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.
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Remembering Joan Belcher
1 May 2021
CSBA proudly sponsored the $17,500 CSBA Joan Belcher Legacy Mares Trot at Addington on Friday afternoon. This race was part of a two-race series with part two being the $20,000 Heather Williams Memorial Fillies & Mares FFA next week.
Jackie and Robin Butt owners of Gold Chain, winner of the Joan Belcher Legacy Mares Trot.
The 6yo Muscle Hill mare Gold Chain won the event. Bred and owned by Robin and Jackie Butt and trained by their grandson Bob, Gold Chain was the first foal of unraced Gold Card, by Love You. Fifty one years ago to the day Robin trained, drove and part owned Global Hall to win the Rowe Cup
The late Joan Belcher was a Rangiora racing identity born in the late 1920s. Miss Belcher obtained her first licence in 1983 to assist her uncle Noel Wilson. Although they were never in partnership, folks can remember Noel training horses called Crusader & Little John that won races. The last horse Miss Belcher trained in her own right was Opulent (2 wins, $7000 in the late 1990’s)
On the Crusader theme, Miss Belcher was a huge fan of the Crusaders and either started or was instrumental in starting the Rangiora chapter of the Crusaders Fan Club.
Joan Belcher left her small estate to the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Assn. We have used the funds to support fillies and mares racing, pacing and trotting.
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.