Canterbury Standardbred breeders Assn

Welcome to the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Page

The Canterbury Standardbred Breeders’ Association  Incorporated was founded in the late 1970s as a branch of NZ Standardbred Breeders’ Association. It is now a standalone organisation affiliated to NZSBA, and CSBA appoints two people to the NZSBA executive.

The CSBA’s main purpose is to advance the interests of Standardbred breeders and the breeding of the Standardbred horse. At its peak, the Association had over 700 members. Currently there are 300 financial members who with partners represents 500 people involved in breeding.

The Association’s membership catchment is the South Island north of the Waitaki River. CSBA members are also NZSBA members. Activities include contributing at a national level to Standardbred breeding and racing policies, seeking to improve the breed, hosting information and social functions for members and supporting fillies and mares in Harness Racing.

CSBA Governance

Follow this link to read the CSBA Rules, which were updated in 2017. CSBA’s file at the Registrar of Incorporated Societies can be viewed here.

Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting 17 December 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Incorporated was held at Spectators, Addington Raceway, Jack Hinton Drive, Christchurch on Thursday 17th December 2020. It followed the AGM for the NZ Standardbred Breeders Assn.

Notice Of Meeting & Agenda

Statement of Financial Performance

National Yearling Sales, Christchurch 2021

The 2021 National NZB Standardbred Yearling Sales took place in February at Canterbury Agricultural Park. The Association, with Harness Racing New Zealand and NZB Standardbred, provided a well-utilised space at the Sale with refreshments for vendors, buyers and spectators to get together.

Recent Functions

Canterbury Owners’ and Breeders’ Night

The Association has organized 17 annual Breeders Nights at Addington. The most recent was held in early October 2020 with 150 people attending. In recent years we have been joined by the Canterbury Trotting Owners Association and the Hall of Fame.

Colin Hair, the CSBA chair. presented its annual awards to the Breeders of those horses that had achieved the more rates: see the article below.

This year the trophies for the Addington Filly and Mare of the Year were presented by Colin Hair and Janice Hartley to David and Kathy Rankin and Ian Rule on behalf of the owners and breeders of Scorcha. Her record at Addington included seven starts for four wins and three seconds. The runners up were Bright Glow, Machs Marata and Sioux Princess.

The Hall of Fame committee inducted Dexter Dunn into the Hall, with the award being accepted by Dexter’s mother Rose.

2020-Breeders-Stallion-Function
CSBA sponsored race winner

Stallion Presentations and Season Launch

On Sunday 2nd August 2020, CSBA took up an offer from The Met to sponsor the whole race card in the COVID environment, when we were all keen to get racing up and running. The races were named after members of the Association and mares who had represented their breed with distinction.

Race   Race Name

R1         ROB COURTNEY WITH REDHEADEDWILDFLOWER AMATEUR DRIVERS MOB PACE
R2         JULIE MAGZHAL WITH TEN TO ONE MOBILE TROT
R3         SHIRLEY & MARTIN CUMMINGS WITH SUE DREAMER MOBILE PACE
R4         KEITH & BEVAN GRICE WITH JANETTA’S PRIDE MOBILE TROT
R5         RANKIN BLOODSTOCK & IAN RULE WITH SPARKS UNDER FIRE PACE
R6         JOHN & REBECCA MOONEY WITH LUCINDA MIDFREW MOBILE PACE
R7         COLIN & NANCY HAIR WITH STARDON TROT
R8         DENNIS & DIANNE MOORE WITH CORPORATE BANNER PACE
R9         THE WARD & PATTERSON FAMILY WITH HYDE PARK ROYAL MOB PACE

For this function we took the opportunity to refresh the annual stallion presentation evening. Recently attendance had been poor for the evening event. Taking advantage of a Sunday race meeting, 145 people attended. They listened to presentations from the stallion representatives that were spread out between the races. Those attending paid for a light lunch.

The feedback received from participants and studs was excellent. People enjoying the atmosphere of a day at the races and a more leisurely presentation of the stallions that are on offer in the current season. Depending on the racing calendar, the 2021 event will take place in similar format.

Awards

Mile Time Recognition

Sub-1.55-mile-awards

Historically,  CSB has recognised the breeders of horses that have achieved a set mile time.

The Award was originally known as the TWO MINUTE MILE PIN for Pacers that had broken two minutes when winning a race. The award for Trotters went those breaking 2.04. The achievement was recognised by the presentation of a lapel Gold Pin to the successful breeder.

Over the years the time has been reduced for both Pacers and Trotters, and a new faster time category introduced – a Diamond Pin – with the requirement that it be for a winning performance.

In 2019 CSB decided to revamp the Award as follows:

  • Replacing the Gold Pin with a framed trophy detailing the horse and breeding, the breeders name, the track, the date, the race and time achieved.
  • Replacing the Diamond Pin with a framed Certificate  including a photo of the horse.

The eligibility criteria are:

  • The recipient must be a member of the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders
  • The time criteria are:

                                  STANDARD              ELITE

PACERS                 sub 1:55                       sub 1:53

TROTTERS            sub 1:58                       sub 1:56 

  • The time must be recorded at a tote race meeting within NZ in the last racing year.
  • The horse must have finished in the first 3 official placing
  • All time criteria achieved in the racing year are recorded on the Certificate.

CSBA Committee 2019/20

Committee 2019/20

Chairman Colin Hair 0274 877 188 colinhair@xtra.co.nz
Treasurer Greg Crawford 027 778 9493 gh.crawford@xtra.co.nz
Secretary Noel Kennard 021 969 969 noel@goharness.co.nz
Committee Members Sara Famularo 021 237 4223
Natalie Gameson 0274 693 665
Hazel van Opzeeland 027 450 7027
Don Bates 027 437 3862
Grant Beckett 021 160 1080
John Mooney 021 614 190
Brad Reid 021 683 995
Peter Smith 027 932 5682

We always welcome new members to the CSBA Committee, which meets about eight times a year. If interested please ring Colin Hair 027 487 7188.