Off The Track Series 2019

SPPHA NSW proudly presents the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series for the 2018-2019 Season

The Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track series is to promote Standardbred's as Pleasure Horses upon their retirement from their traditional role of Harness Racing. This is the first series of its kind run in New South Wales and focuses on the transition made from Harness Racing into show horse for Standardbred's.

Harness Racing New South Wales is the governing body for Harness Racing in New South Wales and are committed to the welfare of our Standardbred horses, before, during and after their racing life.  We are extremely excited to join forces with Harness Racing New South Wales for the Off Track Series to promote the breed in the broader equestrian community.

The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales are honored to have a close working relationship with Harness Racing New South Wales for numerous projects in the 2018-2019 season promoting Life After Racing, including the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series.

WHAT IS HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK SERIES:

Harness Racing New South Wales and the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of New South Wales are proud to present the Off The Track Series for all Standardbred's within New South Wales. Off The Track Series is to showcase the transformation from the Standardbred as a race horse into a ridden horse to highlight the versatility and temperament of the breed.

The series was run successfully during the 2017/2018 season, SPPHA NSW are proudly running the second season for the Off The Track Series.

There will be 14 qualifying classes on offer in New South Wales for NON SPPHA Members & SPPHA NSW members to enter to qualify for the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final at the SPPHA NSW State Championships in April 2019.

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK ELIGIBILITY

This series is open to any Standardbred registered with Harness Racing Australia or New Zealand and which was originally bred for the purpose of Harness Racing.

  • Open to allStandardbred's and must be freeze branded with Harness Racing Australia and Harness Racing New Zealand.
  • The Standardbred must be 3 years and older to enter.
  • Standardbreds must use their registered racing names, if they are unnamed they need to need to be shown as such. Alternatively,they can use their registered name with SPPHA NSW.
  • The Standardbred and exhibitor must reside in New South Wales for a minimum of 3 months before the qualifying class.
  • Once a Standardbred has been awarded Champion OR Reserve Championin a qualifying class that horse is no longer eligible to enter another qualifying class.
  • Exhibitors DO NOT need to be a member of the SPPHA NSW to compete
  • It is expected that horses who have qualified being awarded a Champion or Reserve Champion are to attend the SPPHA NSW State Championships for the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK QUALIFYING CLASSES

Current list of proposed qualifying events for the 2018/2019 season.

  • Hawkesbury Annual Ag Show- 21st April 2018 - Confirmed 
  • Dubbo Annual Ag Show- 11th-13th May 2018-Confirmed 
  • Hawkesbury Winter Show 22nd July- Confirmed- new
  • Quirindi Annual Ag Show- 8th-9th September 2018
  • Penrith Annual Ag Show- 25th-26th August 2018
  • Tamworth Annual Ag Show- 31st-1st September 2018
  • Menangle Annual Ag Show- TBC September- Confirmed 
  • Bathurst Spring Show – 29th-1st October 2018
  • Leeton Annual Ag Show 5th-6th October
  • Cootamundra Annual Ag Show- 20th October 2018
  • Luddenham Annual Ag Show- 2nd-3rd March 2019 -Confirmed 
  • Maitland Annual Ag Show – TBC March 2019
  • Cessnock Annual Ag Show- TBC February 2019-Confirmed
  • Goulburn Annual Ag Show-2nd-3rd March 2019
  • Castle Hill Annual Ag Show- TBC March 2019 -Confirmed 

More shows have been proposed for the 2018/2019 season to allow more people to qualify including NON SPPHA NSW members.

Prizes on offer at Qualifying Shows - Proudly Sponsored by Harness Racing New South Wales and Maxisoy

Champion - $50 Prize Money, Harness Racing New South Wales Champion Sash, 2x Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Reserve Champion -$20 Prize Money Harness Racing New South Wales Reserve Champion Sash and 1 x Maxisoy Feed Voucher

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK GRAND FINAL

Grand Final entry fee $50 SPPHA NSW Members & $75 NON SPPHA NSW Members

Horses must have been awarded a Champion OR Reserve Champion in one of the 14 qualifying events during the 2018/2019 season.

All 14 qualified Champions will be presented their qualified Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series Qualifying Champion rug  on the night of the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final.

All Horses that have been awarded Champion OR Reserve Champion Required to attend the Off The Track Grand Final are expected to enter the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final.

One horse one rider for the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final. E.G If an owner has qualified more then one horse, the owner must choose riders for each qualified horse. Riders do not need to qualify in the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series.

The Grand Final will consist of two sections.

Led Section

All qualified horses must enter the judging arena in order of qualification, they will be asked to walk around the ring before lining up for the individual workout.

Judges will inspect all horses in the lineup and all horses will then be asked for an individual workout, which will be at the discretion of the judges on the day.

Scoring will out of 10 in three sections. Walk, Trot and confirmation/correctness.

Ridden Section

All qualified horses will perform the set workout (which will be published two weeks prior to the Grand Final). The workout will include walk, trot and canter on both reins with both lengthen trot and canter.

Scoring will be out of 10 in three sections. Trot (including lengthen), Canter (including lengthen) and transformation into a saddle horse.

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK AWARDS

Best Presented Horse: Embroidered Rug, Sash and Feed Voucher from Maxisoy

Overall Winner of the 2018/2019 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series: $$$$ TBC Embroidered Rug, Sash, Garland, Trophy and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Runner Up of the 2018/2019 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series:  $$$ TBC, Sash, Trophy and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Third Place $$$ TBC, Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Fourth Place: $$$ TBC, Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Fifth Place: $$TBC Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Encouragement Award: Embroidered Rug, Sash TBC

All finalists that participate on the day will receive a participation sash. 

JUDGING THE HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK CLASS:

The ridden Standardbred should be judged as any normal ridden horse, as we are promoting the breed for its versatility. Transitions should be clean with minimal evidence of pacing. All horses should carry themselves in a nice outline, with a degree of rounding, not above or below the bit and not over bent through all gaits. Standardbreds are generally big moving horses therefore it is encouraged that horses show some lengthened trot in their workouts. Judging is based on the ‘Hack’ both your in hand and saddle re-education will be judged accordingly.

Competitors will be judged on the combination of horse and handler/rider. Combinations will be judged on compatibility, re-education, how well they work together, conformation (of horse) and movement. Competitors must be competent on their own. No Led riders.

The winner of the class should be the one that strikes the judge as their ideal Standardbred horse that has made a successful transition from track to pleasure horse. Any injuries, scars or blemishes that may have been sustained during racing that are not impeding the horse’s movement are generally overlooked in the Off the Track Event.

Judges decision is FINAL.

Any questions regarding the Harness Racing Off The Track Series please contact SPPHA NSW directly contacts can be found here

Our Sponsors

Thank you Harness Racing New South Wales for your support in Life After Racing and our first Off The Track Series for New South Wales.

Thank you to Maxisoy for Supporting Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series with SPPHA NSW.