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 "home" meetings are held at Rangiora Raceway during the daytime, usually during the weekends, whilst the meetings held at Addington are usually held under lights on Thursday or Friday evenings.
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, or $80 for 5 years. If you would like to become a financial member please download a membership application form here.
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR RHRC
19 April 2020
This is an update on the way the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on the RHRC Club and the Rangiora Racecourse.
HRNZ hosted a Zoom meeting of Club Presidents on Friday 3rd April. HRNZ CEO Peter Jensen and Chair Ken Spicer advised that all racing dates for the balance of the 2019/20 season were cancelled and remaining Group races including the Jewels would not be run. This means the 2020 Rangiora Classic and our supporting races will not be run.
Given Rangiora’s preponderance of race meetings from April-August (7 of 10 meetings) this will impact heavily on your Club. In the medium-term and to minimise costs it is intended, once racing does resume, Harness Racing will be limited to 4 racecourses, Alexandra Park, Cambridge, Addington and Ascot Park, all racing at Addington will be run by the Met T.C.
On the 11th April the CEO of Thoroughbred Racing NZ Bernard Saundry advised his code that racing dates for June-November 2020 would be released prior to Anzac Day. HRNZ CEO Peter Jensen in a video interview with David di Somma released on 16th April and available on the HRNZ web site confirmed much the same information. Obviously any dates programming will be subject to the Government’s prevailing Alert Level. A move to Alert Levels 3 and 2 with racing in June/ July suggest that training will need to restart in late April/early May.
Currently the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has ruled that horses can only be jogged and only if stabled at the privately owned track of the trainer. This means no training is happening at the Rangiora Racecourse which means no track fees.
There are also no workouts or trials happening or scheduled. Whether it is economic to reopen the Racecourse for workouts (and possibly trials) but no racing is problematic.
Staff at the Racecourse have been retained using the Government’s wage subsidy offer while the future of the industry and our Club/Racecourse is determined.
On a different but equally concerning track Lincoln Farms report only 2171 mares were bred in the last season compared to 3365 in 2011 and 4074 in 2008. The code will face problems with available horse numbers in coming years.
The RHRC committee continues to share information and have met by Zoom. Our cash reserves are sufficient to enable us to meet our foreseeable obligations for the maintenance of the Racecourse. As soon as we have more information on when and how racing can resume at Rangiora we will update this here and on Facebook.