The 32nd edition of the O’Brien Awards, celebrating and honouring the best in Canadian harness racing, took place virtually on January 31, 2021.
Check below for links to the video streams for the Red Carpet, Finalist Video Greetings, Sponsor Reel and Virtual O'Briens Gala.
Virtual Red Carpet Show: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Video Greetings Reel: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
O'Brien Awards Sponsor Reel: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2020 O'Brien Awards Gala: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Live updates were posted from @trotinsider on Twitter and on the Standardbred Canada Facebook page. The hashtag for the O’Briens is #obriens20. Winners will be announced through the live twitter feed below as they happen. Scroll down this page for the @trotinsider Twitter feed.
The who’s who of the harness racing will be tuning in to see who receives the 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 Award winners will be announced for the 2020 harness 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. 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. Three Media Excellence Awards and an award for Outstanding Groom will also be announced.
Standardbred Canada extends their congratulations to all of the evening’s finalists!