PEIHRIA Live Harness Survey Released
The Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association (PEIHRIA) has announced that it will be building on the momentum that the live harness industry has reaped over the last year. It is looking for feedback in order to help improve for the upcoming season. The association has released a survey to horse owners, trainers and breeders in order to garner feedback on how to improve practices over the coming year.
Prince Edward Island has been preparing for the imminent start of 2021’s live harness season set to begin in May. The province enjoyed a fantastic season last year, and many locals are eager for the new season to start. However, it must be noted that the general mood is quite the opposite in Ontario, which is one of the country’s biggest horse racing sectors. The ongoing global health crisis has led to the suspension of horse races in the province once again.
Working Towards Enhancing Experiences
Owing to the successful season enjoyed last year, the PEIHRIA has put out a survey for the industry’s workers to complete. It is aiming to further enhance the live harness experience. The regulator is set to team up with trainers, consultants and breeders in order to find the best possible feedback and solutions.
A consultant has already conducted 15 interviews with industry leaders. These 15 include 10 trainers and five breeders. The steering committee will be led by Mike O’Brien, as well as the President of Holland College and the Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College, which is based in Charlottetown. Mr O’Brien has said that a report will be conducted out of the feedback received. The association will share this information through podcasts, presentations and video footage.
Qualifying Sessions Already Underway
The first set of qualifiers has already been held at Red Shores racetrack. The first qualifier was won by Card Swap. David Dowling was the jockey. In second place was World Wonder, and Pictorian Thunder came in third. So far, over eight qualifying sessions have taken place at the venue with the season starting on Saturday.
Red Shores racetrack has adopted very strict protocols so as to contain the spread of strangles, a highly contagious disease that has proved to place horses in a great deal of danger. All competing horses must test negative for the illness twice, and the trainer needs to sign a form for the health of the animal to be closely monitored.