 at the Rangiora workouts (on Wednesday January 21, 2015) which was held in a torrential downpour.  Sans Le Sous (9) finished  second with Anna Laziza (7) third, and  Anika Lindenny (6) fourth. The workouts were abandoned after this race with two races to run.  The  North Canterbury Trotting Owners' Association workouts at Rangiora Raceway were abandoned today after  a torrential 10-minute downpour  flooded the track, birdcage and car park during Race 10. ...
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Omakau 50 years old and thriving

The Omakau Trotting Club celebrated 50 years of tote racing at its meeting on 2 Jan 2015.  Despite a poor forecast the day was fine and hot and a huge crowd was on course to witness some exciting racing.  The Summer Festival of racing works well for this meeting with plenty of activities for the children to do and families picnic all over the grounds in the shade of some very welcome trees. People have to be early to score a prime spot on the grass embankment under the shade sails with a great view of the track. The crowd also stretched out in the other direction past the winning post bu...
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