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Atlantic Harness Racing Symposium Agenda Announced, Catherine Willson Confirmed

Published: March 4, 2011 3:51 pm ET

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Equine law expert Catherine Willson has been confirmed to attend and participate in the Atlantic Harness Racing Symposium which will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick from March 11 to March 13.

Willson will be making her first public speaking engagement since the ruling of John Craig vs the Tax Court case. She will offer her insight on how the decision could be beneficial for the harness racing industry.

For more information on Willson and the John Craig vs the Tax Court case, click the links which appear below.

Craig Wins Tax Relief Case
Tax Relief For Part-Time Owners?

A dinner will be held Saturday evening. Norm Borg will be guest speaker. Awards will be presented during the dinner to the Atlantic Breeders Crown winners for 2010.

The agenda for the symposium appears below.


Agenda – Atlantic Harness Racing Symposium
Hilton Hotel/Saint John Trade & Convention Centre
March 11 – 13

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
• Track directors meetings (closed)
• Includes meetings with Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, Standardbred Canada, Industry Council meeting with Tom Clark

4:00 p.m.
• New Brunswick Horsemen's Associations meetings with Gerard Smith (re: classification)

Saturday, March 12

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
• Best Practices - What are we doing well? What we are doing different?

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
• Coffee Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• NBSBOA Annual Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• ASBA Directors' Meeting - Board Room (closed)

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
• Performance Horse Ownership Tax Benefit – Catherine Wilson, Legal Equine Expert

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
• Ownership Experience – Kathy Wade Vlaar, Kelly Spencer, Todd Canavan, Bob MacNeil

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
• Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
• Care for Performance Horse – Dr. Mitchell Downey, Dr. Kathleen McMillan, Dr. Chris Neal, Ann Beaumont, Nutrition & Quality Assurance, CO-Op Atlantic, Moncton

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Marketing – Kathy Wade Vlaar, Lee Drake, Kelly Spencer

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• General Meeting for ASBA (Spencer Room)

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
• Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Media Relations – Norm Borg, Kathy Wade Vlaar, Kelly Spencer, David MacLean

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• Reception

7:00 p.m.
• Banquet – Guest Speaker: Norm Borg
• Tickets $35.00 per person

Sunday, March 13

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• Plans For The Future – Kent Oakes, Tom Clark, David Thorburn

• Wrap up
• Where we go from here? (Panel to be determined)



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