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 days.
Free "members only" reserved parking at Rangiora Raceway.
Free admission to race days when an entry fee is charged.
Members only complimentary drink in the Birdcage Bar at Rangiora Raceway.
Complimentary drinks and snacks 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 above.
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.
Our final race day for the season was completed on Sunday 22 May 2022 and saw the running of the Trotters and Pacers Finals of the Anne Thompson Memorial Graduation Series. Two quality fields assembled. The pacers final saw the two favourites quinellas the race. John Hay drove Wheels of Fortune to a handy win after leading and making the race favourite, Absolute Dynamite work during the running. The trotters final had the favourite Ti Amo Belle lead, but T K Megastar made him work for the lead and then came through from the trail to take the win.
The $18,000 stake for each final was well received and the family of Anne Thompson provided a trophy for the winning owners. The Club presented a dress rug to the winners and the Racing Section of the Kaiapoi Club donated a travel bag for the winning trainer and driver of each final.
The Graduation Series was very successful and the feedback from owners and trainers means the Club will run a similar series in May 2023.
Our next race day will be on Sunday 28 August 2022. Keep an eye on the website for updates.