Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

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  • November 10, 2023 2:30 PM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    Please join us for a memorial race in honor of Ron Merritt at Northville Downs on Saturday, November 18th. 

  • November 09, 2023 10:35 AM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    Our offices will be closed November 23 - 24 and December 22 - January 1 to allow our staff to spend time with family this holiday season.

  • September 18, 2023 8:27 AM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    MDARD has approved a request to extend race dates at NVD.

    Learn More
  • August 28, 2023 9:52 AM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    The MHHA Board is reviewing the colt stakes program structure. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey below, your opinion is important to us. The options below are for discussion purposes for the MHHA Board, these options have not been discussed with or approved by MDARD committee, but your feedback will be taken into consideration of the final program proposal. Survey will end on September 11.

    Take Survey Here

  • July 24, 2023 11:45 AM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    The American Horse Council is requesting that all owners participate in their National Impact Study Survey, which will do a special breakout of Standardbreds and harness racing.

    Take Survey Here

  • June 08, 2023 2:39 PM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    Attention Horsemen

    As you are aware from the news, wildfires in Canada have severely impacted air quality in many parts of the US including Michigan. Currently, the air quality index in Northville, MI is above 150 and considered unhealthy for all people. Northville Downs,  MHHA and MGCB  intend to monitor the situation and may cancel live racing on Friday or Saturday (6/9 and 6/10) if the air quality remains unhealthy. The welfare of our human and equine participants are our first concern. We plan to make a decision by 1 PM tomorrow based on the most updated information and will notify horsemen as soon as the status of live racing for Friday is determined.  

  • May 18, 2023 11:42 AM | Riley Van Sickle (Administrator)

    Please sign up by calling or texting (269) 625-1253 - Charlie Carpenter.

    CENTREVILLE -  Sunday, May 28th @ 1PM

    BIG RAPIDS - Sunday, June 4th @ 1PM

    CARO - Sunday, June 11th @ 1PM

    FOWLERVILLE - Sunday, June 18th @ Noon

  • February 22, 2023 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    The Horse Racing Law of 1995 (Racing Act), MCL 431.301 through MCL 431.336, requires a person applying for a license to provide fingerprints. In 2023, before you can be granted a license, you must get fingerprinted, and the results must be received by the MGCB Licensing Office. See MCL 431.316(5). Fingerprints will not be taken by the MGCB Licensing Office at Northville Downs.  

    The Racing Act authorizes the racing commissioner to set the license fee and determine the length of the license. Beginning in 2023, occupational licenses will be granted for a 2-year period. The fee for the license will be double which is still well within the authorized statutory amount of not less than $10 and not more than $100. See MCL 431.316(9).    

    For in-state residents who choose to get fingerprinted at your local police department, you must contact them first and ask if they do “Live Scan Printing for applicant purposes.”  If the answer is “yes,” you can take your Live Scan form as filled out by the MGCB to the police department and have your prints taken. If the answer is “no,” you may check with another police department or make an appointment through IdentoGo. Out-of-state residents cannot use their local law enforcement agency, but IdentoGo has locations throughout the United States.

    If you have been fingerprinted in another state for licensing purposes, Michigan law does not allow the MGCB to accept those fingerprints for licensing in Michigan. 

    You can begin this process now. We encourage you to do so at least two weeks prior to the date you wish to qualify and/or race to ensure sufficient time for licensure.  If you licensed in 2022 with the MGCB and had an email on file, you should have received an email with the memo, instructions and the filled-in Live Scan form.  You will also receive the documents via US Postal if you were licensed in 2022 with the MGCB.

    To receive an application, filled-in Live Scan form, or payment information for your license, contact the MGCB Licensing Office at horseracing@michigan.gov.  

    To apply, fax your application and completed Live Scan form (signed by the fingerprinting agency) via fax to 248-349-9139 or email forms to horseracing@michigan.gov. You must contact the MGCB Licensing Office for payment information.  You also may submit your application, completed Live Scan form (signed by the fingerprinting agency), and payment in person during MGCB Licensing Office business hours.

    For more information, please call the MGCB Licensing Office at 248-349-5458 or via email at horseracing@michigan.gov


    Horse Racing Licensee Fingerprinting Procedure

    Horse Racing Fingerprinting Instructions Memo

    Licensing office hours for qualifiers:
    Tuesday – Friday 3/7 – 3/10 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Tuesday - Friday 3/14  - 3/17 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Tuesday - Friday 3/21  - 3/24 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Tuesday – Friday 3/27 – 3/31 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    • Trainers must complete a stable roster.
    • Grooms must have their trainer sign #35 on the back of the application.
    • Send rhinos and coggins to 248- 349-9139 or email a clear photo to horseracing@michigan.gov. Contact the vets office at 248- 349-5511.

    Licensing office hours during live racing:
    Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

  • February 22, 2023 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Michael St Charles.

    Funeral service will be Saturday, February 25th, in Hamburg at Borek Jennings Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10am to 1pm, and the service at 1 o’clock.

  • December 13, 2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Johnson, Jimmy D., age 74, of Woodhaven, December 7, 2022. Beloved husband to Donna Johnson. Loving father of Wendy (Tim) Neighbors, Eric Johnson, and furbabies Max, Daisy Mae and Belle. Dearest grandfather to Alexis, Jenna. He is a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Frances Johnson, and siblings Ima Buckner, Joe Johnson, Fred Little, Joann Tackett, Billie Jean Little, and Arnold Johnson. 

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