Friday, 31 May 2013 12:59

Backstretch Foundation Newsletter - May/June 2013

The racing season is finally in full swing and we’re all looking forward to a successful season. The board has been busy planning events for the summer to build morale and a sense of community.

Backstretch Awards for May

Groom of the week: May 4th – Donovan Buchanon May 11th – Roger Winegartner
  May 18th – Rogelio Flores May 25th – Ubaldo Munoz
Monthly Awards: Backstretch Person – Miguel Flores Pony Person – Kirsty Luft-Nault
  Exercise Rider – Eluid Mosquiera Shedrow of the month – Rob Chabot stable

Congratulations to all of the winners! Good luck to everyone in June!

Coming Events

A note about our backstretch events – Please be respectful of each other, the venues we use, and the staff. It has come to our attention that some were disrespectful to the Legion staff, brought in their own alcohol, and threw up all over the washroom. If you see anyone who is being disrespectful and harmful, please put a stop to it. Remember, this is YOUR Foundation and we are trying to improve life for backstretch workers. The harm of a few individuals ruins it for the rest of us. Reminder of our objective: Advocate for backstretch employees and improve quality of life for backstretch workers.

  • Backstretch Movie Night – Not yet released “Ron Turcotte Story” the Canadian jockey of the amazing Secretariat will be shown in the paddock theatre at Northlands on Monday June 24th at 7:00 pm. There will be hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn served. This event is FREE for all HRA licensees!
  • Fundraisers 50/50 tickets – Will be sold on a regular basis in the backstretch by Foundation members. Winners will be announced!
  • Honey sale – The Backstretch Foundation has partnered with Tu-bees Honey Company to fundraise for the Backstretch Foundation. The honey comes in convenient tubes in many flavors - cinnamon, maple, Saskatoon berry, black cherry, plain, lemon, raspberry, and on special occasions chocolate. The tubes are $5.00 each or a case of 12 for $54.00 ($4.50 each). This is a Canadian based company with company owner our very own groom/exercise rider Nicole Hein! Please contact myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone 403-540-8707 to order. They can also be purchased at the Learning Center onsite at Northlands Park. Thank you Tu-bees honey! For more information on Tu-bees honey, go to
  • Northlands Park track day closure - The track will remain open for training 7 days per week during the period June 1 - 29. It will not be available for Sunday training commencing on June 30. Monday training will commence on July 1 and every Monday thereafter until the end of the meet.


  • Groom of 2012 winnerSylvia Claus! Congratulations to runners up Melisa Gilkyson and Connie Schaffrick. You’re hard work does not go unnoticed!
  • Congratulations to Dylan and Becky Neergaard on the arrival of their little daughter Autumn Raine Neergaard.
  • For the latest racing news please go to or for current articles.
  • A Thank you goes to the Amanda Gregory stable for helping to host backstretch tours into her barn for the Edmonton Oilers Ice School kids!


Advertise in the CTHS sale catalogue – 2013 Sale held on September 22nd at Northlands. 2013 Display Advertising Rates:

Consignor Prices
Black & White
Full page...........$120.00
Half page............$60.00
Business card........$30.00

Other advertisers
Black & White
Full page...........$240.00
Half page...........$120.00
Business card........$60.00

*Cover pages color:
Inside front.......$ 600.00
Outside back.......$ 600.00
Inside back........$ 480.00

Advertising must be pre-paid by cheque to CTHS Alberta. Deadline for booking is Wednesday June 19th – please contact Lindsay Ward at 403-229-3609.

Benefit Subsidies & Learning Centre Services

  • Dental, eye, and hearing subsidies from HBPA are available. You must have held a HRA license for a minimum of 90 days to be eligible. Pick up forms from Theresa Sealy
  • The Learning Center is open weekdays 12:00-5:00, and race days 11:00-4:00. The Learning Center offers 5 computer stations with printer, Wi-Fi, fax services, library area, games, and puzzles!
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