The Harddraverij (Harness race) is a free single-day event in Warmond where sports and popular entertainment go together. The Harness race is not part of a festival week, but an independent event. A few related activities are organised by the racing association, such as pony riding, under the auspices of the local petting zoo, and bouncy castles for the children.
The Harness race consists of many different parts, ranging from the preparation, the race itself, the prize-giving, the clearing up, to the evaluation. Each part has its own dynamics when it comes to organisational aspects.
For the public, there are all kinds of facilities during the Harness race, such as a tent for bad weather and for the catering elements, an ice-cream vendor, toilet facilities and a first aid post. All spectators are located along the track behind fences and can follow the often-exciting rides from very close by. Anyone over 18 can place a bet with the totalisator, making it even more exciting for a spectator. There are various betting opportunities, but most bets are made on the eventual winner. For outsiders, there are programmes on sale with which the progress of the race can be precisely monitored. Locals get the programme delivered to their homes free of charge. An insert in the programme booklet allows children (up to 12 years of age) to guess for free which horse will win the short track and they get a nice prize as a reward for the right horse. For the welfare of the horses, a veterinarian will be present. If necessary, there is a heat protocol.