Long term supporters of racing, Garrard’s Horse and Hound, have signed a new two-year major sponsorship deal, taking their support of Brisbane harness racing to new record heights.
The new deal will see Garrard’s sponsor major feature nights across both winter and summer carnivals, as well as the development of an exciting new initiative for mares’ races, including a monthly prizemoney bonus and a free service to champion stallion Changeover.
The Creek Chairperson Brad Steele thanked Garrard’s for their ongoing support of metropolitan harness racing.
“The Garrard’s name is synonymous with all racing codes, but their support of harness racing in particular deserves special acknowledgement,” Steele said.
He continued that the company principal and founding director, Chris Garrard OAM is arguably the most generous benefactor across-the-codes in Australia and has a soft spot for harness racing.
“Chris Garrard’s support of The Creek was acknowledged in 2020, when he was awarded life membership of the club,” Mr Steele said.
“He is also the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal and the Patron of the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club.
“Despite his close ties with the bayside circuit, Chris has always been there for our metropolitan harness racing club.
“This year is no exception, and we welcome him and his family back to Albion Park."
Chris is a third-generation horseman, a former trainer-driver and now breeder and owner.
His infinite passion for the sport has been passed down to a total of five generations, with son Daren a harness trainer and grandson Angus taking the reins as an up-and-coming award-winning driver.
“While they are an international company, Garrard’s host its roots firmly in Queensland," Steele said.
"They have always been willing to give back to the industry.
“The catchcry of the Garrard’s Group of companies is service with integrity, which is what the family has brought to harness racing year-in, year-out.
“Quite simply, harness racing at The Creek wouldn’t be where it is today without Garrard’s.”