Breed Improvement Program

HORSE RACING ALBERTA| Other Breeds Improvement Program

 BIP Rules 2019

(shared between four breeds – Quarter Horse,  Paints, Arabians and Appaloosas)

 The Other Breeds Improvement Program (BIP) funded by Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is structured to nurture and enhance the race horse breeding industry in Alberta. The program is designed to promote and champion “AB-Bred” race horses.   Funds are allocated to support bonus programs for Owners, Breeders and Stallions and enhance purse support for Restricted “Foaled in Alberta” Stakes Races including the Alberta Stallion Stakes Program.  A bonus is earned for Owners and Breeders of horses that were foaled in Alberta and placed third or better in a race on all tracks in Alberta.  Stallion Owners receive a prorated bonus based on eligible earnings of their progeny.

 As the program has evolved, rules of eligibility and payouts have been established to manage the incentives programs efficiently and effectively to ensure funding is directed to supporting racing in Alberta, its breeding industry and economy.

The 2018 Breeders’ Bonus and Stallion Bonus checks were mailed middle of December. A total of $28,166 was distributed fro the breeder’s bonus for overnight races carded in QH distances (yards). A carry forward of unclaimed bonuses in 2017 was included in the 2018 total. The breeder bonus was just under 21% of eligible earnings with capping: 1st ($500) 2nd ($300) 3rd ($200). The Stallion Owner bonus of $12,500 was prorated among the eligible stallions with earnings and meeting the minimum payout levels.