With a tough couple of years behind us, the Hastings Racing Club is thrilled for a return to normal at Vancouver’s oldest sporting facility – Hastings Racecourse!
The Hastings Racing Club is getting ready for a big year and continues to deliver a whole summer of excitement for Club Members, whilst getting first hand experience of being a thoroughbred racehorse owner and having look behind the scenes of the BC horse racing industry.
As with previous years, the Hastings Racing Club costs $300 for the entire year (November 2021 through October 2022) and will provide excitement for the whole of the May to October racing season. All of the membership fees are used for the care and training of our horses and best yet, any winnings/leftover funds are returned to the Club Members at the end of the year. By joining the Hastings Racing club you’ll be joining 100+ other members, having a stake in your horse’s racing career, which keeps the cost per member low, whilst delivering all of the thrills that racehorse ownership can deliver.
As part of being in the Hastings Racing Club and becoming an officially licensed racehorse owner you will be granted full access to the backstretch at Hastings Racecourse to watch your horse train, chat with your horse’s trainer and most importantly swing by the barn and give you horse some TLC (and mints!).
As part of your Club Membership you’ll get frequent updates on how your horse is doing and get an understanding of the privileges and responsibility that comes with to be a horse owner. At the Hastings Racing Club we’re proud of the care that our horses receive both during their racing days and they move into their second careers and are strong advocates for the work of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society.
If you have any questions about the Hastings Racing Club please just drop Club Managers, Matt and Mark an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link to submit your interest in this season’s club!
As all of our regular club members will know, Club I’s first CTHSBC Sale Purchase, Catch Twenty One was retired as a 4 year old in 2017. New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society included some information about his retraining and successful rehoming in their March 2019 e-newsletter. For any clubbers looking for updates about any of the retired Hastings horses they can sign up for their periodic eNewsletters here.
We will be looking to get members a progress update from Catch later in the year and learn a little bit more about the retired racehorse retraining process.
We’ve copied some of their March publication below:
New Stride eNewsletter – March 2019
Catch Twenty One When “Catch Twenty One” finished his racing career at Hastings Racecourse, we were thrilled when he was donated to New Stride for retraining and rehoming. The flashy young gelding was raced by Hastings Racing Club 1 over two seasons and became a favourite of the almost 300 club members.
“Catch” (also known as “Sunny”) began a more focused program at our foster farm and we were even more delighted when the foster farm operator and his family decided to apply to adopt Catch for themselves! Catch is all settled into his new home, and we’ll look forward to hearing more about his new life and career involving dressage, show jumping and cross country jumping. Eventing is a perfect sport for former racehorses since it requires speed, stamina and bravery to do well.
Time to Scoot Our lovely Cecil has just been adopted! He’s going to rider Mareesa who will work to train him as an event horse. Cecil is off to an acreage in Mission and will have ample turn out and equine friends. We will miss you Super Cecil but you’ve got a very bright future ahead!
Where is New Stride? Our family of horses can now be found at Murray Creek Ranch where they’re frolicking, playing and of course training! Everyone is settling in nicely.
Fundraising Updates – Thank You! On behalf of the full New Stride team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the generous donors who contributed to our cause as we wrapped up 2018.
And happy to share that New Stride is a grant recipient of the Mary Victoria Wakefield Animal Welfare Fund. This fund is named for Mary Victoria Wakefield and was set up to honour her love of animals and her devotion to their care and we couldn’t be more thankful.
Finally, we have also been approved for a Wild Field Scholarship that will grant a spot for one of our horses in a future Jonathan Field Course 1 clinic…more to come!
Volunteers New Stride is looking for people who are passionate about horses, can help with grooming and organizing the barn, and can support as handlers for ground work. We’re also in need of riders (with extensive horse experience, currently riding a minimum of 3x weekly) to join our training team, and we’ll provide the training at no cost! Our gang of horses now resides at Twin Creeks Ranch in Aldergrove, so if interested, please visit our website and fill out an application. We look forward to having you!
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