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All stakeholders are invited to attend a harness racing industry meeting to facilitate a letter of reply to the government's "Tracking Forward Sustainability To be held at Albion Park Raceway tonight, December 14 at 7.00pm
Please note that HRA are offering a $50 rebate for the purchase of a new helmet and surrender of an old one. This is limited to 400 rebates so can you please ensure that your members are aware.
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Harness Racing Australia
Monday 14 September 7.00pm
Meeting Agenda attached
Please submit items to be tabled by 13 September email@example.com
The family of the late Tony Price wish to thank
everyone who attended Monday’s funeral
We especially wish to acknowledge those people who travelled long
distances, and those folk who made the trip from interstate.
Dear Industry Leader,
We are pleased to announce that the Hendra virus vaccine, Equivac® HeV, has received registration from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Please see below a letter from Lance Williams, General Manager for Zoetis Australia and New Zealand, regarding this positive announcement.
Harness Races Highly Anticipated Attraction as Picnic Race Day Draws Near
This year’s dual Harness-Thoroughbred meet at the Deagon Community Picnic Race Day (Sunday 13th September) is expected to attract a capacity crowd of around 7,000 people for one of Moreton Bay’s most loved race days.
Redcliffe Harness Racing Club President Kerry Erbert said;
“The trial of the combined Harness-Thoroughbred picnic race meet at The Deagon Track this year will offer something different to the punters than what they have seen in the last couple of years’.
FORMAL MEDIA RELEASE TO FOLLOW
Following the close of David Fowler's presidency with BOTRA, discussions with the executive committee decided there was a need to appoint an Interim president to represent BOTRA at the consultation meetings with Racing Queensland (meetings are for the Presidents and Chairman only).
An interim president has been selected and while whispers are out as to their identity, a formal announcement is yet to be made.
BOTRA's "Girls In Pink" fundraising promotion during the Winter Carnival at Albion Park and follow up "Bid for Blackie" auction at Redcliffe HRC ended up raising a total of $12,036 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Barb Barry snatched up the Blacks A Fake wall hanging donated by Dan Costello for a generous sum that broke through the reserve and contributed to the promotion's success.
BLACKIE WALL HANGING AUCTION re-scheduled for Redcliffe Meeting (SAT 1 AUG).
Graciously supplied by Dan Costello to assist BOTRA's Girls In Pink Fundraising Campain for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Click through to full story for complete details.
To all industry participants and interested parties
We have convened a special BOTRA meeting to discuss the importance of uniting the industry and working side by side to ensure the future of Queensland Harness Racing.
Meeting to be held next Monday Night June15 - 7.30pm - at Albion Park
Fancy a trip to the country tomorrow to support a good cause. Even if you are a "died in the wool" trot fiend, one gallops meeting will do you no harm...
Pepper Tree Farm is pleased to join forces with Queensland BOTRA to further embrace opportunities for member breeders.
2015/16 SEASON - AUSTRALIAN SERVICE FEE PRICES
PAYABLE MARCH 31ST 2016
HARNESS BREEDERS / BOTRA MEMBERS PRICE
ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN
ROLL WITH JOE
Prices inclusive of GST.
Terms & Conditions Apply
We are seeking details of stabling availability for interstate visitors during the winter carnival. A form is attached to fill in or Mandy has forms at Albion Park acceptance office.
We have reported industry concerns following unsatisfactory medical attention in regard to the race fall at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. This is currently being investigated and will be updated at the meeting on Monday night.
"MARBURG REPORT" SUNDAY 05/04/2015..
How things can change. With 34 mils of rain in Marburg overnight, the big Sunday Fun Day trot meeting looked like being a first class flopperoo. However, after a first class session of track profiling by former Marburg President and Albion Park track curator, Ronnie Knack on Saturday afternoon, the overnight downpour went harmlessly to the drainage channels...
The finals for Racing Queensland’s Girls on Track series are being held this week and promise plenty of excitement among some of Queensland’s top female jockeys, drivers and trainers (media release attached).
The Darling Downs Harness Racing Club and the RASQ (Toowoomba Show Society) were pleased to announce that Show Trotting returned to this year's Toowoomba Royal Show in March.
Follow the Darling Downs Harness Racing Club on Facebook:
With the change of government and the many issues at RQ we have insuffient information and correspondence confirmed for discussion this tonight, the meeting is put back a week.
