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The contest challenged participants of all ages to fashion costumes in the likeness of the name of a horse racing on that night's harness racing card. In addition to $1500 in nightly prizes, photos of all 100 participants are now posted for online voting at

Over the past two Friday nights, more than 70 fantastical costumes have paraded through Grand River Raceway. This Friday night marks the final instalment of the harness racing 'Horse Name Costume Game'.

Halloween comes early at Grand River Raceway, and with amazing loot to boot! Beginning Friday, August 13, the Elora, ON oval is hosting the first of three instalments of a new promotion called the Horse Name Costume Game.

Grand River Raceway celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Industry Day event on August 2. The following is a list of winners from several contests, including the Best Of Show for racing participants, which is sponsored each year by the Ontario Harness Horse Association.

The Ontario Harness Racing Youth Camp program will present a four-day camp at Grand River Raceway from August 24 - 27. Eight children ages 10 to 13 will be selected to participate in the free program.

Grand River Raceway recently wrapped up its program of hands-on activities celebrating National Horse Week. The five events saw more than 250 harness racing newbies drive a racehorse for the first time.

On February 11, 2010, the Director issued a Notice of Decision and Ruling SB 038/2010 wherein he denied a request from the Ontario Harness Horse Association ("OHHA") to transfer $40,000 from the Georgian Downs purse account to Great Canadian Gaming Corporation to pay for track maintenance for January and February 2010.

Tim Irvine received the harness racing prestigious 'Caretaker of the Year award' at the Ontario Harness Horse Association banquet on April 14th 2010. This award follows a mere two race seasons after Tim embarked on his new career choice facilitated by Equine Guelph's Groom One Program.

Harness Racing; On August 18, 2009, the Ontario Harness Horse Association ('OHHA') requested a hearing with respect to actions of Woodbine Entertainment Group ('WEG') and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association ('COSA').

On Monday, September 14, 2009, the Ontario Racing Commission released SB COM 019/2009 Ruling with Reasons for Decision to follow, in the matter of the Appeal of James Whelan, a harness racing career horseman.

Competing interests are the hallmark of free market economic systems. If there's only one shoe store in town, you can be confident that everybody in town will either wear expensive shoes or go barefoot. If there are five such outlets, it's a pretty good bet that just about everybody will be walking around in reasonably priced footwear.

OHHA President Bill O'Donnell reports that he has spoken with David Willmot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Woodbine Entertainment Group, and they agreed to meet to discuss the situation in February.

No new talks are planned to settle a dispute between the Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Harness Horse Association according to an article on today Friday the 16th.

At an Ontario Harness Horse Association members meeting Sunday night a large gathering voted to support their negotiating team's effort's to secure a satisfactory OHHA racing contract with WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) and with the current circumstances at hand are prepared to temporarily race their horses while those negotiations continue.

Solidarity. Say it out loud before you read this article. Here's the definition of the word from the dictionary, Solidarity (mutual agreement and support: harmony of interests and responsibilities among individuals in a group, especially as manifested in unanimous support and collective action for something). Repeat it. Read it again. Let it sink in.

OHHA does not support cheating at the races. OHHA does support the legal process that protects the rights of individuals in Canada. OHHA stands prepared to support its members when warranted. Maintaining those rights and abilities is at risk under the WEG demand that OHHA not participate in any way when a horseperson has been denied access to racing at Woodbine or Mohawk.

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