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Fan Designs WDC Driving Colours

Harness Racing New Zealand and the NZ Racing Board coordinated a competition where kids designed and coloured in a set of colours for Dexter Dunn, defending World Driving Champion, to wear in the 2017 WDC hosted here in Canada in August.

The contest was held over a two-month period and daily winners were chosen. The daily winners were then entered into a competition where Dexter reviewed the finalists and selected his preferred choice.

Nine-year-old Zoey Marshall’s design was selected and yesterday at Addington Raceway, Zoey was surprised when she learned that she was the winner when Dunn appeared in the paddock wearing her winning design. Zoey was also presented with her own set of colours in the same design, and joined Dunn in a test drive around the racetrack.

“This was a very good promotion and generated some good social interaction on social media. The whole point of the promotion was to give the kids an activity on-course (every entrant got a Kids Go Racing pack) and increase overall awareness of the WDC and Dexter. Feedback on the promotion has been pretty positive,” said Edward Rennell, CEO of Harness Racing New Zealand.

The 22-race World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada takes place at five different racetracks in four different provinces. Drivers earn points based on their finishing position and the top point earner at the end of the 22 races will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.

The first leg kicks off at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta on Saturday, August 12.

Following the first leg in Alberta, the drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg on Monday, August 14, and that will be followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15.

The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Quebec on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg of the WDC before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week.

This event, along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, hosted in Charlottetown, PEI, are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.

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