Ontario Racing Board Approves Quarter Horse Development Program

The plan includes a $1,000 mare breeding incentive, effective in 2018.

Ontario Horse Racing

The Ontario Racing Board has approved a Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Plan for 2018-19.

The Ontario Racing Board of Directors has approved its 2018-19 Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program.

The QHRIDP was a result of recommendations of the industry representative Quarter Horse Advisory Group. According to a press released issued by Ontario Horse Racing, the main QHRIDP components will remain similar to previous years, with the 2018-19 program projected to provide more than $3.5 million in total purses and incentives.

New to the QHRIDP, a Mare Breeding Incentive will be introduced to encourage breeding of Quarter Horse mares in Ontario. The goal of this program is to increase the future racing population by providing a $1,000 incentive to eligible participants upon breeding a mare. To accommodate the budget expenditures for the Mare Breeding Incentive, the Breeders Awards and Stallion Awards were cut by 10 percent to $400,000 and $40,000, respectively.

The Third Start Bonus, which provides a $1,000 incentive to the trainer of record on the completion of three starts at Ajax Downs during the season, will be continued in 2018-19. The incentive will introduce a maximum cap of $10,000 to any one trainer.

To support increased program participation, late enrolments will now be allowed subject to a late fee. The fee for filing a late Stallion Enrolment (after January 15 for active stallions) will be $200. Broodmare enrolments may be filed after foaling, with no time limit, upon paying a late fee of $200 and providing proof of residency.
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