The Directors of the BHRC held meetings at the end of season and reviewed and determined the following:

BHRC Classic Races
The three year tender awarded to Tir Prince for the Futurity, Derby and Pacing Classic races was up for renewal at the end of 2018.
Due to the success of the three years of racing, the boost to the numbers of horses and prize funds, the Directors determined to offer Tir Prince a further three year tender for the race package.
Tir Prince duly accepted and the races will be staged on BHRC Classics night at Tir Prince on Saturday 29th June 2019.

Sire Stakes
As for the Classics, the three year tender period for the Sire Stakes came to an end in 2018.
As has already been confirmed, the 4YO division currently staged under the Sire Stakes will not be part of the Series from 2020 and on.
Therefore, it was felt that the next tender period should be for just one season, with extended tenders for 2020 and on.
The Directors determined to offer Corbiewood the opportunity to host the 2019 Sire Stakes races.
Corbiewood duly accepted and dates are to be confirmed after the SHRC AGM in early 2019.

Star Maker & Battle of the Big Guns
Feedback on the 2018 Star Maker Series was positive and the races afforded opportunities to horses at the lower end of the Handicap System.
It was determined that as the sponsorship is due to continue from The Standardbred Horse Sales Co, then the Star Maker and Battle of the Big Guns will be staged under the same formats in 2019.
Further details will follow in January/February 2019.

The Directors reviewed the current position of the Handicap Panel and determined that the issue of Handicapping would no longer be delegated and the Panel to be disbanded.
The BHRC have approved a team of Handicap Consultants who are due to bring forward opinions and proposals to the Directors in January 2019. All updates will be published in early February.

BHRC Office
Amy has left the BHRC for pastures new and we wish her and her family well in their future.
The Directors will be assessing the needs of the Office and appointing staff in the New Year.

The mood of the AGM from Directors and members alike was that the Constitution is in need of change – as soon as possible.
The Directors will have an updated version to view in January 2019 and updates to members will follow shortly after.

Negative Profiles and the use of Social Media
It has been noted that some profiles on Social Media have posts that are somewhat unconstructive, disapproving of the BHRC and bordering at times on being harmful and defamatory.
Licence Holders and members are invited to contact the BHRC with any concerns they may have or issues they wish to discuss.
The BHRC acts on advice from Legal Experts and such advice means that the BHRC are not able to make comments on or reply to rumours or unproven comments on social platforms.
ALL Licence Holders, Officials and Members are reminded that the BHRC has a Social Media Policy in place, which all competitors are to have regard to. We are all responsible for the status of the sport of Harness Racing and negativity impacts the image far greater than anything positive can.