The March meeting will be held on Monday March 9 at 7.00pm at Albion Park
This week we lost yet another valuable spoke in the wheel of Queensland trotting with the passing of Paul Bolack after a long battle with serious illness. The former principal of Bolack Publications was a low profile superstar in sponsorship, putting his money and services into Clubs and races with the focus squarely on the battling end of game....
Queensland's new Racing Minister is a member of the Rockhampton Jockey Club...
THIS SUNDAY AT ALBION PARK FROM 11AM
Harness breeding scheme receives cash boost
Racing Queensland’s QBRED incentive scheme has cemented its place among Australia’s best with registered horses racing for an additional $330,000 per year in bonuses from next season as part of a host of improvements announced today.
BOTRA meets Monday night, February 2nd 2015.
RQ Management and QHRB Board invited.
@ Albion Park.
An Introduction From The CEO - HRV
Happy New Year to everyone in the industry. The new year has started well with outstanding racing and excellent crowds.
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$80,000 FEATURE RACE
Find your next champion at the 2015 Brisbane APG yearling sales!
Once again all yearlings offered at the Brisbane Sales are eligible for a 2 year old $80,000 feature race, sponsored by APHRC & RQ.
Only horses that have gone through the Brisbane APG sales ring are eligible for this feature race. The race will be a combined sex race with random barrier draw and held at Albion Park.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BREED
BOTRA Qld is proud to extend this great opportunity
Brylin Boyz standing at Burwood Stud
Usually priced at $1650
Camlach standing at Monarch Farm
Usually priced at $1100
Great value at $500 each
Contact Margaret Reynolds 0412 570 541
BOTRA is collecting signatures to petition RQ at its February Board meeting to rethink allocation of $100,000 prize money and the combining of a 2 & 3 year old feature to be renamed the Nursery Fly.
The attached petition can be printed off and circulated for signature accrual and returned asap to BOTRA at PO Box 669 ALBION DC 4010.
HARNESS RACING INDUSTRY MEETING
Monday December 1 2014
Albion Park 7.00 pm
Dear Horse Industry Participant.
As you may be aware, the AHIC is keen to obtain more information about our industry to help provide some raw data which can be used in lobbying. We have a new on line survey which we would appreciate if you could help distribute amongst your members and networks.
Farmers, landowners and community members are invited to comment on new biosecurity regulations to protect the agricultural sector and our environment.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the regulations would underpin the new Biosecurity Act 2014 passed by Parliament earlier this year.
“The legislation serves to safeguard not only agricultural businesses, but also the environment and our Queensland lifestyle,” Mr McVeigh said...
Star pacer Avonnova has started one of the biggest weeks of his career on a high by claiming the Queensland Horse of the Year title at the Racing Queensland Harness Awards at the Hilton in Brisbane tonight.
Click through to the full media release for a recap of all the awards.
PEPPER TREE FARM
* He sired both filly & colt winners of the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals
* He is leading 2YO Sire in the USA
* He was Australia's leading First Season Sire for 2013/14 Season
* He sired the most amount of individual 2YO winners in Australia
* He sired the Harness Breeders Victoria 2YO Filly Of The Year
* He sired the fastest 2YO filly in Australia...
BOTRA Meeting Reminder
This Monday Night 13th Albion Park at 7.00pm
Invited Guest Speakers: David Aldred and David Farquharson
Key Topics for discussion:
Race day trials programming
We need your feedback as we have concerns for the wellbeing of the horses and licensees especially on a Tuesday. Most trainers have said the new system is unsuitable.
20% off 'On Farm' Stallions for BOTRA members.
We’re happy to offer 20% discount for QLD BOTRA members for the following stallions:
Pepper Tree Farm is pleased to join forces with Queensland BOTRA to further embrace opportunities for member breeders.
Our stallion line up includes Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Always A Virgin and Roll With Joe.
There has never been a better time to buy or breed a QBred
Harness racing benefactor Kevin Seymour has boosted the breeding ranks with gifted service fees for Mr Feelgood plus he is in negotiations to bring a new stallion to stand at Goldrush lodge next season.
BOTRA has negotiated discounts for members looking to breed this season.
Currently we have Monarch Farm Nevele R stud and Pepper Tree Farm offering members discounts.
The AFTER team have been supporters of BOTRA and harness racing events for many years, so we felt it was time to return that support with a sponsorship for the Harness events at the AFTER Hack Championship held at the Laidley showgrounds.
The 2014 Racing Queensland Harness Awards will recognise the outstanding achievements from the 2013/2014 harness racing season.
