CHHA scholarship application date extended to May 30
Salem, NH — The scholarship application is now available for the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association scholarships. The application can be found at www.chha.net. Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by May 30.
To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy applicants. For the 2021/2022 academic year, CHHA is sponsoring the John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship and the Rambling Willie Scholarship.
CHHA plans to award two scholarships in 2021.
1. $1,000 John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship
2. TBD Rambling Willie Scholarship
Available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in an educational institution of higher learning.
Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their Christian faith and are involved in harness racing are encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Committee gives special attention to how the applicant demonstrates his/her Christian faith in daily living and his/her involvement in harness racing, in addition to financial need and the course of study the applicant is undertaking. Students must be full-time and may be enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible.
Applications and attachments must be postmarked on or before May 30.
PRESS RELEASE: DUE TO THE MANY INTERRUPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS HHI’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR JEROME HAUCK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS TO JUNE 15, 2021. THE APPLICATION AND ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY THE DEADLINE. THE APPLICATION CAN BE FOUND AT OUR WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.HARNESSHORSEMENINTERNATIONAL.COM/FILLABLEHHISCHOLARSHIP.PDF
We are pleased to report that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approved to revise the percentage distribution from the RHDF to 92% for overnight purses, 75% for Breeders purses, and 50% for Health and Welfare Benefits.
Regarding overnight purses, 92% is allocated to the Standardbreds; 8% is allocated to the Thoroughbreds; the percentage distribution had been 70% to the Standardbreds and 30% to the Thoroughbreds.
Regarding the Massachusetts Breeders, 75% is allocated to the Standardbreds and 25% to the Thoroughbreds; the percentage distribution had been 70% to the Standardbreds and 30% to the Thoroughbreds.
Regarding Health and Pension, the distribution was voted to be split 50% each to the two breeds. It was previously 40% to the Standardbreds and 60% to the Thoroughbreds.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our representative, Peter Goldberg for the work done on receiving the favorable percentage and the efforts of the Directors of the HHANE and SOM for providing the data that supported our position that was provided to the Horse Racing Commission.
As always, smoking is permitted in designated areas only. No Smoking in the back stretch or paddock areas. Dispose of cigarette butts in their proper receptacle.
Clean up after yourself upon leaving Plainridge.
There are rubbish barrels for trash and separate bins for manure - please use them accordingly. Do not throw or leave food, beverage containers, grain bags, etc. on the ground. Clean your stalls upon leaving using manure bins.
It is very important to be with your horse for Pre-race blood draw. All horses need an attendant for the draw with their Plainridge license on hand.
TRAINING WILL BE ON TUESDAYS ONLY, TRACK WILL BE OPEN FROM 7:00AM UNTIL 1:00PM.
SCHOOLING WILL BE PROVIDED AT NOON.
PLAINRIDGE WILL HAVE A PADDOCK GATE ATTENDANT TO SIGN HORSES IN.
ALL HORSES COMING TO PLAINRIDGE TO RACE, TRAIN, OR SCHOOL MUST HAVE ALL PAPERWORK (EHV-1, COGGINS, HEALTH CERTIFICATE) ON FILE IN THE RACE OFFICE.
NO PAPERWORK NO ADMITTANCE.
TRAINING/SCHOOLING OUT OF MAIN PADDOCK ONLY - DO NOT USE BARN STALLS.
BE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.
LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND.
ABIDE BY ALL CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS. MASK WEARING, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WASH HANDS.
John Mattero will be in the office to accept horsemen's paperwork
HHANE will continue to provide updates.
Bloodgas Testing Schedule
Racing Phone Numbers
Draw Sheets & Stewards List
2019 PRC Trainers Manual
2021 Membership App
2021 Sulky Insurance Info & Forms
RSP (Retirement Savings Plan) Information & Forms
HHI Insurance Forms & Info
Lasix horses need to be on the grounds no later than 4 hrs before your post (race) and all horses not on lasix must be on the grounds 3 hrs prior to your post (race).
All Non Lasix horses must be on the grounds 3 hours prior to their post time. ALL Lasix horses, including qualifiers, 4 hours prior to their post.
Non Lasix Qualifiers, 1 1/2 hours prior to their qualify time.
Trainer of the Year - Jim Nickerson
Driver of the Year - Shawn Gray
Caretaker of the Year - Bethany Graffam
HHANE's Hometown Handicapper - Colin Boyle
Inside Paddock times for the first three races if you have chosen to put your horse in the outside stalls are 1 and 1/2 hours (1.5 hrs) before your post time.
