Harness Racing


Every type of harness racing (that would use a wheeled vehicle) goes in this class, including trotters, pacers, chuck wagon racing, modern or historic chariot racing, etc.

Judged On: Suitability for event depicted. Overall impression of entry. Trotters trot; pacers pace; chuck wagons and chariots may gallop.

Required Equipment: Racing-style harness appropriate to entry. Modern trotters and pacers generally use nylon racing harness and lightweight sulkies. Chuck wagon racing uses farm harness and covered wagons. Chariots use chariot harness with 2-4 horses hitched abreast.

Optional: Protective boots, hoods, blinkers, and other aids. Pacers may use racing hobbles to help keep their gait. Race track.

Driver: Driver attire based on the type of race depicted. Trotters and pacers wear racing silks. Chuck wagon racers wear jeans and “cowboy” style clothing.

Prohibited: Trotters and pacers may not break gait. Snow harness racing entries (they belong in the Winter Harness Racing class).

Extra Credit: Racing numbers. Matching color schemes between harness, driver, and sulky.

Mary Moore's very realistic harness racing entry for a pacer, completed with driver.

Close up view of another harness with hobbies seen on pacing horses
to help keep them from breaking their pacing gait. Harness is made by Mary Moore.

Another close up view of pacing harness with hobbles made by Mary Moore.
Compare it to real horse shown below it.

Side profile of a pacing horse with harness and the additional use of hobbles.

Pacing horse with harness and the additional use of hobbles.

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Updated: January 16, 2013