Harness Racing NSW off the Track Series 2019/2020
SPPHA NSW proudly presents the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series for the 2019-2020 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 will be the Third Series run in New South Wales and focuses on the transition made from Harness Racing into show horse for Standardbreds.
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 continue promoting this series with Harness Racing New South Wales promoting 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 since 2016 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 in Australia. 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 and 2018/2019 seasons and this will be the third season.
There will be 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 Saturday Night 21st March 2020.
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 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.
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.
Exhibitors DO NOT need to be a member of the SPPHA NSW to compete
Entrants that Horse wins Champion or Reserve Champion at one of our Series Qualifiers are expected to participate at the SPPHA NSW State Championships for the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final Saturday Night 21st March 2020 at Paceway Tamworth . DO NOT ENTER IF YOU DON'T INTEND TO COMPETE AT THE FINAL IN 2020.
Each Champion Qualifier will be awarded a rug ONLY at the Final and rugs will be ordered on receipt of entry fee.
It is the Horse that qualifies not the rider. If the horse is sold during the series the new owner should be informed that the horse has qualified by the previous owner.
Prize money for all the qualifiers will be paid at the Final to those who attend. No prize money will be paid if your not present at the final.
If the qualified horse is injured then a vet certificate will be required to forfeit the horses attendance at the final.
HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK QUALIFYING CLASSES
Current list of proposed qualifying events for the 2019/2020 season. More to be added North and South.
Hawkesbury Show 10th - 11th May 2019 - CHAMPION Kayleigh Manson and Hugo RESERVE Camii Duran and Fairways
Dubbo Show 24th - 26th May 2019 CHAMPION Rozzie Bourke and Royal Termite RESERVE Shanna Hampton and Tyson
Pinto NSW Winter Woolies 14th July 2019 CHAMPION Alisha Jay and Miyabomba RESERVE Katrina Ridley and Sir Daniel
Penrith Show 24th - 25th August 2019- CHAMPION Sarah Solomona and Diamond Park River
Menangle Show 6th October 2019 - CHAMPION Paula Sapio and Forty Seven Dreams RESERVE Sarah Steele and Royal Remmington
Cowra Show 18th - 19th October -CHAMPION Shanna Hampton and LittleMissPossy and RESERVE Rozzie Bourke and Omnia Paratus
Cootamundra Show 19th October 2019 CHAMPION Brooke Meir and Feel The Demon
Lismore Show 22nd - 24th October 2019- CHAMPION Qualifier Jemma Green and De Rosa Park Diva and RESERVE Jenny Holloway & Mr Darcy
Blacktown Show 1st December 2019- CHAMPION Qualifier Belinda Robertson & Diamond Park Khaleesi - RESERVE Ebony Stewart & Pacheco
Hawkesbury Summer Show 19th January 2020 - CONFIRMED
Morrisett - Lake Macquarie Show 8th February 2020 - To be Confirmed
Tenterfield Show 8th February 2019- CONFIRMED
Maitland Show 15th February 2020 - CONFIRMED
Cessnock Show 21st-22nd February 2020 - CONFIRMED
Gulgong Show 29th February 2020- CONFIRMED
Luddenham Show 7th March 2020 - To be Confirmed
Goulburn Show 7th March 2020 - CONFIRMED
Robertson Show 13th - 14th March 2020 - To be Confirmed
Castlehill Show 14th - 15th March 2020 - To be Confirmed
More shows have been proposed for the 2019/2020 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
Champion - $50 Prize Money paid on attendance at the Final, Harness Racing New South Wales Champion Sash
Reserve Champion -$20 Prize Money paid on attendance at the final Harness Racing New South Wales Reserve Champion Sash
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 qualifying events during the 2019/2020 season.
All qualified Champions will be presented their Harness Racing Nsw OTT Series Champion rug on the night of the Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Grand Final.
All Horses entering the Harness NSW Off The Track Qualifying classes are expected to attend the Grand Final held at Tamworth Paceway Saturday the 21st March 2020.
Riders can qualify and ride more than one horse for the Harness Racing NSW Off The Track Grand Final, however they must have someone dressed appropriately to lead the horse out in the Led section and hold the horse in the Arena for the awarding of placings . 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.
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 be scored on presentation, conformation and paces and manners.
All qualified horses will perform a 2 minute free workout to music of their choice .
The workout must include collected walk and walk on a free loose rein, trot and lengthen trot ,canter on both reins and extended canter , halt and rein back .
Finalists will be asked to provide their music on a USB and it must be received one week before the final
Scoring will be scored on presentation, confirmation , all required paces shown , manners and musicality.
HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES OFF THE TRACK AWARDS
Best Presented Horse: Embroidered Rug, Sash and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Encouragement Award: , Sash , $50.00 Voucher, and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Overall Winner of the 2019/2020 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series: $1,000 Embroidered Rug, Sash, Garland, Trophy and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Runner Up of the 2018/2019 Harness Racing New South Wales Off The Track Series: $500 , Sash, Trophy and Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Third Place $250, Sash and Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Fourth Place: $150 ,Sash and Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
Fifth Place: $100, Sash and Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets and Bag of Conqueror Cool & Healthy Pellets
All finalists competing in the OTT Grand Final will recieve a qualifiers 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.
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 show horse. Any injuries, scars or blemishes that do not impede the horse’s movement will not affect their placings in the Off the Track Event.
Judges decision is FINAL.
Please contact SPPHA NSW directly with any questions regarding the Harness Racing Off The Track Series.
A Huge Thank you to Harness Racing New South Wales for your support in Life After Racing for our Standardbreds.