Horsemen are reminded of two important February deadlines for paperwork due to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program. 

The Harness Racing Commission today announced that owners must register their stallions for the 2016 state breeding season by February 1. Additionally, any owners looking to register their broodmares for the Breeders Fund Award program must have their horses registered as “PA-residents” by February 15 to ensure their foals are eligible for the awards.

A stallion must remain in the state, at a declared facility, from February 15 to July 4. Breeding can take place within a couple of weeks of either date. If a horse is intended to be used as both a stallion and a racehorse in 2016, approval must be gained from the Harness Racing Commission, and if the horse competes out-of-state, the horse must return to his Pennsylvania-home base after each of those out-of-state races.

Broodmares whose owners want them to qualify for “resident” status must have the paperwork, postmarked to the Harrisburg Commission office by February 15. Broodmares must reside in Pennsylvania for at least 180 contiguous days, including foaling, and be in foal to a registered Pennsylvania stallion for their offspring to be eligible for the breeder awards. No registered broodmare is authorized to leave the state for any reason except for a medical emergency. If that occurs, the Commission must be notified as soon as possible.

Registration forms are available by contacting Pennie Dodson at 717-787-5196 or

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