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O'Brien Awards: General Information

History
Established in 1989 to honour the absolute best in Canadian harness racing over a given year. These are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its stars. The O'Briens are hosted by Standardbred Canada.

Number of Awards
Seventeen O'Brien Awards will be given out for the 2013 racing season. Thirteen of these honour the premier horses over the past racing season including the most coveted trophy, Canada's Horse of the Year. The horse awards are divided by age, sex and gait.
 
In addition there are four awards for people, one each for Driver of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year and the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship.
The O'Brien Award of Horsemanship recognizes the Standardbred participant who best exemplifies the standard of horsemanship demonstrated by Joe O'Brien. Nominees are persons involved in more than one aspect of the industry and can be trainers, drivers, owners or breeders.
Standardbred Canada has established a committee of eight that determines the candidates for potential nominees for both the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship and the Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year.  The remaining two O'Briens are for Trainer of the Year and Driver of the Year.
 
Where
Delta Prince Edward & PEI Convention Centre
18 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8B9
Hotel Rooms - SOLD OUT except for the night of Feb. 8 (limited number of rooms available)
 
Additional Partner Hotels
The Rodd Charlottetown
75 Kent St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4
Reservations 1-800-565-7633
Standard Room $99
 
Holman Grand
123 Grafton St., Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7M4
$119
Reservations - 1-877-455-4726 (ask for O'Brien rate)
 
 
Best Western Charlottetown
238 Grafton St., Charlottetown, PE  C1A 1L5
$109 (includes free hot breakfast, free parking and free Wi fi)
Reservations -902-892-2461 (ask for O'Brien rate)

When
February 8, 2014

Nominees
Nominees in each category will be released in December, 2013 and the winners announced at the O'Brien Awards.

Time
6:00 p.m.  Cocktail reception - Harbourview Room
7:00 p.m.  Dinner & Awards Presentation - Palmer Pope Ballroom

Dress
Black Tie

Tickets
$125 per person which includes HST.
(Visa & Mastercard Accepted)
May be obtained by calling the Industry Marketing Department at Standardbred Canada at 905-858-3060
Fax: 905-858-3089.
Tables of 8 or 10 are available but must be reserved at least one week prior.

Standardbred Canada AGM - Saturday, February 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Delta Prince Edward & PEI Convention Centre - Coles Room
18 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8B9                                                                                 
 

More Information
Kathy Wade Vlaar: kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca


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