2023 O'Brien Awards: General Information


The 2023 O'Brien Awards will be live at the Delta Hotel in Charlottetown, PEI. 


Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024


Nominees in each category were released in December 2023 and the winners announced at the O'Brien Awards.

Event Details

Red Carpet Live
Hosts – John Rallis & Natasha Day

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (AST) | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EST)
(Also available for viewing on SC’s Facebook page)

35th O’Brien Awards Show
Hosts – Ken Middleton & Greg Blanchard

 8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (AST) | 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (EST)
Watch the pre-recorded presentations for Media Excellence & Outstanding Groom Awards

9 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. (AST) | 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. (EST)
Watch the live award presentations via video stream on standardbredcanada.ca


Black-Tie Event



More Information Contact

Jade Regina: [email protected] or 905-858-3060 ext. 207.


Established in 1989 to honour the absolute best in Canadian harness racing over a given year. These are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its stars. The O'Brien Awards are hosted by Standardbred Canada.

Number of Awards

Eighteen O'Brien Awards will be given out for the 2023 racing season. Thirteen of these honour the premier horses over the past racing season including the most coveted trophy, Canada's Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year. The horse awards are divided by age, sex and gait.

In addition there are five awards for people, one each for the Keith Waples Driver of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Future Star Award, Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year and the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship.

The O'Brien Award of Horsemanship recognizes the Standardbred participant who best exemplifies the standard of horsemanship demonstrated by Joe O'Brien.

Standardbred Canada has established a committee of eight that determines the candidates for potential nominees for the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship, the Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year and the Future Star Award.

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