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Fan Club Honours MacDonald

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club recognized trainer/driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, Ont. as the Fan Club’s 2016 Ambassador of the Year in a winner's circle presentation at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (April 22).

Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada, made the Ambassador of the Year presentation to MacDonald following the second race on Saturday.

The Fan Club ambassador is an individual within the industry who has made a significant contribution to the sport and inspires other to get involved. MacDonald is founder of the award-winning fractional ownership program The Stable. The program simplifies buying and owning a horse with the ultimate goal of helping to promote horse ownership and harness racing. With more than 241 owners spread over three continents and six countries, The Stable is easily one of the fastest growing ventures in North American horse racing.

In addition to The Stable, MacDonald is also known as a prominent and successful harness racing trainer and driver with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Since 2010, he has twice placed among the top 10 drivers in Canada for purse earnings. He has been a regular blogger for Standardbred Canada’s website and was recently honoured by the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association with its 2016 Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award. MacDonald continues to generate awareness and interest in the sport and dedicate his free time to ensure that harness racing succeeds across the country.

Standardbred Canada, the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club and Mohawk Racetrack would like to congratulate MacDonald on being named the Fan Club’s 2016 Ambassador of the Year!


Lee Wins Spring Survivor Contest

Congratulations to Brent Lee of Edmonton, Alta. who is the winner of the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s Spring Survivor Online Handicapping Contest. Lee was one of two entrants who survived all ten contest races and was deemed the winner from a blind draw.

The contest featured select races at five different racetracks across the country on Saturday, April 22. The contest challenged fans to select a horse that would finish in the top three for each of the chosen contest races to stay alive and advance to the next race.

Brent has been involved with racing since the 70’s, has dabbled in training as a hobby horseman, and now currently owns two-year-old filly Duannes Horizon in the Brandon Campbell Stable.

Congratulations to Brent who has won a $50 gift certificate to the Canadian harness racetrack of his choice and a Fan Club swag package.

Click Here to view the contest answers and Brent’s selections.


Girouard Wins April Zoom Contest!

Congratulations to Tania Girouard of Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec, on winning the first Zoom Challenge of the year. The April theme was ‘Spring Fever’ with members asked to send us shots that showcased horses in spring and the many things that go along with it!

Tania’s winning shot is of 13-year-old retired mare Da Dimitria having a blast in the mud. “She has always loved mud parties and water! It was perfect timing for me and my camera on that hot spring day,” Tania explained.

Girouard, who is married to Quebec-based trainer and blacksmith Eric Valiquette, is also a passionate owner who enjoys riding her Standardbreds under saddle. She has been photographing animals for the past six years with horses being her specialty and favourite subject.

“The most beautiful breed of horse to my eyes and heart are Standardbreds!”

Tania and Eric currently have four Standardbreds at their farm along with a pony named Surprise for their kids and one of their mares is expecting a foal in the next few days.

Tania has won a $50 Fan Club prize package. Congrats! And thank you to our other finalists:

  • Madonna Morrison of Charlottetown, PEI for her photo taken at Meridian Farms.

  • Davandra Cribbie of Port Hope, Ont., for her photo of four day old foal by Angus Hall and out of the mare Win By Chin.

  • Ashley Bochenek of Waterdown, Ont., for her photo of maiden broodmare, Sportsnsnorts, enjoying the calm after the storm.

  • Jackie McManus of Komoka, Ont., for her photo of some horses with ‘Spring Fever’ standing around and watching others work. Jake Parrish (top left), Royal Coverup (top right) Country Baran (training) and Jared Bako (driving).

May Zoom Theme Is Mares & Foals!

May’s Zoom Challenge theme is Mares & Foals. What better way to celebrate the month of May and Mother’s Day then fawning over photos of mares with their new baby foals!

We’re looking for photos of mares and foals and the things they have been getting up to together. Either taking their first steps, frolicking in the pasture or enjoying the sunshine!

If you don’t own a horse, or live at a farm, you could take your camera to one of the three Mother’s Day Open Houses on Sunday, May 14. High Stakes Farm in Moffat, Mac Lilley Farms in Dutton, and Seelster Farms in Lucan, Ont., will be opening their farms to showcase their mares, foals, stallions and facilities.

So, get out there and start snappin’ mares with their foals! Please send your photo submissions to The deadline to submit photos is Thursday May 25 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

The winner for this month will receive a great Fan Club Swag Prize package ($50 value). Once the challenge concludes the six monthly winners will be eligible to win a grand prize which will include a $50 gift card to the racetrack of their choice, an enlargement of their winning photo framed or plaque-mounted.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Open to Fan Club members only. Not a member? Join HERE for free! (IMPORTANT: photo submissions entered by non fan club members will NOT be considered for the contest)

  • Only amateur photographers may enter this contest.

  • Photos should be taken during the contest period.

  • Photos must be a minimum 150 dpi, however 300 dpi is preferred.

  • Photos may not appear to be digitally altered.

  • Upon submission, you are releasing your photographs to Standardbred Canada and we reserve the right to publish them on our website, Facebook page, Pinterest Page & in print if we so choose (due credit will be given)


 Meet Our May Calendar Photographer: Sharon Harbaruk

Sharon Harbaruk of St. Thomas, Ont., captured this image of a group of curious mares and foals at Mac Lilley Farms in Dutton, Ont., and it’s featured as the May photo in the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s Heart of Harness Racing Calendar.

Sharon is a member and the secretary of the St. Thomas Photo Guild who were invited to Mac Lilley Farms for a photo shoot.

“What a thrill to be able to photograph these magnificent mares, foals and colts. We hated to leave! The gracious owners of the farm also harnessed one of their horses and put them through their paces for us...again a thrill to be that close to the action. We will be visiting the Mac Lilley Farms in May again this year and I can't wait!”

In 1997, Sharon was able to find time to focus on her photography after working for a financial institution for 23 years and then spending 10 years doing volunteer work at Animal Aid of St. Thomas. She has since showed her work at an art show in Texas and was honoured to receive several People’s Choice Awards.

She also received a Judge’s Choice award at a show in St. Thomas last November, and now displays her work at Portside Gallery in Port Stanley, Ont.

“I am out with my camera as often as possible and am learning more every day. Horses have always been a love for me. I was able to ride horses as a child on the family farm and although I was not able to follow that love, it has never left me. I also was able to ride Tennessee Walking Horses while spending winters in South Georgia. I have watched harness racing in London, Ont., and find it very fascinating.

“Taking the picture chosen for the calendar was one of many that were taken that morning,” Sharon explained. Working on composition and lighting capturing a moment/mood is the key to any good photograph. It is always a thrill to watch their grace and beauty and to capture it is a blessing. I was shocked and very honoured to have one of my photos accepted for the 2017 calendar.“


 2017 Calendar Photographers

January Calendar Photographer - Trish Dooling

February Calendar Photographer - Evelyn Sabraw

March Calendar Photographer - Kyle Burton

April Calendar Photography - Mary Leeson







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