As a result of the keen interest of locals in harness racing, Mr C Archer convened a public meeting on 28 August 1946. At this meeting it was agreed to form the Rangiora Trotting Club (later renamed Rangiora Harness Racing Club).
The club held its first totalisator meeting in 1948.
Today the Rangiora Harness Racing Club (Inc) is one of New Zealand’s leading harness racing clubs and holds permits from the New Zealand Racing Board to run totalisator race meetings.
The meetings are held at Rangiora Raceway during the daytime, usually during the weekends.
The Rangiora Harness Racing Club Committee is committed to ensuring that the members annual subscription is great value and that the benefits members receive are also great value.
The support of members is greatly valued and appreciated by the committee. As a result, the Committee are constantly looking for opportunities to increase and improve the benefits offered to its members.
The following are some of the benefits members can expect to enjoy free admission to all Rangiora Harness Racing Club race meetings at Rangiora and Addington.
Free "members only" reserved parking at Rangiora Raceway.
Members only complimentary drink in the Birdcage Bar at Rangiora Raceway.
Complimentary drinks and brunch at the Annual General Meeting.
Regular newsletters throughout the year.
Subsidised "members only" offers when opportunities arise.
Rangiora Harness Racing Club membership costs just $25 per year. If you would like to become a financial member please download a membership application form here.
TEAM TEAL RACE DAY
Our latest race day on Saturday 20 February was in support of the Team Teal Campaign to raise awareness and financial support for Ovarian Cancer Research. This initiative is managed by female drivers across Australia and New Zealand and runs between 1 February and 14 March.
Harness Racing NZ, Woodlands Stud and all participating Clubs contribute when a race is won by a female driver wearing the teal pants that have become synonymous with the campaign.
Rangiora Harness Racing Club were proud to donate $100 for every race won by a female driver and if the winning horse was a filly or mare, an extra $100 was added. On the day there were four races won and when Alana Cameron won the female driver's race, it was behind 5yo mare Sport Mental, who incidentally set a new track record for a 2000m standing start of 2.28.4, breaking the previous record by nearly 3 seconds.
So that added an extra $100, meaning the Club donated $500 for winning drives along with $563.50 collected from our generous patrons on course. With the other contributors included, $2,163.50 was raised on the day.
Thanks to everyone involved for supporting this fantastic cause.