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MacDonald Talk In Invercargill

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Canadian harness racing trainer and driver, Anthony MacDonald, will visit this week with free seminars to be held in Invercargill, Christchurch and Auckland starting with Invercargill this Friday night.

 

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Brent Barclay and Mr Kiwi.  


Good On Ya Kiwi
  

 

One of the shining lights of the Southern Harness scene, Mr Kiwi scored his second career win when he got up to beat a tenacious Honey Cullen by half a length at Winton today.

The four year old gelding showed plenty of class at times in his three year old season but maturity and consistency just weren't there.

“He won first up last season and he was so green. We had a wee few issues this season but he went super at Gore. He’s just been a bit more 'with us' this season.

 
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 Craig Ferguson 

 

Melina Lowe Breaks New Zealand Record

 

At Winton on Saturday Bettor’s Delight mare Melina Lowe proved age is no barrier when it comes to breaking records.

In winning, the seven year old aided by a perfect run behind pacemaker Shezacullengirl, covered the 2400 metres from behind the mobile in 2-53.6. The time bettered Hannah Jaye’s 2-54.3 which was a track, Southland and New Zealand posted in 2012.

Driver Sheree Tomlinson was so confident inside the last 300 metres that she didn’t wait for the passing lane, pulling Melina Lowe off the back of Shezacullengirl before the two straightened up for the run home.

At the finish Melina Lowe stuck her head out gamely to beat Magnetic Watch which ran home late up the inside.

“Sheree said she....

 

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24 AUGUST 2018


A TON OF FEED TO BE WON     

 

Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season.

 

At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds.

 

At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds.

 

The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March.

 

That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs!

 

Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support.

 

QUALIFYING DATES:

 

Sunday 26 August Gore HRC - Gore

Sunday 21 October Tuapeka HRC – Forbury Park, Dunedin

Sunday 28 October Invercargill HRC – Invercargill

Sunday 4 November Riverton TC – Invercargill

Sunday 11 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham

Sunday 18 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham

Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton

Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell

Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham

Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton

Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill 

 

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Anthony MacDonald to hold ownership seminars in New Zealand

 


Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Canadian harness racing trainer and driver, Anthony MacDonald, will visit New Zealand in September.

 

Best known as the founder of the fractional ownership operation ‘The Stable’, MacDonald has been a driving force in
increasing ownership in Canada and introducing new blood into harness racing.

 

MacDonald ran for local government in Guelph in 2014, campaigning to help save harness racing following the loss
of slot machine funding and raising awareness about the sport and what it provides in terms of local employment and
economy.

 

During his time campaigning he knocked on hundreds of doors, and realised that there was a huge untapped market
of potential owners.
He talked to people who had heard of horse racing, but had the perception that it was only for
rich people. They had no idea that they could be involved; let alone how to become a part of it. With this in mind,
MacDonald started ‘The Stable’ in September 2015, with the aim to make horse ownership easy for a whole new market,but also to break down the walls of communication and demystify harness racing to the outside world.

 

He would take on horses that hadn’t sold at yearling sales for vendors, but also has been purchasing yearlings from
sales too, and would market the horses to potential new owners as they were being broken in and worked. This allowed people to see the horse in action and follow its progress by way of video and live drone updates, before committing to purchasing a share.


MacDonald has ensured that the shares remain affordable, with shares as small as one percent available. With initial
buy in costs varying, depending on the purchase price of the yearling, and then a set fee per month ensures the owners know what it will cost them. The Stable markets itself strongly on the fact that this is not a money making venture –but an affordable form of entertainment.


Each yearling is then listed on www.thestable.ca with its own profile, cost breakdown, monthly progress video reports
and stunning live drone footage of the horse working in a set with other young horses. There is a strong focus on utilisingsocial media as a communication tool also so you can watch the horse work from anywhere in the world. In fact,The Stable has owners all across the world now, including New Zealand.


The results in just three years have been outstanding. In the first year The Stable had 65 owners join into 25 horses.
The following year 140 owners went into 62 horses. And in 2017, 392 owners went into 106 horses.

But what is most impressive is the retention rate. 97 percent of those owners have now gone on to join into other horses,from year one to two to three with The Stable.


The Stable has been a huge success story in not only selling shares, but selling the industry of harness racing and the
thrill it provides just by being an owner. Reaching a whole new market of owners who previously felt ownership was
far out of their league financially.


A passionate public speaker, MacDonald will bring his experience and findings to New Zealand and will hold free
seminars in Invercargill, Christchurch and Auckland. These seminars will not only be open to trainers and syndicators
who are interested in finding out more about how they can attract new owners, and find out more about communication options that are available to them, but to all who are interested in attending.


“I’m really excited to be coming to New Zealand. It has always been a place I wanted to visit. I might have a foreign
accent, but my love for racing is the same as yours,” MacDonald joked.


 “The future of our industry will rely heavily on its ability to provide the general public with a fresh option for their
entertainment dollars. We are the only industry that offers participation at an affordable price and that alone has the
power to tip the entertainment scales in our direction in the future,” MacDonald said.


“The Stable’s pillars are: Communication; Customer Service; Professionalism and Hard Work. These are things that
are very attainable and sustainable in any industry, especially ours.”


This will also be a wonderful opportunity for cadets and junior drivers to learn more about self-promotion and
communication, first hand from a harness racing trainer and driver who has forged a new path in the international
industry.


Below are the dates for the Anthony MacDonald seminars proudly presented by Harness Racing New Zealand, which
will be free to anyone who wishes to attend. Please note numbers are limited at some venues:

 

Friday 21 September 2018 7pm Mararoa Room - Ascot Park Hotel, Southland.


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