Ceredigion has a strong and historical tradition of harness racing dating back to the 19th century. Today, the county hosts some of the leading harness races in the UK and help to significantly boost tourism and the local economy.
Harness Racing is popular all over the world and has a long and rich history. Through the centuries the racing of driven horses has been an attraction throughout the world, with its origins in chariot racing in Roman times. The sport flourished well into the Byzantine Empire and continued into the 12th Century, overtaking the popularity of any ridden sport that existed at the time.
Modern harness racing in North America attracts huge audiences and prize money equivalent to that offered in Thoroughbred Racing. Harness racing is also extremely popular in Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe.
To many, the fact that harness racing exists in the UK comes as a bit of a surprise and is often referred to as “The Best kept Secret in the UK”. The sport is governed by the British Harness Racing Club (BHRC), while The Standardbred and Trotting Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland (STAGBI) is the official body responsible for matters relating to the breeding and registration of Standardbreds in Great Britain and Ireland.