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. It has been confirmed that subscriptions will remain at $25 for the 2021/22 Season. All current members will receive a newsletter in June 2021.
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.
Pink Tie/Ribbon Day - 23 May 2021
This event was held with great success. The room looked fantastic and over 60 guests enjoyed informative talks from guest speakers, fashion that rivalled NZ Cup Day, silent auctions and spot prizes and enjoyed tasty food and beverages befitting the High Tea theme. Nearly $2400 was raised to be donated to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
Special thanks go out to the organisations that donated cash and prizes that made the event so successful. And further mention must go to the huge efforts made by the teams at Essence Magazine and Rangiora Harness Racing Club.
Everyone is already looking forward to next year.
AMATEUR DRIVERS FINAL
Rangiora Harness Racing Club was proud to host the final two heats of the NZ Amateur Drivers Championship after the first two heats were run in the North Island earlier in the week. Local boy Andrew Fitzgerald took out the major prize.
NEW SEASON 2021/22
That completes our 2020/21 Season. Although we were threatened with further Covid disruptions early in the season, we successfully held all 9 of our allocated race days. This was very satisfying after losing seven race days the previous season. We had many high class performances, with the highlight being NZ Cup winner, Self Assured taking out the Waimakariri Businesses Rangiora Classic in April.
We will be back next season with a newly allocated date kicking things off on Sunday 29 August 2021. We will again be holding our Christmas at the Races Day in December. This day attracts our biggest crowd of the year, so start planning now to get your family, friends and colleagues together for this popular event.
Check out our Meetings Page for all the new season race days.