The 2014 celebration will be held on the evening of Sunday 19th October, 2014 at the 5-star Hilton Hotel Brisbane.
The Trotters are coming to Marburg Saturday 8 November for a fast and furious race day.
Click through to the event brochure for full details.
Click through to the full guide.
With spring well on the way, Marburg trots is the place to be today. The trials portion of the program will kick off at 11.00am and the five race card at approximately 12.30pm. The mini trotters will add to the spectacle as the six to sixteen year olds do battle in preparation for a later career on the race track...
Please find attached the catalogue for the 2014 Queensland Standardbred Hack Championships being hosted by Association for Trotters Exiting Racing Inc at Laidley Show Grounds on the weekend of 27 & 28 September 2014.
We have run with 12 horse fields in "Mile" (1660 metre) races at Albion Park for several seasons now, the ruling premise being "the more runners, the more turnover". Having found that this theory perhaps failed to stack up in practice, and also that a diminished horse pool could not guarantee a full field on every occasion, the Queensland Harness Racing Board were ready to listen to further opinion from trainers that a third factor cast doubts on the suitability of the 12 horse format. It was argued that, given the short duration of the 1660m event, barrier positions had become far too important, and horses with "unfavourable" alleys were being denied an even winning chance....
BOTRA Monthly Meeting:
The meeting scheduled for Monday 1 September has been transferred to Monday 8 September at 7.30 in the Albion Park meeting room.
Plus more on previous meeting follow ups, Members draw announcement, the Warwick Trots, Young Guns and our Harness Awards Night.
To all - Harness Stakeholders you are invited to submit your ideas on any of the following topics for discussion
- QBred Structure
- Prizemoney -Handicapping -Programming
- Wagering - Customer Service
THE Darling Downs Harness Racing Club
(DDHRC) is pleased to announce that it has gained approval to conduct
a five event Harness Racing program at Allman Park, Warwick on Sunday
afternoon, Father's Day, September 7th.
There will be no love lost between Queensland’s top young harness drivers and their New South Wales counterparts when they go head to head in the inaugural Young Drivers State of Origin Series later this month.
Ekka update, Deagon Trots Day, next BOTRA meeting and more...
A trial was conducted Sunday morning in preparation for the return of EKKA racing (photos attached to bring back great memories) The trial was limited to four runners with late scratchings because of the 21 day embargo period from Hendra vaccination...
Notice from Kevin Seymour on his retirement from Harness Racing Administration.
A response from the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP to Robert Lutherborrow of the Australian Standardbred Breeders Association can be found in the Members Only section under 'Members Letters'.
Financial members who have not yet retrieved their exclusive login details can do so by contacting Margaret Reynolds.
Redcliffe Harness Racing Club's Redi Roundup Newsletter for July.
Darren Ebert & Co Auctioneers and Agents present
Next BOTRA meeting is 7:30pm August 4th at Albion Park.
Take the chance to meet our new Racing Manager, David Aldred, along with other special guests, Greg Mitchell and Darren Condon
Please note Tattsbet $500 credit account members draw has been extended to the August 4 Industry meeting.
You now have another opportunity to go in the draw so get your membership paid up great odds for a $20 outlay.
04 July, 2014
The stage is set for a blockbuster opening to the Queensland Winter Trotting Carnival as champion pacer Im Themightyquinn makes his Albion Park debut on Saturday night in one of the strongest Sunshine Sprint fields in recent memory.
BOTRA members draw for a $500 Tattsbet account will be drawn on Monday night July 7 at the conclusion of the BOTRA industry meeting at Albion Park.
You still have a chance to go in the draw we will accept payments on the night prior to the start of the meeting. We also will collect forms from Albion Park raceday office on Monday.
Membership is $20 for a family or single residing at the same address. Form available online, at A/P racing office or in the June Pace magazine .
"TROT TACTICS".. 28/06/2014..
Recent performances indicate that there just might be a another young harness talent on the rise. Almost 19 years old, Nathan Dawson is beginning to make his mark...
Landmark deal secures racing future in Queensland for 30 years
Racing participants in Queensland will reap the rewards of a multi-billion dollar, 30 year wagering agreement struck between the State Government, Racing Queensland and Tatts Group this morning.
All horses competing at the EKKA must be Hendra Virus vaccinated, if not already done act now to avoid disappointment time is running out. Contact Darren Garrard or your vet.
NEXT BOTRA MEETING - MONDAY 7 JULY. ALBION PARK. 7.30PM SHARP.
