Welcome to the 2014 Club. For those of you that have been members last year, this is old hat to you, but I wanted to do a bit of an introduction to folks that are coming aboard for the first time – or coming to this blog just thinking about joining us and wondering what we’re all about.
The Club was designed, and still is about, teaching our members the ins and outs of campaigning a race horse. We try to pull back the curtain a bit on this game and give you the opportunity to learn while minimizing the risk. Maybe you want to learn a bit before you buy a horse of your own? Or join a small partnership? Or perhaps you are happy just having a horse to root for? Whatever the reason, you’re all welcome here and we try to make the Club as fun, exciting and educational as we can.
For $250, Club members receive:
– Admission for the 2014 racing season
– Rotating access to the paddock before races
– Winners’ Circle access should we be fortunate enough to win a race or two
– We also try to have a special location to watch the races from as a group when we run
We will be closing the Club to member on February 28 this year. In the past we have gone as far as the end of March, but it becomes very hard to find the right horse when you only have a few weeks. We will claim a horse or two with Clay Brinson and then run them during 2014. At the end of the year, if the horse(s) don’t get claimed, we will negotiate a sale for them and the Club will close on December 31. More information will follow in the coming weeks as we gather members and start to get a feel for how many horses we will run this year. We’ll discuss strategies for claiming and race placement, racing terminology, condition books and any other topics that come up in the course of the season.
Please feel free to comment with any questions you may have. The odds are pretty good that if you have a question, someone else in the group is thinking about the same thing. If you feel a bit uncomfortable putting yourself out there, then feel free to email me at email@example.com and I’ll shoot you a note back or design a post around your question if it seems to have mass appeal.
If you’ve been a member for a few years, it may seem like some topics are being repeated, but don’t forget, this is supposed to be a learning experience so please be patient. I know that I’ve been around this game for a long time and I learn something new with every season. Every season, every horse, brings something new and different and should provide us with some exciting and interesting moments.
Memberships are now being accepted for the 2014 Club. If you have been involved previously, welcome back – you obviously enjoyed your experience so bring a friend or two along this year? The more members we can get this season, the more horses we’ll be able to run so the more frequently we’ll be at the races watching our horses run!
Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check made to Canterbury Park. You’re always welcome to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) but the easiest way to sign up is to please contact Jeff Maday at 952.496.6408 or email@example.com to make payment arrangements.
c/o Jeff Maday
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
See you at The Park!
I am so excited for the 2014 racing season!
Agreed. The sooner racing starts, the sooner winter is over.
Yes Jeff,ni sent you the balance you requested for 2014′ I was a member last year, please make sure I am a member this year. Claudia Peltier.n
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If my wife and I wanted to join in on the action is it $250 each or would we both be members for one $250 fee? I assume children are welcome to club events/functions?
It would depend upon if you would like 2 memberships or one. Paddock access is on a rotational basis with each member allowed 1 guest. Every member is allowed in for the winners’ circle photos – if we are fortunate to get one – but no guests because of the sheer size of the Club. We want to make sure that everyone who pays their $250 can get into the photo if they would like.
How are the signups going for this year’s club. Our money is in and we are very anxious for the season to start! We look forward to hearing about this year’s claims and which runners Clay and Ted come up with to start the year off.
Welcome back! We are right on track for the same number of members as last year (180). I’m anxious to see what we come up with too!!