The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association was founded in 1947 to serve the collective needs of the state's Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers and drivers. The purposes of the MHHA are: To protect the financial interests of owners, trainers, drivers, breeders and caretakers of standardbred horses in Michigan. To supply horses to Michigan pari-mutuel racetracks, monitor and improve physical conditions and controls for individuals and horses participating at licensed race meetings and to assist race meeting licensees in conducting their racing programs. To encourage and promote the racing training and breeding of standardbred horses and to administer futurities and stake events in Michigan. The MHHA negotiates horsemen's contracts with pari-mutuel racetracks, functions as a liaison between the horsemen and Michigan county fairs, and represents the interests of all harness horsemen in state administrative, budgetary and legislative matters of concern to the horse racing industry.
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