The Standardbred Association Queensland Inc (SAQ) will welcome Dr Show to the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) as the major sponsors for this year’s Standardbred State Championships. The 12th Annual Standardbred State Hacking and Harness Championship will be held at the Gatton Showgrounds in August and will include the Final of SAQ’s signature event – the 2018 Track to Hack Series.

SAQ President Owanna Francisca said that it was an exciting outcome to have such a successful local Queensland business of Dr Show’s calibre joining the SAQ family in 2018.“Dr Show’s range of Australian made and owned high-grade horse grooming products are synonymous with success on the horse event calendar here in Queensland, around the country and overseas – whether it be in showjumping, dressage or hacking classes. SAQ would like to very much thank Jenny and Neil Harris from Dr Show for providing this generous support as it will help to make this year’s State Championships the best ever,” said Owanna.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018, SAQ runs regular yearly events like the State Championships and partners with the business community to support its Rehoming and Adoption Program, which was established in 2002. The Program rehomes between 80 and 120 Standardbreds each and every year – with the rehoming of the 1000th standardbred occurring in February. Jenny Harris said Dr Show was keen to support volunteer organisations like SAQ, who also run a number of inclusive annual events, musters and clinics for horse lovers of all ages.

The 2018 Standardbred State Hacking and Harness Championship is a  showcases Standardbreds who have gone through SAQ’s Rehoming and Adoption Program and provides an opportunity for these horses to find their niche in other disciplines aside from racing. “There are also classes for every age group and skill level across the two days – making it a truly inclusive event,” said Jenny.

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