Beginners' Guide

Once you have decided that you want to be involved in harness racing ownership, one of the first things to do is find a licensed trainer. It is key to find a trainer you have confidence in, as you are trusting them to do the best for your bloodstock acquisition. You can find a trainer by talking to other owners, getting in contact with HRNZ, or Peter Cook who is Secretary of the New Zealand Harness Racing Trainer’s and Driver’s Association.

Once you have found a trainer it is recommended to use him/her to help you make you decisions such as; what aged horse to buy, your price bracket and the type of ownership you are interested in.

For further information, visit the Trainers and Contacts sections.


Are you new to harness racing or going to the races?

Then this section of the website is for you.

It offers a brief insight into where the standardbred came from, gear a harness horse wears and some of the every day racing jargon that is used. There is also a helpful betting guide.