Halloween at the Truro Raceway!!

Just a quick reminder that the Truro Raceway will be celebrating Halloween festivities next week before the races!  At 12 noon in the grandstand there will be pumpkin carving and trick-o-treating for the kids! Should be a spooktacular time :)



Atlantic Grand Circuit Week is a GO!

With recent events last week possibly being the last week of racing at Truro Raceway, things have taken a turn.  Racing has been extended until at least September and plans are in the works for a long-term solution.  In the meantime, the annual event in harness racing will happen as originally planned, Atlantic Grand Circuit Week!  There is something for everyone, including the kids.  Check out the schedule of events for the week and be sure to come out and take a chance on a bet.  You never know how much more your twoonie may be worth!  If you have never been to the races, or are unsure how to wager, there will be people floating around in bright green shirts to help you make your decision. We look forward to seeing you!

Refreshment Tent open daily

Sunday July 21 2013-Post Time 1:30pm
Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series
Co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada

Tuesday July 23 2013-Post Time 7:00pm
Atlantic Sire Stakes
2 year old Pacing Fillies
2 & 3 year old Trotters

Thursday July 25 2013-Post Time 7:00pm
Atlantic Sire Stakes
2 year old Pacing Colts
Neil “Chops” Campbell Memorial
Young Guns Driving Challenge
Youth Night
Children’s BBQ

Friday July 26 2013
Annual Golf Tournament
$500 Cash for the Closest to the Hole
Over $4000 in prizes to be won
East Mountain Golf Course
$65 fee or $45 for members.
Contact Dixie, or Tammy MacKay for further details
902-893-8475 or Emmon.mackay@ns.sympatico.ca

Saturday July 27 2013-Post Time 7:00pm
Atlantic Sire Stakes
3 year old Pacing Colts
$7500 Exhibition Cup Invitational
Truro Horsemen’s Club Day
Featuring free BBQ
Music Provided by ‘Silent Thunder’ in the infield
Family Fun Day 1pm-3pm
BBQ, Balloons, Prizes and Much Much More!!

Sunday July 28 2013-Post Time 1:30pm
Frank & Beth Stanfield Memorial
3 year old Pacing Fillies

Don’t miss it!
Lets make this one history!
See ya at the Races



Sad News for Central Nova Scotia Harness Racing

Tuesday, July 9th it was announced that the next card of races at the Truro Raceway would be it’s last. With Grand Circuit week scheduled for the following week all harness racing activities will not go forward following the 14th.

As stated on the Standardbred Canada Website ” Officials with Truro Raceway have touched base with Trot Insider and have stated that “notices (have been) handed out to horsemen today (Wednesday, July 10). Sunday (July 14) is last day for live racing and simulcast. All horses off grounds by August 15.”The Truro Harness Horse Owners Association has reached out to the provincial government to discuss a solution that would keep the grounds open for stabling and training. http://standardbredcanada.ca/news/7-10-13/end-truro-raceway.html

In light of these recent events the MSPHA has been contacted by many wondering what will happen to the horses, and some offering to help in any way they can. More information will be available over the coming days and we will keep everyone updated. Temporary and long term homes for some horses may be needed so if you think you may have accommodations please e-mail contact@mspha.ca to let us know.

Our fingers are crossed along with the horse owners, trainers, employees and everyone involved with the harness racing community that something can be resolved to continue with this sport!





When To Make The Decision To Retire?

Thinking of rehoming? When to Decide?

Standardbreds are bred for a very specific purpose. They are destined to be successful athletes that can hopefully earn their keep.  As with any athlete there has to be a time in their career where the decision to retire from said sport is made.  For horses we are their owners, trainers and caretakers need to carefully help make this decision for them.  They are not able to speak and that is why it is ever so important to be aware of what these horses are telling us.

The most common reasons standardbreds are retired from racing include injury / lameness and not being fast enough to compete.  Often times a horse may be injured, allowed some time to recover and brought back to compete.  In many cases (depending on the injury) this is beneficial for the horse and they are able to carry on a safe and happy career.  Other times the injury tends to reoccur over and over.  This is the point where a decision needs to be made that this horse will not succeed in the sport.  Often times just one single race can determine the quality of their fate in retirement.  Efforts should be redirected toward finding another home and purpose for said horse.  It is not an easy decision as a lot of time money and emotions are put into each animal and owners do not want to give up on their investment.

