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December 8 Scholarship Applications Due.

December 12 USTA District 9 Meeting **Plainridge Park Casino.

December 13 National Day of the Horse.

December 16 MSHRC Meeting.

January 1 Stallion Registrations Due.

January 5 MHHA Banquet Reservations Due.
January 11-14— Maine Agricultural Show, Augusta Civic Center.

January 16— MHHA Meeting: 4-5pm; Social Hour: 5-6pm; Dinner & Awards: 6pm, Calumet Club, Augusta.

January 29 & 30— Maine Agricultural Fair Association Meeting, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.

February 6— Farmington Horsemen’s Association Banquet, University of Maine at Farmington **FREE if you bring item for auction.

February 15— Continuation Fee due for 2 & 3 yr olds

February 20— MSBOA Banquet, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, ME.

2016 MHHA Annual Meeting & Banquet The MHHA will hold its annual meeting and awards banquet on Saturday January 16, 2016 at the Calumet Club in Augusta, Maine. The MHHA will conduct its annual business meeting from 4-5 pm. Immediately following social hour from 5-6 pm, dinner will be served (tickets are $25.00 per person). The MHHA Scholarship program will award scholarships to students of Maine harness racing families. The MHHA Awards for the 2015 racing season will be handed out as well. After the awards ceremony the annual auction will be held to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. Please join us for an evening full of fun. More...


2015/16 USTA Annual District Meeting USTA District 9 Annual Meeting
Saturday December 12, 2015 
Plainridge Park Casino
RSVP by November 27, 2015


Director Seats up for Election

Director Seats up for Election. The following seats will be open for election at the annual MHHA meeting on January16, 2015:

Dave Crochere — At large
Robert Marston — At large
Jim Dunn — District #3 (Penobscot, Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis, Somerset, Hancock and Waldo Counties)

According to the By-laws, any qualified member of the Association who wishes to run for election to the Board of Directors in one of these seats, must submit a letter of intention to the Executive Director by registered mail, return receipt requested, postmarked at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting. (Nov. 17th).The incumbent directors are automatically candidates unless a written declination is filed with the Executive Director at least 60 days prior to the election.

termination statement
As of September 8, 2015 Jason Gravel was terminated as Executive Director of MHHA. The reasons for this action are under investigation by the Augusta Police Department and cannot be elaborated on at this time.

Deb Patterson is acting executive secretary and running the MHHA office. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. Questions on this matter can be referred to me or any director of MHHA.

Timothy Powers, DVM
MHHA President

A Sweet Ride is all smiles!

A Sweet Ride Captures Paul Bunyan Classic The 22nd annual Paul Bunyan Classic was celebrated at Hollywood Casino, Hotel, & Raceway in Bangor, Maine on Monday (July 20) by a robust crowd. The classic was the highlight to the end of the summer racing meet.

This year a new formula was used in place of the traditional invitational. Preliminary races were held at Plainridge Park in Plainville, Mass., and at Bangor Raceway. The top finishers in each preliminary race were invited back for the “Bunyan” to compete for a share of the $25,000 bounty that was up for grabs. More...

Maine Legislature

Legislative Update, July 2015. As I’m sure you’ve heard, LD 1280 was held over until the second session of the Legislature which begins in January. While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, it was far better than what looked to be a certain defeat in the Senate on the last night of the session.

Our team – which consisted of MHHA board members and personnel, MSBOA members, fair people and lobbyists for Ocean Properties, the Devine group as well as Scarborough Downs – worked long hours the last few weeks to keep the bill alive. It was refreshing to have all interested parties working together this year!. More...

Don Marean

Marean Elected AHC Trustee (Washington, DC)- Donald G. Marean has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees. Marean served four years in the Maine House of Representatives (2005-2008), and was re-elected to the House in 2012 and again in 2014, where he is currently serving.

"I am really looking forward to opportunity to serve as a Trustee of The American Horse Council," said Marean. "Currently I am serving my fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and I sit on the Joint Standing Committee of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. I have been on this committee all four terms and I am hoping I can bring some legislative experience to AHC. Maine has about 35,000 horses and contributes approximately $320 million annually to Maine's economy." More...

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Achilles Blue Chip sets new track and Maine state record!

The winning time of 1:51.4 eclipsed the previous record of 1:52.3, set in 2010 by Rodeo Du Ruisseau. Joe Trice purchased the horse several weeks ago to race in the Paul Bunyan Invitational at Bangor Raceway. “I bought him off a friend of mine for that big race in Bangor. He ended up being sick, and…actually dislocating his pelvis, so I had a chiropractor (Dr. Dave Jeffers) work on him a couple weeks ago”, driver-trainer Cushing commented. Read the entire press release.

Total fair income from harness racing for Maine's 25 agricultural fairs since 2005 is over 10 million dollars.

Maine Harness Racing Industry Statement for Expansion of Gaming in Southern Maine

Since Greyhound set a world trotting mark at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach in 1939, harness racing has had a long and storied history in Maine.  With this committee’s assistance our industry would like to continue that time honored tradition.  Harness racing preserves open farmland and contributes millions of dollars to the economy, supporting Mainers who are both directly and indirectly involved in the industry. 

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