The  governing body of  Harness  Racing in  Ireland is
Irish Harness  Racing Association (IHRA)
www.irishharnessracing.com

 

 

 



FAQ:

What  Harness racing sport is about?
Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which Standardbred horses race at a specific gait (a trot or a pace) They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky, although in Europe  racing under saddle (trot monté in French) is also conducted.

What speed horses can develop?
Standardbred horses  can  develop speed up to 30mph ( 48 km/h)

where are you racing? Hippodrome or  Racetrack
Hard all weather tracks  or grass half  mile tracks

who are pacers?

pace Is identified by the horse gait used, as pictured to the right.

Pacers

Pacing horses can be  easily recognised by  the special  equipment “hopples”  used on their legs, designed to help the horse maintain its pacing gait.
PacersIn pacing the horse’s leg’s move one side at a time. This has historically been the style of racing in Ireland, and is also most popular in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.


Trot 

The trot is a two-beat diagonal gait of the horse where the diagonal

Trotter

Trotter

pairs of legs move forward at the same time with a moment of suspension between each beat. This is the most popular style of racing in Europe and is currently becoming more popular in Ireland.