Queensland Grass Trotting Series heads to Deagon on August 3
Deagon Racecourse will host the first stand-alone TAB grass trotting meeting in Queensland for many years on August 3 in what is set to be a huge community day at Racecourse Rd.
Current confirmed Hendra virus cases
Flying-Fox Species Density – A Spatial Risk Factor for Hendra Virus Infection in Horses in Eastern Australia,
by the QCEID team and published in PLOS One.
Well folks, we can report that the Marburg Charity Race day was a big success. Wet weather did not help, but there was a fair sprinkling of new faces among the crowd...
Newsflash : Here's some quick updates on what's happening in Queensland Harness Racing.
Harness racing returns to the Ekka, Im Themightyquinn arrives in Qld, Young Guns of Qld, State of Origin Young Drivers Series, Mini Trots in the Sunday Mail and more.
A quiet tail to the financial year in BOTRA news, June could be considered the calm before the storm as Harness Racing prepares to go off with a bang in July.
Just keep that black book open for next Saturday June 14th. Marburg offers the best of cruisy packages as an alternative to the hype and glitz of the Ipswich Cup. Start the morning with a visit to Poets In The Park. Have breakfast with the tellers of tales and the weavers of fantasies. Food for the body and sustenance for the soul.
Welcome to the first edition of The Horse’s Mouth, a new bi-monthly eNewsletter that brings you the latest news relevant to the equine industry. From biosecurity policy to vaccination updates, find out what’s making news from The Horse’s Mouth.
As an outcome of last night's BOTRA meeting, a letter of concern was submitted to Racing Queensland.
This letter and futher meeting outcomes can be viewed by BOTRA financial members in the exclusive section of Harness Portal.
To access your member log in details, contact Marg Reynolds.
"TROT TACTICS".. 31/05/2014..
Sadly, death is with us again, with two ladies, wives of trainers, leaving us this week. Firstly, Paula, wife of Marburg identity Ken Burwell, who lost a battle with severe illness and was cremated on Thursday at Laidley.
KEEPING PACE with B.O.T.R.A
BOTRA’S management committee has a strong team containing a blend of many different skills, abilities and industry knowledge, who is committed as the industry lead group to work collaboratively with the QHRB and all other regulatory authorities for the benefit of the total industry at all times. BOTRA monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month –at Albion Park Paceway at 7.30pm...
Congratulations go to Danielle McMullen on a nail biting victory in the BOTRA Young Drivers Championship Series.
Here's a recap of how it unfolded...
New this week:
- Exclusive Member Letter to owners and trainers from KWS regarding Gold Coast Harness Racing
- A new "Education" tab which will accumulate various links for your own reference. This has been kicked off with extensive research provided by Horses & People.
- A link through to the Qld Mini Trotting Sporting Association Facebook page to view some great pictures from the Gympie Show weekend.
Coming Soon : The Portal Gallery - A collective image gallery supplied by industry participants.
To access your member log in details, contact Marg Reynolds.
Racing Queensland announces appointments of Harness Racing Deputy Chief Stipendiary Stewards
When the trotting bug bites, the resulting infection can usually be considered permanent. It may go into remission but usually surfaces somewhere down the track. Such is the case with new arrivals in the Ipswich footprint, ex West Australians, Alan Johnson and his wife of many years, Darcel Lindau-Johnson...
The wheels of light harness turn with the passage of time, and things which were unheard of 50 years ago are now commonplace. In this writer's youth, there were probably only two stables in New South Wales which boasted horse numbers in excess of 20, these being A D (Tony) Turnbull at Bathurst with possibly 40 plus, and J C (Jimmy) Caffyn at Granville who hit 64 at one stage. Both were Premiership winning trainer/ drivers, with Caffyn always in contention at Harold Park, while Turnbull was vitually unbeatable in the Western Districts of NSW.
Qld trainers might find this of interest.
Leading thoroughbred trainer Rob Heathcote was the Guest Speaker at April's BOTRA meeting.
Rob shared a very informative insight into the preparation and management of syndicates of which he is very successful with.
The Key Word is Communication .Keep your owners informed.
We thank Rob for sharing how he communicates with his many owners through the internet, the session was very enjoyable and the feedback from the night has been very rewarding...
Change our timeslot and we lose the plot as well. So it seemed when this writer totally overlooked the local content in the impressive win of Its Three By Two in the Jim McNeil Memorial Trot...