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CHHA and Harness Racing featured on "The Contender"
April 21, 2005 - by Kim Hankins

On Sunday, April 24th, at 9 pm pacific, the NBC reality show, "The Contender" will include a challenge that utilizes jog carts for the remaining boxers. The challenge will consist of the contestants racing around the track while pulling their friend or family member as they sit in the jog cart seat. Last June, the producers of NBC contacted Executive Director Kim Hankins of the CHHA (California Harness Horsemens Association) to help make this challenge possible. With the help of trainer/driver Chris Hernandez and many other horsemen, a dry run of the event was staged here in Sacramento last July.

In August jog carts, donated by Rick Plano, were shipped to Santa Anita Race Track for the taping of the event. Nathalie Tremblay (2nd trainer for Nicol Tremblay) and David Kuri (groom) shipped the jog carts to Santa Anita and provided technical support .Harness saddle cloths (numbers) were also provided by CHHA to identify each boxer. CHHA appreciates the help and support of these "friends of CHHA". It was another opportunity to promote our industry at no cost. The show will be seen by millions of viewers and it will be difficult for viewers not to notice the California Harness Horsemen's Association "Horsemen Helping Horsemen" banner affixed to the hub rail at the finish line.

Spread the word and don't forget to tune in on Sunday at 9pm Pacific to NBC in support of our industry!

Again, many thanks to those people that helped with this project
-Kim Hankins