Kin Race Track sets sights on provincial funds

The Okanagan Equestrian Society is determining if there will be provincial money available for events at Vernon’s Kin Race Track. - morning star file photo
The Okanagan Equestrian Society is determining if there will be provincial money available for events at Vernon’s Kin Race Track.
— image credit: morning star file photo

There’s extra cash for B.C.’s horse race industry but it’s not known if any will come to Vernon.

The provincial government has initiated an increase in the percentage of on-track slot machine  revenues from B.C. Lottery Corporation gaming proceeds for horse racing.

“We are currently trying to arrange a meeting with the minister to discuss this topic and more specifically the allocation to the Interior tracks going forward,” said Ed Woolley, with the Okanagan Equestrian Society, which hosts Vernon Racing Days.

The society’s long-standing concern has been that much of the government’s focus is on tracks at the Lower Mainland and not in the Interior.

“You may wish to note the Quick Facts portion (of a government press release) that states B.C. has two race tracks: Hastings Park and Fraser Downs,” said Woolley.

“It’s hard not to feel forgotten when you actually are. This is a good example of the Vancouver-centric attitude that we are fighting at the moment.”

Woolley says the level of purse payouts is critical if races are to attract riders and horses,  and ultimately equestrian fans.

The government’s funding increase will be effective for the 2013 racing season and is  an increase to 25 per cent from the current 15.5 per cent.

The total  funding amount is estimated to be approximately $10 million and will go toward ensuring that purse amounts are commensurate with industry  standards.

“While the allocation to the Interior is still an issue, this step on the part of the government is a positive sign for the industry,” said Woolley.

According to the government, the B.C. horse racing industry has an economic impact of $350  million and directly employs 3,600 people. More than 7,400 individuals derive an income from racing in full-time, part-time, and casual  employment.

“The industry is the only form of gaming that generates business within the agricultural sector, making it economically important throughout the  province,” states a government release.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Harris hails falling forest fatalities
American trucker nabbed at Osoyoos border crossing with child porn
Old BC Hydro dams could be removed
Family of B.C. man shot by police slams RCMP
Nelson police issue commendations for integrity, hard work
Transportation Minister revs up B.C. speed limit reform debate
Waneta Compensation Program distributes cash to five projects
Bombi break-in nets valuables from vehicle
Fiscally responsible

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.