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O.P. « 2018-Apr-06, 05:36 PM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6 April 2018

RACING QUEENSLAND FAILS TO COMMIT TO SUPPORTING SAQ IN 2018

The Standardbred Association Queensland Inc (SAQ) has regrettably been forced to publicly call for a new Major Sponsor for its 2018 Track to Hack Series, after being unable to re-secure Racing Queensland as a Major Sponsor for 2018.

Celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary in 2018, SAQ has provided ongoing support to Racing Queensland for many years, particularly through SAQ’s Rehoming and Adoption Program. This program just recently rehomed the 1,000th Standardbred since 2002, saving a very large number of these wonderful horses from the slaughter yards.

To continue doing the important work that the SAQ does as a well-established not-for-profit, SAQ sources grant funding, runs regular yearly events like the Track to Hack Series & State Harness and Hacking Championships and partners with the business community in the form of mutually beneficial sponsorship opportunities.

The SAQ Track to Hack Series was an inaugural event in 2017 and both Racing Queensland and Hygain were secured as the two Major Sponsors to provide the prizes (cash and product) to the many competitors at the eight qualifying events throughout the year and then at the Final.

“Hygain were very quick to recommit again this year and I want to publicly thank them for the ongoing support that they continue to provide SAQ, along with our many other corporate partners” said Mark Hrycek, SAQ Grants and Fundraising Officer.

“However, the same cannot be said for Racing Queensland. Despite three months of conversations and the many benefits Racing Queensland received following the success of last year’s Series – they have not been willing to recommit in the required timeframes”.

“It seems that Racing Queensland are now more focused on making profit from the first 36 months of a Standardbred’s life - rather than supporting not-for-profit organisations like SAQ - who save Standardbreds from the slaughter yards and support the next 15 years following their racing careers” said Mr Hrycek.

The 2018 Track to Hack Series is a signature event for the SAQ and will be run at nine (9) Agricultural Shows in south-east Queensland to promote Standardbreds as Pleasure Horses upon their retirement from their traditional role of Harness Racing.

This year’s qualifying events will be held at Warwick, Kilcoy, Marburg, Ipswich, Caboolture, Lowood, Sunshine Coast, Kalbar and Redcliffe – with the Final being held at SAQ’s State Harness and Hacking Championships in Gatton in August.

“As the first Qualifying Event for this year’s Series was held at Warwick on March 25 and the second will be held this weekend at the Kilcoy Show, SAQ is currently using funds set aside for our Rehoming and Adoption Program to cover the operational costs of the Track to Hack Series, whilst we are attempting to secure the second Major Sponsor for this successful event” said Mr Hrycek.

The SAQ is keen to hear from any organisation interested in a small-investment/high-return community sponsorship opportunity ($2,200) for the 2018 Track to Hack Series that includes, logo/key message promotion on all event literature, multiple advertising opportunities and numerous recognition of the sponsor partnership through cross-media elements - just to name a few.

Please contact SAQ’s Grants and Fundraising Officer at grantsfundraising@saq.com.au for further information.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Hrycek - 0438 596 082 or grantsfundraising@saq.com.au


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Mark Hrycek

Standardbred Association QLD Inc
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« 2018-Apr-06, 10:26 PM Reply #1 »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6 April 2018

STATEMENT FROM THE STANDARDBRED ASSOCIATION QUEENSLAND (SAQ)

Further to the Media Release issued earlier and following a lengthy and constructive telephone conversation with Racing Queensland late today, the SAQ will be meeting with Racing Queensland and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in the near future to discuss promotion of SAQ and life after racing for Standardbreds.
This meeting will also help to discuss the respective roles of SAQ, Racing Queensland and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, and in turn how we can all support each other.
The SAQ acknowledges that Racing Queensland has a strong commitment to animal welfare and life after racing for its retired athletes.
Racing Queensland has confirmed to SAQ in writing that they also wish to consider a longer-term partnership to provide SAQ with funding security, however, any agreement would need to go through the appropriate approval process.
In the meantime, SAQ will continue to source a Major Sponsor for the 2018 Track to Hack Series.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Hrycek - 0438 596 082 or grantsfundraising@saq.com.au

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« 2018-May-25, 06:36 PM Reply #2 »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 25 MAY 2018
SAQ SIGNS THREE-YEAR SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH RACING QUEENSLAND
The Standardbred Association Queensland Inc (SAQ) is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Racing Queensland - joining Hygain as the two major sponsors for SAQ’s 2018 Track to Hack Series.
SAQ’s Track to Hack Series is run at nine (9) Agricultural Shows in south-east Queensland, to promote standardbreds as Pleasure Horses upon their retirement from their traditional role of Harness Racing. The Final will be held at SAQ’s State Harness and Hacking Championships in Gatton in August.
SAQ President, Owanna Francisca, said this sponsorship agreement would provide funding certainty for SAQ’s signature event for the next three years.
“SAQ would like to very much thank Racing Queensland and the members of the Harness Advisory Panel for providing this much-needed support. Not only will it help to grow the Track to Hack Series over the next three years - it will also help to support our Rehoming and Adoption Program” said Ms Francisca.
Celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary in 2018, SAQ established its Rehoming and Adoption program in 2002 and rehomes between 80 and 120 standardbreds each year - with the rehoming of its 1,000th standardbred in February.
Harness Development Strategy Manager, David Brick, said Racing Queensland has a strong commitment to animal welfare and life after racing for its retired athletes.
“Racing Queensland is proud to support volunteer organisations like SAQ - who not only run a number of events each year to showcase these wonderful horses - but more importantly, play a significant role in rehoming standardbreds after their racing career” said Mr Brick.
This year’s Track to Hack Series qualifying events have been held at Warwick, Kilcoy, Marburg and Ipswich Shows - with the remainder to be held at Caboolture, Lowood, Sunshine Coast, Kalbar and Redcliffe.
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MEDIA CONTACTS:           Mark Hrycek (SAQ) - 0438 596 082 or grantsfundraising@saq.com.au
Darrin Davies (Racing Queensland) - 0438 733 738 or ddavies@racingqueensland.com.au


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