2022 O'Brien Awards: General Information


The 2022 O'Brien Awards will be live at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel. 



Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023



Nominees in each category will be released in December 2022 and the winners announced at the O'Brien Awards.



TBC - Red Carpet Feature

TBC - Awards Presentations



Black-Tie Event



A Night Among The Stars


More Information Contact

Hailey Saunders: [email protected] or 905-858-3060 ext. 243.



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'Brien Awards are hosted by Standardbred Canada.


Number of Awards

Eighteen O'Brien Awards will be given out for the 2022 racing season. Thirteen of these honour the premier horses over the past racing season including the most coveted trophy, Canada's Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year. The horse awards are divided by age, sex and gait.

In addition there are five awards for people, one each for the Keith Waples Driver of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Future Star Award, 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.

Standardbred Canada has established a committee of eight that determines the candidates for potential nominees for the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship, the Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year and the Future Star Award.