The 28th edition of the O’Brien Awards took place on Saturday, January 28. Check out dozens of photos and short videos taken during our live coverage.
The Standardbred Canada Industry Communications team provided live news and commentary on all the happenings from the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel throughout the night. Winners were announced through the live twitter feed below as they happened.
The who’s who of the harness racing were on hand to receive their coveted O’Brien bronzes. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, a trainer-driver from Prince Edward Island who was highly regarded and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Eighteen O'Brien Awards were given out for the 2016 racing season. Thirteen of these honour the premier horses over the past racing season including the most coveted trophy, Canada's Horse of the Year. The horse awards are divided by age, sex and gait. There are two finalists in all of the categories.
In addition there are five people awards, one each for Driver of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Armstrong Bros. Farm Breeder of the Year, the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship, and Future Star. In addition, three Media Excellence Awards and an award for Outstanding Groom will be doled out.
Standardbred Canada extends their congratulations to all of the evening’s finalists!