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Author Topic: County Fair Harness Racing Alliance - The Alliance Championships  (Read 866 times)
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« on: November 03, 2005, 08:52:21 AM »

The County Fair Harness Racing Alliance is starting to develop a series that could be the "Super Bowl" of county fair harness racing...
 
The Alliance Championships
 
The final race would feature the top 2 horses from each state that is participating in the program (pace and trot) at a yet to be determined site, although talks with some locations about this have taken, shooting for  a 2007 date. There are several options being looked at and will develop as the program starts.  A meeting of state representatives is a possibility in a central location to discuss the future of the event.
 
The hopes of this event will be to enhance county fair racing on a national level without taking away the charm of the local county fair.  A key to making this work will be acquiring corporate sponsorships.  The basis of this event will allow each state to activily participate and also oversee the operation of their state program, while working with the other states.  The CFHRA will be starting a campaign to find corporate money and also implement a marketing plan as well. 
 
Dave Schmidt of the CFHRA says "This is an opportunity long overdue to help give county fair racing it's rightful place in the harness racing world.  County Fair racing is the "grassroots" of the sport, many fans may only see harness racing at their local fair.  So by giving them the opportunity to see a quality product can only make racing on a whole stronger. for the future"
 
The CFHRA has had talks with several states about possibly being involved in the program.
 
Please contact Dave Schmidt at daveschmidt@bright.net for more information. 
 
Dave Schmidt
County Fair Harness Racing Alliance
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/cfhra/cfhra.htm
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2005, 10:08:42 AM »

I believe this is a good thing.   A positive and exciting approach to promoting the sport of harness racing.   Getting the sponsorships will be crucial.   As a Fair Board member in Michigan I can tell you all that I'll have a tough time selling this to other members of the Ottawa County Fair Board but I'm always up to a challenge!   We host the $250,000 Wolverine Futurity and some believe that's the cat's meow and the biggest deal in the world and that it should end there, that we don't need anything else.   I heartily disagree.   There are only two of us on the Board that know the difference between a trotter and a pacer and its apparent that most don't give a hoot and would prefer some horsepower events of a different kind, if you know what I mean.
My belief is accentuate the positives.  Showcase the sport, for God's sake.    Billings Series, CFHRA Championships, Futurities.....all are part of the overall package to promote America's First Great Pastime....
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