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Call for Family Nominations

02:28 AM 08 Sep 2016 NZST
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The Host Committee of the 2016 Atlantic Breeders Crown will again recognize Atlantic harness racing families for their long-term contribution to the industry.

One family meeting the criteria will be selected from each of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Awards sponsored by the Province of Prince Edward Island will be presented as part of the Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Top Of The Park, Red Shores Charlottetown.

The harness racing industry and general public are invited to submit nominations to the Evaluation Committees in each province for consideration for recognition. Nominations should be in written form, and detail how the nominated family meet the suggested criteria:

1. Fifty years of family involvement in Atlantic Harness Racing

2. At least one family member still active in the industry in some capacity

3. Achievements on an Atlantic /Canadian scale as a breeder, owner, trainer, driver or builder

4. Public recognition for outstanding contribution to Atlantic Harness Racing - i.e. National or Provincial Halls of Fame)

5. Success in major Atlantic Canadian races - i.e. track records, stakes or invitational wins, significant milestones,(i.e wins) etc. or prolific success of several family members

6. Longevity of success of family member(s)

The Evaluation Committees reserve the right to submit nominations as well. Nominations are due by September 15.

The evaluation committees, which have been established in each province, will select one family per Atlantic province to be honoured. Since its initiation in 2001, the following families have been recognized:

From New Brunswick

The Alexander, Armstrong, Barrieau, Breau, Bishop, Doherty, Downey, Goguen, Goodine, Irving, Jones, Nicholson, Queen, Stevenson and Trites families

From Nova Scotia

The Daniels, Davis, Gillis, Haley, MacLeod, MacDonnell, MacKinnon, MacQuarrie, Pinkney, Rankin, Ratchford, Smith, Whebby and Wilson families

From Prince Edward Island

The Andrew, Annear, Arsenault, Bernard, Chappell, Hennessey, Kelly, MacGregor, MacPhee, O'Brien, Poulton, Smallwood, Smith, Whelan and Willis families

From Newfoundland

Cliff Garland, Dennis Gallway, and the Deering, Dillon, Downing, Forward, McDonald, Oliver, and Pack families.

Please forward nominations to:

Prince Edward Island

Jerry McCabe, ABC Host Committee
Phone: 902-892-7510

Nova Scotia

Robyn Crowe, Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association
Phone: 902-865-1670
Fax: 902-483-9060

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Harness Racing Industry Association

Phone: 506-459-3204 or 506-636-6927
Fax: 506-206-2403 or 506-636-6959


Brett Whelan, St Johns Racetrack and Entertainment Centre
Phone: 709-699-3298


Lee Drake

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