From the perspective of a rehoming organization, it is much easier to find a great long term home for a horse that is better suited for more than just a companion or lawn ornament.  In our experience we have had many horses whose owners were thinking of rehoming as they were not fast enough or had a reoccurring injury.  By the time the owner made the decision the boundaries were pushed and it was too lame to be used for anything but a companion.  If the horse was initially sound when the owners state they are ready to rehome and then weeks later decide when the horse is completely exhausted as an athlete, it makes the rehoming process that much harder.  

We are bringing this topic up so horse owners can re-evaluate their decision to retire a horse when the time comes.  Many injuries can not be foreseen and can happen in the blink of an eye or the step of a hoof.  We are encouraging people to be more aware of what their horse is telling them so they can have a happy balance of a successful, healthy horse while racing while considering their well-being in the future outside of racing.







Selling Tickets at AHF on Beautiful Painting!

Every year the MSPHA usually has a raffle of some sort to help raise money for our ongoing efforts to rehoming the standardbreds.  This year my good friend Jeff Roberts has generously taken the time to paint a picture for the purpose of selling tickets on to help the cause.  This will be on display at the 6th  annual Atlantic Horse Fair this year, but will be selling tickets on it up until that point. Tickets will be $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

For more information on purchasing tickets please contact us at contact@mspha.ca

For more information on the artist, I encourage everyone to check out his Facebook page at JMR Photography & Paintings – http://www.facebook.com/groups/466256053446939/


Springtime Means Atlantic Horse Fair Time!

Shedding, mud, and longer days are all things that we as horse people look forward to with the prospect of spring! In Central NS the Atlantic Horse Fair is always a great way for us to kick-start our riding routine, do a bit of shipping, and take in some great clinics and demos. There is something for everyone to look forward to! For a change, the Horse Fair will be starting on Friday night, rather than the usual Saturday!  Check out the link to the AHF website over the next couple of weeks for updates to guest speakers, clinicians and vendors. Also, the tentative date for live racing to return is Sunday April 21st!





Pedicures helping Pacers – MSPHA Thanks Local Vet Clinic!

MSPHA would like to thank Fundy Veterinarians Ltd for including us in their Nail Trim fundraiser.  Proceeds from the nail trims offered in-clinic for cats and dogs are used to help support local animal rescue efforts for both small and large animals.

Thank you for thinking of us during this capaign and supporting the MSPHA in our efforts to help rehome these great horses!





Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Invite Standardbreds to New Facility!

As many of you know, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College has recently gone through a merger with Dalhousie University.  Now known as the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (still known as the “AC”), they offer a diploma in business management specializing in equine studies.

For the next 2 weeks, the DAC has invited 2 available standardbreds listed through the MSPHA to stay at their beautiful new facility to help the students gain a hands-on approach to equine health and care.  Mandy (Mannart Wave Swept) and Mysti will spend the 2 weeks together gaining great socialization skills together and with the daily handling with students.

These mares are still available for adoption.  If you or someone you know may be interested in offering one of these two great mares a home they can contact us at adoptables@mspha.ca for more details!

I encourage everyone to check out the new DAC website, including the details for the Equine Business Management course!

“Classes in the Equine specialty are designed to ensure that students seeking careers in horse-related industries have the knowledge base required to succeed.  Your class work will cover science-oriented topics such as equine behavior and learning, nutrition, genetics and reproduction, as well as business-related topics like equine facilities management.”




2012 NSPE Select Yearling Sale

Another year, another sale. This year the 2012 Select Yearling Sale is being held on Friday, October 19th at the Agridome in Truro.  Some of the top yearlings in the Maritimes will be available for auction starting at 6:30pm. If you are looking for your next winner you may find them here!

“One of the yearlings sold last year, The Rev (previously Win Storm Dancer), is currently one of the top two-year-old colts in Atlantic Canada- with three wins and four second place finishes out of eight starts and more than $14,000 in earnings.

One of the fillies from the 2010 sale, Seeyouonthebeach, is currently one of the top three-year-old fillies. Veteran horseman Hollis White has had a very successful season with his purchase from that year- Miss Miss Miss Fit.

Autumn Gottem is another success story from the 2010 sale, with five wins in six starts- the last two in Mohawk, and a mark of 1:51.3″ – Truro Raceway Website

For more information please check out the Trurp Raceway Website - http://www.truroraceway.ca/




Great turnout for the 2012 Standardbred Under Saddle Class!

The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition has come and gone for another year! There was a great turnout for the standardbred undersaddle class with 7 entries! For those of you who are not familiar this class is designated for standardbreds only and it is a walk / trot flat class. It is a great way to showcase the versatility of these horses, especially since many had started their race career at the Truro Raceway itself!

Included is a video of the class as well as some of the horses warming up. There are many more pictures of the class available on our Facebook site compliments of Lynn Curwin!