Ontario Racing announced today that Heather MacKay Roberts, Marketing Director at Kawartha Downs, is the successful candidate to represent the regional racetrack perspective on the OR Board of Directors.

Heather’s appointment to the Board of Directors further enhances OR’s representation of the horse racing sector and expands the skill set and knowledge base of the Board of Directors in several important areas. In addition to a small racetrack perspective, Heather will bring a wealth of experience in marketing and promotion and a solid background in journalism and communications. 

Heather, who served as Editor of both Trot Magazine and The Harness Edge for more than a decade, is a founding director of, and continues to serve as director of the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Her love of race horses and passion for the industry began through her work at her family’s Standadardbred farm, MacKay Farms, which sold yearlings for more than 30 years.

She currently oversees the harness racing operations at her hometown racetrack of Kawartha Downs while continuing to write about the industry on a freelance basis for a number of racetracks, publications and websites.

The addition of Ms. MacKay Roberts expands the OR Board of Directors to 10 dedicated individuals leading the development of a sustainable future for the horse racing sector. A further expansion of the Board of Directors by two new Director At Large positions was announced last week and provides the opportunity for qualified and interested individuals to put their name forward and represent the best interests of the horse racing sector.
(files, OR)