Off The Track Series

SPPHA NSW proudly presents the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 season promoting Life After Racing, the first event kicking off will be 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 has been successfully running for the past few years in the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Associations across the country and NSW are proud to be apart of this series with Harness Racing New South Wales.

There will be 9 qualifying classes on offer in New South Wales for the 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 March 2018 held at Tamworth.

 


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 all Standardbred’s and must be freeze branded  with Harness Racing Australia, Harness Racing New Zealand or United States Trotting Association.
  • 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 Champion in a qualifying class that horse is no longer eligible to enter another qualifying class.
  • All Exhibitors must be a current financial member of SPPHA NSW at time of competing in the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Qualifying Class.
  • To verify final entrants eligibility all entries must include a print out from Harness Racing Australia website: http://www.harness.org.au/index.cfm?p=f&id=/ausbreed/reports/hraonline.htm
 

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK SERIES QUALIFYING CLASSES:

  • Judging is ridden workout. Workouts will be at the discretion of the judge.
  • Champion and Reserve Champion  – no other placing’s.
  • All Champion and Reserve Champion winners automatically qualify for the Final at the end of the series within NSW.
  • All Champion winners and Reserve Champion winners from a qualifying class can no longer compete in any further Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Qualifying Classes . This gives more opportunity to other competitors to qualify.
  • Entry fees for Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Qualifying Shows to be paid on the day of the show and will be determined by the Nominated Agricultural Show Society (usually the same entry fee cost for regular Standardbred Classes held at that show).

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

Champion – $150, Harness Racing New South Wales Sash, Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Embroidered Qualifying Champion Rug and 2 Maxisoy Feed Vouchers

Reserve Champion – $50, Harness Racing New South Wales Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher


 

WHEN IS THE FIRST QUALIFYING CLASS:

The first qualifying class will be held at Hawkesbury Annual Ag Show on Saturday 6th May 2017, this is the first show for the SPPHA NSW 2017-2018 season. This will be the first of the 9 qualifying classes on offer in New South Wales.

 

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES QUALIFYING SHOWS:

Current list of Harness Racing Off The Track Series Qualifying Shows. (Subject to change and TBC)

6th May: Hawkesbury Annual Ag Show – Confirmed

28th May: Dubbo Annual Ag Show- Confirmed

19th August: Quirindi Annual Ag Show- Confirmed 

27th August: Penrith Annual Ag Show- Confirmed 

24th September: Menangle Annual Ag Show – Confirmed 

21st October: Cootamundra Annual Ag Show- Confirmed

17th February: Luddenham Annual Ag Show

24th February: Cessnock Annual Ag Show

3rd March: Goulburn Annual Ag Show

 

 


HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK SERIES GRAND FINAL:  

Final entry fee of $50 Applies.

Combinations must have won Champion or Reserve Champion in at least one of the 9 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series qualifying rounds conducted during the 2017/18 show season.

Substitution of riders is prohibited. If a competitor has qualified two or more horses in the series, they are permitted to compete with those combinations as qualified.

The Grand final consists of four sections.

Section 1 – Introduction

All horses will be led onto the arena at the walk in the order of qualification and will be asked to walk and trot on the perimeter of the arena on both reins in front of the judges.

Section 2 – Led Workout – Conformation and Correctness.

Each horse will line up in the arena. Judges will then inspect the conformation of each horse standing. Horses will be asked to walk and then trot away from the judges and back to the line up. Set workout for led work – at the discretion of the judges.

Section 3 – Ridden Workout.

Each horse will come in and perform a set workout. Workout will be published at a later date on the SPPHA NSW website & Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Groupd of NSW Facebook group.  Workout will include walk, trot and canter on both reins with some lengthened trot. Horses will be judged in individual sections and awarded points which will be combined with Led Section Points to determine Top 5 place getters.

Section 4 – Finale.

All horses will enter the arena at the walk in the order of qualification and will be asked to walk, trot and canter on the perimeter of the arena on both reins in front of the judges.

The judges will then individually rank the horses and a points system will be used to find the overall Top 5 and Best Presented Combination.

Attire: Hacking Attire for both led and ridden sections.

 

HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK GRAND FINAL AWARDS:

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

Over all Winner of the 2017/2018 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series: $500, Embroidered Rug, Sash, Garland, Trophy and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Runner Up of the 2017/2018 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series:  $200, Sash, Trophy and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Second Runner up: $150, Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Fourth Place: $100, Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

Fifth Place: $50 Sash and Maxisoy Feed Voucher

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

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.