Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

Breeder's Awards

Horse Breeder/Owner Information and Registration

The Horse Racing Act of 1995 allows for “a sum to pay breeders’ awards in an amount not to exceed 10% of the gross purse to breeders of Michigan bred standardbred harness horses for each time the horse wins a race at a licensed race meeting or fair in this state.”

Michigan bred standardbred harness horse means a horse from a mare owned by a resident or residents of this state at the time of conception, that was conceived after January 1, 1992 and sired by a standardbred stallion registered with the department of agriculture and rural development that was leased or owned by a resident or residents of this state and that did not serve a mare at a location outside of this state from February 1 through July 31 of the calendar year in which the conception occurred.

To be eligible, make sure all of the proper paperwork has been filed with the USTA as the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development used the USTA to verify eligibility. The State of Michigan does require that in order for you to receive any Michigan Breeders’ and/or Owners’ Award payments you, each of your business entity(s), and/or partnerships must complete and submit a W9 form to the State of Michigan. You may submit completed W9 forms by email to Tracy Ebels at ebelst@michigan.gov or mail paper copies of the form to: 

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Attn: Tracy Ebels
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909

Download W9 Form Here

MHHA Awards Criteria

Revised by the Board of Directors October 2010

BREEDERS AWARD: This award to the breeder selected from the top ten breeders within the state, based on Michigan money winnings, or performance of the offspring by the sires of Michigan stallions. Must be a MHHA member in good standings. Ballot results with board approval.

Breeder Award Recipients


Emanuel Mullett


June DuRussell


Larry & Suellen Smith


Libby Myers


Henry Detweiler


Richard Johnson


Brett Boyd


Oscar Sievert
Mike & Libby Myers


Libby Myer
Patty Sweeney


Jeanne Boudot


Darwin & Ann Shaver


Mike and Libby Myers


Gardner Farms
Marlene Lemke


Dave Bolenbaugh, Starwin Farm
Kent & Becky Hess
Jim Jackson & Dave Tanner


Lawrence Young
Oldfield Farm Inc.
Bill and Patti Gira, Oldfield Farm Inc.


Karen Greengard, Bonley Farm


Ron Cole and Judy Ekstrand, Pebble Creek Farm


Dave Bennett of Bennett Farms
Roger Boyd of Riverbend Standardbreds


2501 Jolly Rd. Suite 110
Okemos, MI 48864

Phone: (517) 349-2920

Email: info@mhha.com

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