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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Twenty Questions with Emily Morgan

She is a young Information Technology (IT) whizz, known as Geek Girl. She loves  harness horses and harness racing, particularly the "social side''  and believes more young people could be attracted to harness racing by changing the image.   "I think a lot of people associate Harness Racing with New Zealand Cup day – therefore they see it as all about drinking and gambling when it’s not really either of those things. I remember the Christchurch Casino did a big marketing campaign a few years ago that really emphasised the fun, and the non-gambling offerings at the casino. I think Harness Racin...
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HRNZ chief executive explains decision to remove four meetings

A New Zealand Racing Board  report this week, outlining the 2015/2016 season race dates,  said that: ``Harness Racing NZ  has decided to consolidate in a bid to increase field sizes and improve the quality of racing. A total of four race meetings and 59 races have been removed from the 2015/16 season...'' Harness Racing New Zealand was asked to explain the decision more fully. HRNZ Chief Executive, Edward Rennell replied. ``Regarding your query concerning dates. The draft calendar provides for 4 meetings less – or 50 races less overall. It is hard to summarise the four deleted, as th...
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NZ Racing Board confirms 2015/16 calendar

Four harness meetings, 59 races removed The New Zealand Racing Board has released its 2015/16 racing calendar with a focus on delivering better value to the community and the wider racing industry. Monetising the calendar is a key strategic focus over the coming year, and the NZ Racing Board is working closely with the Greyhound, Thoroughbred and Harness Codes on further shaping the calendar to maximise the potential from race meetings. Harness Racing NZ has decided to consolidate in a bid to increase field sizes and improve the quality of racing. A total of four race meetings and 59 ...
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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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