Standardbred Canada members and racing fans were busy and innovative in celebrating the 250th annniversary of Canadian Horse Racing and the 150th birthday of Canada during the July 1st weekend! From coast to coast, at tracks, stables and training centres, there was a ton going on to honour these special milestones.
We’d like to thank everyone who took time to add the #cdnhorseracing250 and the #canada150 hashtags to photos taken that day which automatically entered them into our photo contest.
From all of the entries that we received via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we’ve selected the following as our three contest winners!
Sam Cormier of Riverview, N.B. for his photo (and videos) taken at the races in Saint John, NB on July 1. The horse on the left is Haunto and the one on the right is Cecil’s Express. Sam refers to the pair as ‘brothers from another mother and best friends.’ “If one leaves the barn the other one is not happy and lets you know about it until they return. They even put their hay between the 2 stalls (in the hallway) and they share it. In this photo, it was time to put them both away so instead of going one behind the other the owners said let’s put them face to face. They had fun smelling each other for a bit and then Randy (Cecil’s owner) gave them both some carrots to enjoy while being put away.
Jackie McManus, of Komoka, Ont., for this great shot of Doug McNair driving 13-year old Standardbred mare, A Promise Made in a high-wheeled sulky at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 2 for a commemorative mile.
And Tony Alagna’s Stable who took a New Image photo from June 3 of Dr J Hanover after his 1:46.4 mile at Mohawk, and added some 250 branding to their shot.
Sam, Jackie and the Alagna Stable have each won a $50 gift card to the racetrack of their choice, and a fabulous swag package that includes 250 merchandise, swag from the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club and Trot Magazine.
Here's a short video featuring many of the shots submitted.