About Us

Message from the President

“I would like to welcome all existing and new racing fans to our community and encourage you to share the passion we horse enthusiasts experience each race day. A day at the races is a fantastic day out for the entire family, friends, and colleagues or simply to support the Barbados horse racing community.

Experiencing a true Caribbean race day is vibrant and exciting coupled with the closeness of the track to the Stands; we are unrivalled by anywhere else in the world. I encourage you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a memorable day and experience the good fortune of being a part of this wonderful sport. ”

We look forward to welcoming you to the Historic Garrison Savannah – See You at the Races!”

Sir David Seale was elected president of the Barbados Turf Club August 2008. He is a long time Director of the Barbados Turf Club and continues to lead the BTC into the next era. Sir David is the Chairman of RL Seale & Co Ltd and has been an active member of the horse racing community since 1962.

Board of Directors

  • Sir David Seale KT J.P. – (President)
  • Mr. Stephen Walcott QC. – (Vice President)
  • Mr. Rawle Batson EM J.P.
  • Mr. Kevin Burke
  • Mr. John Chandler
  • Mr. John Humphrey
  • Mr. David Murray
  • Mr. Daniel Raizman
  • Mrs. Angela Simpson

Life Vice-President

 

The position of Life Vice-President is awarded to members who have given selflessly over the years to the sport of horseracing. The Barbados Turf Club would like to thank our Life Vice-Presidents for their continued commitment and support.

  • Mr. T.A.D. Gale
  • Mr. C. N. Parravicino BCH
  • Mr. Arnold Alleyne
  • Justice C.A. Rocheford GCM
  • Mr. Jameson B. Springer
  • Mr. John A. C. Hutson BCH
  • Mr. Louis Stoute

Historic Garrison Savannah

Barbados Turf Club Historic Garrison SavannahThe Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and organizes three seasons of racing per year. With approximately 25 race meetings throughout the year running from January to April (Spring Season); May to September (Summer Season) and from November to December (Winter Season).

The location is the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them.

Today, the excitement produced by the thousands of exuberant spectators is contagious and this being Barbados, horse racing is used as a great excuse for an array of entertainment and festivities. The people of Barbados love sharing their sport with visitors and a warm welcome awaits.

Racing at the Garrison is not only for the race fan but can be a day of family entertainment. Those who want to enjoy the spectacle from the stands can do so, whilst others who prefer an informal picnic atmosphere can lounge in the shade of the tall trees surrounding the track. The whole family can enjoy Barbadian dishes like pudding and souse, rice and stew, fried fish and fish cakes. Quenching the thirst is not a problem with drinks ranging from refreshing coconut water and icy cold beer to the finest Barbadian rum.

The Track

The track is a 6 furlongs oval grass strip and races are run at distances of 5 furlongs (1000 meters); 5½ furlongs (1100 meters); 7.8 furlongs (1570 meters); 9 furlongs (1800 meters) and 10 furlongs (2000 meters), with the horses running in a clockwise (right handed) direction.

The BTC Facilities


Meeting Room Hire

Looking to host an intimate business meeting or training course, enquire about our meeting space overlooking the Historic Garrison Savannah.

Infield Pavillion

Coming Soon

Directions

The Garrison Historic Area is embedded with history you can check our directions here.

Parking


Barbados Turf Club Parking Information Parking for members is available in the infield by the 5th furlong crossing.

Sponsors – reserved parking is available outside the main grandstand gates.

Parking for patrons is available at the back of the Grandstand Main Entrance on a first come first serve alternatively there are many car parks in the surrounding area.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

This page answers the most commonly asked questions about the racecourse. If your question isn’t answered here, please call us on 1 (246) 426 3980

How do I get to the Garrison Savannah?

The Garrison Historic Area is embedded with history you can check our directions on here.

When should I arrive?

Gates open one hour before the post time of the first local race. Even on relatively quiet days traffic can build up so plan to arrive in good time.

Is there a dress code?

There is no specified dress code for the infield and grandstand. However you may contact our office regarding the dress code(s) for the Incitatus Members’ Lounge, Corporate Boxes, Hospitality Lounge and Owners & Trainers.

Is there parking?

Parking for patrons is available at the back of the Grandstand Main Entrance on a first come first serve alternatively there are many car parks in the surrounding area.

Parking for Members is available on the infield. Access is granted during short intervals between races.

Reserved Parking for Sponsors is available opposite the entrance to the Grandstand.

Should I buy tickets in advance?

Tickets can be bought at the main grand stand entrance on the day or to book and receive tickets in advance call 1 (246) 426 3980

Reservations are highly recommended for the major race days and seating in the Hospitality Lounge and the Incitatus Members’ Lounge.

Can I bring children?

Yes. Children are admitted to Grandstand at a reduced rate. Please contact us with regard to conditions which are applicable to the admittance of children under 18 years to all other areas.

Are dogs allowed?

Pets are not allowed

Is there a lost property office?

If you lose or find something go to the administration office located at the main grand stand entrance. After a race day please call the BTC Office on 1 (246) 426 3980 to enquire about lost property.

Can I use a camera?

You may use a camera without a flash in the normal public enclosures. Flash photography can frighten the horses. Photographs may not be taken for commercial purposes.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

Refunds are issued for events which are postponed or cancelled prior to the start of any race.

What if my ticket is lost or stolen?

The Barbados Turf Club does not accept liability for tickets which are lost or stolen.

Where can I get further information?

General enquiries: 1 (246) 426 3980
Sponsorship: 1 (246) 234 5073

The Barbados Turf Club will broadcast live racing via VOB 92.9 radio station
Watch the races live www.btctvonline.com.