Standardbred Canada has decided to make some changes to the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship. The organization’s Board of Directors has approved the motion in a recent meeting.

These brand new changes will affect some of the conditions which determine the winner of this prestigious horse racing honor. This award is meant to acknowledge the individual fittest to represent the standard of horsemanship demonstrated by Joe O’Brien.

Until now, only the trainer-drivers were eligible for this award. Because of Standardbred Canada’s recent decision to implement some changes to the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, this is not the case anymore.

From now on, the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship will recognize a trainer who represents the highest standard of horsemanship, and it will also include conditions of outstanding care and training of Standardbred.

Standardbred Canada started accepting nominations for the award from associations and membership as well.

The organization may soon rename the O’Brien “Driver of the Year” the “Keith Waples Driver of the Year”.