Stella – The End of an Era!

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On Sunday 14th August 2016 the Hereford & Borders Harness Racing Club invite patrons to Home Farm, Allensmore for their final meeting of the season. It will be a very special occasion as they say goodbye to Stella Havard who has served as chairperson for the Club for an amazing 22 years. Her passion, commitment, effort and dedication over the years have been witnessed on a daily basis and those within the Club wish her every success in whatever she chooses to dedicate her new found spare time.

The Racing Horse would especially like to add our personal thanks to Stella for her invitation to link-up and help promote harness racing at Allensmore and consequently for her time, grace and kindness since. It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with the Home Farm scene albeit in a very small way and we also wish her every success for the future. Stella Havard is a very special lady and she will be sorely missed though we fully expect to see her at Home Farm racing her lovely mares Fantasizing and Tantalizing.

Stella and Fantasizing

Allensmore offer another competitive 10-race card on Sunday to close the season before three weeks of high profile racing in Wales with Boughrood, The Tregaron Festival and Lampeter.

Racing gets under way with a wide-open C Class driver's race where a number of runners have good claims. Those seeking to follow up wins from last weekends Tan Y Castell meeting at Aberystwyth include Hendre Bob, Ryds Mojo, Masquerade Avenue and the evergreen 12yo Wilbro Maverick.

In the WWHRA Series race Wellfield Earl looks dangerous with the benefit of the 1 draw. In the top grade pace 3yo filly Jessies Conquesst runs and despite a 30 yard trail could take all the beating.

The final race at Hereford & Borders this season will be a members handicap pace and July's Abertystwyth Saturday final winner Sunglasses Ron looks to have every chance of finding the winners enclosure for the first time since then.

There are four qualifying races scheduled (starting at 1pm) and the popular Allensmore Junior Driver Pony Parade where Belle and Top Girl will be strutting their stuff in the hands of Theo Price and Dylan Connors. Once again our best wishes go out to these drivers and we hope they remain involved in harness racing. The weather forecast promises us good fast conditions and the 10-race card is typically varied, they include:

Race 1: Outlaw Memorial C Class Handicap (kindly sponsored by Jackie Maguire).

Race 2: Mac McArthur The Medic Maiden & Novice Handicap (kindly sponsored by Mac and Pauline McArthur.

Race3: Stella & Martin's Final Furlong Maiden & Novice

Race 4: Richy Evans Novice Pace

Race 5: Arwen Hughes Grade 1 Pace

Race 6: Jeff & Margaret Langford Grade 1 & 2 Handicap

Race 7: Keith Thomas & David Edwards Grade 1& 2 Handicap

Race 8: Wales % West Pacing Series (kindly sponsored by Wellfield Stud)

Race 9: The Gwyn Owens Memorial Top Grade Handicap (kindly sponsored by Richard Owens & Family)

Race 10: Young Will Challenge Trophy Members Handicap (kindly sponsored by Andrew & Gillian Rees)

Stella Havard


Well, so this is IT then, the last H&B HRC meeting of 2016 at the Lawrence family’s wonderful Allensmore circuit and my final one as Chairman after 22 years. To put it in perspective, Jed Strickland, the efficient Club Secretary, was 4 years old when we ran our first ‘Horse & Hound’ Cup fixture here! So many 'Unsung Heroes' have made all these years of racing possible – great memories of mighty horses such as STONERIGGS JR (who did an unofficial world record for grass on this track TWO DECADES AGO).

There is not the space to thank all those who have been so key, but it would be remiss of me not to mention Jim Lawrence, John Harris, Brian & Tracy Reynolds, Richard Owens, The Beaumont Family, Nick Powell, Richard Evans and Family, who were there 'At The Beginning' and are still supporting the racing here. And to thank EVERYONE who works so tirelessly (and for free!!) nowadays to make racing possible. I’ve been proud to be part of such a team, who have been instrumental in many memorable achievements – The William Hill Series, Cheltenham and Hereford Racecourses, and Kempton Park to name but a few, as well as taking on more fixtures here to ensure the continuation of the sport.

I won’t pretend that today won’t be an emotive one for me, but it’s time I got parole, because I know I keep my friends and family a little too busy for comfort! Martin, in particular, bless him, positively sizzles at this time of year. As ever, the racing today will be heart-stopping, with several pieces of sought-after silverware on offer – The Young Will Trophy, The Outlaw Memorial and The Gwyn Owens Memorial as well as another leg of the Wales & West Series. Good luck all!

Stella Havard 

ESL Photography

The Racing Horse takes this opportunity to thank Edward Liddell and ESL Photography for all their help. To see the official photographs taken of Allensmore Harness Racing on Sunday 10th July 2016 and those on Sunday 17th July 2016 then please visit:

Wales & West Pacing Series 2016 (kindly sponsored by Wellfield Stud)

Future Fixtures:

Llanandras: Sunday 11th September
WWHRA: Sunday 17th September
WWHRA: Sunday 25th September

For more information please contact Lee Price on 07884 115 339

If the readeer has any information pertaining to harness racing at Allensmore then please contact:


so we can use it on this blog. Our hope is that we can continue to help promote this fabulous sport here in future years...

Hereford & Borders Harness Racing Club would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, competitors and everyone else who makes the racing at Allensmore possible! The Racing Horse salutes those efforts, thank you.


(Under British Harness Club Racing Rules)
At Home Farm
Allensmore, HR2 9AJ (Grid Ref SO 4637)
(By kind permission of Jim Lawrence MBE and Family)


Regional Steward: Roland Pugh
Stewards: Lisa Knott, Nick Powell, MR Brooks, Victor Lane, David Seale, Wesley Jones,
Tim East, Jeff & Margaret Langford, Ivor Stokle
BHRC Stewards: Jackie Maguire, Bret Strickland, Lisa Knott
Judges: Messrs: Mr Jim Lawrence, MBE, Mr Dai Arch, Mr John Harris
Commentator: Mr Richy Evans
Chairperson: Ms Stella Havard
Raceday Secretary: Lisa Knott
Starter: Wesley Jones
Timekeeper: Mr Roland Pugh
Veterinary Officer: Hay Veterinary Group
Official Farrier: Andre Gilbert 07944 286756
Race Framers: Mr David Edwards and Mr Keith Thomas
Medical: Mac McArthur 07797 949108
All races timed over 1 mile                Bookmakers in attendance
No unauthorised person allowed on the track or in the paddock area.
Please obey the instructions of the stewards of the meeting.
Please use the rubbish bins provided

Carly Young


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