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Owning a Harness Racing Horse

OWNERSHIP! BE PART OF IT

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NEW! Ownership Calculator

Estimate the cost of harness horse ownership for the first year, depending on the size of your share, with our new Ownership Calculator below. Click on 'Harness' to get started.

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Scoping is a veterinary procedure that needs to be done on all racehorses following purchase. Scoping involves the insertion of a flexible endoscope with a camera attached, through one nostril of the horse to the back of its throat. This technique allows a visual examination of the structure and function of the back of the throat while the horse is breathing and swallowing.

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Owning a harness racing horse in Queensland gives you the opportunity to escalate the excitement of being at the track to the next level! Be part of the action as you take the thrilling journey, alongside family and friends, with your very own racehorse.

In addition to being personally involved in this exciting sport, you will meet others who share your love of harness racing. You will gain first-hand industry knowledge and insights from your trainer and driver, plus build valuable friendships and rivalries with co-owners.

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In the 2019/20 Queensland racing season there will be over $19 million in prizemoney on offer across 280 race meetings primarily at Albion Park every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, Redcliffe every Wednesday and Thursday and Marburg on a monthly basis, which means plenty of chances to win!  The feature races in Qld include:

  • $250,000 Blacks A Fake
  • $100,000 Sunshine Sprint
  • $100,000 Qld Oaks
  • $100,000 Qld Derby
  • $100,000 QBRED TRIADs
  • $100,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final
  • $100,000 Brisbane APG Yearling Sale Final
  • $50,000 Qld Trotters Cup
  • $50,000 Qld Cup

Queensland also boasts Australia's best state-bred incentive scheme - QBRED. The QBRED scheme is aimed at providing owners and breeders with enduring benefits and the confidence to breed QBRED.  A key component of the QBRED for life scheme is enabling horses to win their bonuses at any age meaning less pressure to breed a horse early in the season, less pressure on horses having to win their bonus by the end of a season and ensuring horses that mature later in life maintain the opportunity to win these lucrative bonuses for their connections. Read more about QBRED

There are many ways to become involved in harness racing ownership:

Sole Owner

If you are the Sole owner you are entitled to the entire prize, including name the horse, collecting the trophy getting all the accolades after a win! You are also responsible  for the expenses associated with the horse, i.e. Training fees, transport, farrier and veterinary.

Part Owner

A part-owners has the same privileges as a sole owner however you get to share with costs. Why not enjoy the moment with a close friend or family member

Syndication member

Buying a share in a Syndicate horse can be a cost effective ways to buy a slice of a racehorse, shares can start for as little at $10 a week! Syndicates are made up of 11 to 20 members with a maximum of 20 shares in total. its a great way to meet new people and enjoy all aspects of racing.

Lease

Leasing a horse can reduce your buy in costs and can be a cost effective way to get started. A lease will run over a set time period and generally the leasing owners will receive a cut of the prize money.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN OWNERSHIP CONTACT:

BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers, Reinspersons Association)

botraqueensland@gmail.com

AUSTRALIAN PACING GOLD (APG)

www.apgold.com.au/

TRAINERS

Trainers Directory

CLUBS

Albion Park Harness Racing Club

Redcliffe Peninsula Harness Racing Club

Marburg Harness Racing Club

RACEDAY PHOTOGRAPHY

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LIFE AFTER RACING

SAQ-show-horse.jpgAn important part of owning a racing animal is to plan for their life after retirement from racing.

Standardbreds are known as kind, willing and versatile horses that can excel in many disciplines outside their traditional role of harness racing. Standardbreds have successfully transitioned into both Pleasure and Performance horses once they are finished on the track.

Read more about life after racing, rehoming and the QRIC Equine Welfare Program HERE.

The Standardbred Association Queensland (SAQ) aims to increase the demand for retired Standardbred racehorses as pleasure and performance horses and this is being done through the SAQ Standardbred Horse Adoption Program. The SAQ also runs and sponsors many shows, events and clinics; shares the success stories and actively promotes the attributes of the breed. SAQ is actively educating the community about the various life beyond racing options, the versatility of use, and the appropriate care and retraining of Standardbred racehorses. Read more about SAQ

Racing Queensland is proud to sponsor the Track to Hack Series. Read the report and view photos from the 2019 Track to Hack series HERE

Photo courtesy of: Standardbred Association of QLD - SAQ Facebook page

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