The OBJECT of the Society shall be to encourage and ensure co-operative effort in all matters pertaining to the production and improvement of the Standardbred Horse in the Province of Alberta, and to co-operate with the Associations and Societies of other Provinces in the Dominion of Canada and States of the United States of America/or other Associations in other Countries..
The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) was formed to represent and protect the best interests of Standardbred industry participants and bring about a closer, more understanding relationship among members, racetracks, racing associations, governing bodies and the public.
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NEWS & UPDATES for ALBERTA
Fantastic turn out for Jerv. Interesting facts. Rockin N Rollin, trained by Doug Stout. Sunday was Doug's Birthday. Mike Hennessy winning driver, had his first driving win with one of Jerv Clifton's horses. Jerv drove the winner of the Nat Christie memorial, and the Western Canada Pacing Derby for Doug Stout. Always interesting to realize the circle of Harness Racing in Alberta.
Check out this ride along from Saturday October 1st, 2022 brought to you by James Jungquist - ReignMaker YYC featuring Phil Giesbrecht and Samba Beat winning race 5 the Preferred at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Also action from Kelly Hoerdt/Crackle N Burn and Mike Hennessy/Shark Week.
FUN FOR FANS - a horse racing charity that has donated over $250,000 since 2010 (video)
Interviews with Fred Gillis, Bill Andrew, Connie Kolthammer, Rod and Jackie Starkewsky — featuring horses Staring Role, OutlawBurntPopcorn and Outlaw Blue Island — and charities Perky In Pink, Stollery Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Lacombe Fire Department and Olds Mountain View Emergency Shelter. Since 2010, Fun For Fans has donated over $250,000 to Alberta charities.
NOTICE FROM CPMA
Provincial Regulatory Bodies
Canadian Horse Racing Industry
FROM: Lisa Foss, Executive Director, Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency
Addition of arsenic, hydrocortisone, and mirtazapine to the Schedule of prohibited drugs in the Regulations and clarification of prohibitions regarding zilpaterol hydrochloride
The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has made the following changes to the Schedule to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations; Arsenic, Hydrocortisone and Mirtazapine are added to the list, and the current restriction for zilpaterol hydrochloride is broadened to include all zilpaterol preparations.
Arsenic is considered a performance-altering substance with considerable gastrointestinal toxic effects. Because arsenic is naturally occurring in the environment, horse urine contains low levels of arsenic. This amendment will add arsenic to section 2 of the Schedule, and adopt the international threshold of 300ng/mL in urine to control the use of arsenic in Canadian race horses. The CPMA recommends discontinuing the use of all supplements containing arsenic at least 48 hours before a race.
Hydrocortisone is a potent steroidal anti-inflammatory. It is used to treat allergies and other inflammatory conditions. It will be added to section 1 of the Schedule. Synthetic hydrocortisone will be regulated through the detection of hydrocortisone esters in blood and urine.
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant used to treat a wide range of conditions, from behavioral problems to loss of appetite in cats. The addition of this substance to section 1 of the Schedule is consistent with the current approach for other antidepressants.
Zilpaterol hydrochloride is currently listed in section 1 of the Schedule. This amendment will remove the word “hydrochloride”, and clarify that any zilpaterol preparation, metabolite, derivative, isomer and salt should not be present in the sample.
Any detection of the above drugs may result in a positive test.
The CPMA strongly recommends consulting a veterinarian on any decision to administer supplements or medications to a racehorse.
Testing for these drugs will begin on August 1st, 2022.
What started as an opportunity to have some fun as the manager of the Century Downs Racing Club has turned Shelley Hastey into one of Alberta’s biggest racing fans and a proud stake horse owner.
A long family history with horses
Shelley comes from a family with a history of involvement in the Alberta horse racing and breeding industry. “My Dad (Al Williams) had a reputation for being an excellent handicapper, so Northlands [...]
owners who report loving the quick clean up and low maintenance. “Nothing sticks to it,” says Job. “Cattle and hog barns have been using it for just over 30 years.”
In the past seven or eight years, horse owners have been learning the benefits of this easy to clean, non-porous material, with biosecurity top of mind. Communal areas, like wash stalls, are a breeze to wash down and disinfect. The material is more expensive than traditional wood but quicker and easier to install and then very low maintenance going forward with no need to stain or reseal every few years. It also will not rot making it a great alternative to the traditional wood in areas like tack rooms, feed rooms, any area where there is a sink. Job reiterates, “everyone knows there is a lot of moisture in horse barns.”
Listen to Dwayne compare PVC to wood and chat more about its installation and applications.
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Sign up for Equine Guelph’s 12-week course Management of the Equine Environment
2022 Stallion Directory & Stakes Guide
"I have just received the ASHA Stallion Directory and Stakes Guide and it is a commendable product for sure." - Gail Brassington
The OFFICIAL Stakes Schedule and Calendar
Below are the OFFICIAL Stakes Schedule and Calendar respectively.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE SCHEDULE COULD CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF ASHA
2022 Stakes Schedule
2022 Race Calendar
Updated July 2022
HRA HOURS and CONTACT INFO
Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is requesting that you go ONLINE to renew your license(s), as there is limited access to the backstretch.
ATTENTION: As a reminder, in February 2020 we received notice from HRA that in lieu of WCB, everyone participating in the harness horse racing industry in Alberta MUST have their Standardbred Canada license and ASHA membership in order to have proper coverage as mandated by Century Casinos.
PH. (587) 349-7777 Ext: 7800 FAX: (587) 349-7794
All information can be located here:
HORSE RACING ALBERTA
CENTURY DOWNS RACETRACK LICENSING OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Office closed Thursday and Sunday
RACETRACK LICENSING OFFICE HOURS:
PO BOX 1376,
PH. (587) 416-5455
FAX: (587) 416-5460
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