That is 15 minutes before the time they draw blood.
HHANE Contacts - When you need information, here's who to contact:
Health & Welfare, Membership questions
Alice Tisbert email@example.com 508.662.8564
Race Track Committee/Sulky ins claims
Jim Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org 508.577.6631
Race Conditions Committee
Joe Flynn email@example.com 508.887.0685
Plainridge Race Office
for entries/Clerk of Course: 508.576.4486
Race Office - Paul Verette: 508.576.4485
Judge's Office: 508.576.4487
(all scratches/driver changes are due by
10 a.m. on the day following the draw)
MGC Office: 617.533.9803
July 3, 2020
The following link is the Protocol approved by the MGC for racing at Plainridge Park Casino. Please take the time to read it. It is very important for everyone to understand and follow it, as our racing future depends on it. Besides the now-familiar practices of social distancing, washing your hand, not touching your hands to your face, face coverings, and frequent use of hand sanitizers, we need to follow all instructions we receive upon entering the premise. The Agricultural Department has offered their assistance to the horsemen and women at Mondays Qualifiers to ensure safe practices are followed, Board members will be available as well. You will be expected to clean up the area assigned to you upon your departure, which means not leaving empty water bottles or containers of any kind, tape, vet wraps, or food wrappers. Leave with everything you bring.
This is a new time, a new era and we all need to do our part to ensure the safety of ourselves, others, our horses, and the future of our Industry.
Your HHANE Board of Directors.
Link to Protocols - Must Read
HHANE would like to Introduce and Welcome Colin Boyle, as our new Handicapping Specialist Colin will help you with your daily wagering selections. Looking forward to Colins Pics for 2021 About Colin Boyle
To access Colins latest article, Go to Colins Corner
Out of an abundance of caution, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission licensing office will not be open for in-person licensing at Plainridge until further notice. Horsemen are encouraged to mail their license applications in with the fee, and they will be processed.
The office will be taking phone calls if there are questions, and can be reached at
(617)533-9803, Monday –Friday.
License applications can be mailed to:
Racing Division, MA Gaming Commission
c/o Plainridge Park Casino
301 Washington Street
Plainville, MA 02762
HHANE Horsemen - 2021
John Matteros e-mail to email your paperwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org If you do not know how to scan and email, take a picture and send to HHANE's cell phone at 508-918-8852.
The fillable licenses for new licensees are on the mass gaming website: https://massgaming.com/licensing/horse-racing-licenses/. Instructions also have been updated to read for both new and renewal licenses, they can be mailed, faxed or emailed. They’ll still need to get the payment to mass gaming. The email address is: email@example.com. Also, they are going paperless for the Furosemide (Lasix) program request form. Now, trainers can email the horses they want on Lasix to that same email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This should help the trainers because they will have an email record of who they’ve added or taken off. If the trainer’s email address does not include their name, please include your name in the email, so it’s clear who it’s coming from, that would help greatly.
TRAINERS- YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO SUBMIT A PAPER LASIX REQUEST FORM TO PUT ON OR TAKE A HORSE OFF OF LASIX! To promote Social Distancing, you may now email the name of the horses(s) that you are requesting to be placed on or removed from the furosemide (LASIX) program. email@example.com Send the name of the horse(s) along with your name and include an email address for verification. If you do not have an email address, include your phone number. Any Questions, please call Dr. Alex Lightbown at 1-617-979-8436 for assistance.
Horsemen Reminder: Please check your horses paperwork, as no horses will be allowed on the grounds of Plainridge without a current negative Coggins and EHV vaccine. We will keep you posted as to any other necessary requirements as they become available to us.
HHANE Mission Statement Section 1.2 of the Association’s Bylaws The mission of HHANE shall be to promote the welfare and development of harness racing on behalf of the owners, trainers, drivers, breeders and others affiliated with harness racing in New England. HHANE shall encourage and promote legislation to horsemen in general, recommend to rules and regulators which are deemed to be in the best interest in harness racing, to cooperate with and make suggestions to all associations conducting harness racing meetings, advising them on problems affecting the interests of horsemen, hear any grievances of any member, and to intercede if the executive board deems such action is appropriate.
Welcome! The Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) welcomes you to visit our site and visit us personally during racing season. If you are a trainer, driver, or owner who has either raced at Plainridge in the past or is interested in racing here this year you will find information about HHANE membership and benefits as well as information on racing in Massachusetts and at Plainridge. Feel free to explore and contact us if you have questions.