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Experience Owning a Racing Horse: Canterbury Racing Club

If you are interested in becoming a member, be sure to join the Canterbury Racing Club by Feb. 28.
If you are interested in becoming a member, be sure to join the Canterbury Racing Club by Feb. 28.

Have you ever wanted to own a racehorse?

The Canterbury Racing Club is now enrolling new members for the 2018 season.

Total cost for this experience is $250. The club will own at least one horse throughout the year.

Club members receive:

  • Admission to Canterbury Park for the racing season
  • If available, a special location to watch when club horses run
  • Paddock access
  • Access to the Winners’ Circle (when the horse wins)
  • An opportunity to visit the backstretch where the horses reside


You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year both at the track and through the interactive club blog.

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This is a not-for-profit club, but remaining club funds are returned to members at year end. The racing club is intended as an educational experience to familiarize people with the ins and outs of racehorse ownership and pull back the curtain, if you will, and demystify the process.

Plus, it is cool to be able to tell your friends that you own a racehorse!

Membership is open until Feb. 28, at which time the club’s trainer will attempt to acquire a horse or two.

Download the membership form here.

Learn more about the club and its history over the years on the Canterbury Racing Club blog.

The History of Canterbury Racing Club

Introducing potential racehorse owners to the sport and simply allowing fans to experience the excitement of horse ownership had long been a challenge.

The Canterbury Racing Club began in 2009 with the intention of overcoming those obstacles in a manner that would allow people to learn about the sport in an inexpensive manner with the hopes that some of the club members might go on to start partnerships or run a stable of their own. And if not that, then maybe members would just treat their friends and family to a day at the races and help grow the fan base.

Canterbury Park Coady Photography
Canterbury Park (Coady Photography)

Those modest goals were accomplished over the years as the club membership grew from the initial year with about 60 members to nearly 200 at the high water mark.

Some club members did branch off to form the Canterbury Alumni Club, others went out on their own, and new partnerships were formed. Many people were introduced to racing as well. Now several other racetracks around the country have started racing clubs as well and are drawing new fans and new owners to racing.

The Club has had one or two horses every summer at Canterbury Park since the idea’s inception in 2009, and the horses have been extremely successful. They have had a winner every year except for 2010, their best year being in 2014 when they won six races. From a total of 78 starters over the nine year span, the Club has had 24 wins – a win rate of more than 30 percent, which is almost very good in this sport.

If you are interested in becoming a member, be sure to join the Canterbury Racing Club by Feb. 28.