24 February 2011 - Nagambie harness racing trainer Chris Lang and his wife Sharon were at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales, along with Shepparton Harness Racing Club Manager Ian McDonald when the 6.3 deadly earthquake devestated the city of Christchurch. The Langs and McDonald described the fear of the quake in an ABC radio interview. "It just started to rumble... the noise was deafening," Lang said. "You virtually couldn't stand up... we were holding onto each other trying to stand up and people started screaming and running out of the shed, fearing that it might collapse. "It was very scary at the time." McDonald says it was unlike anything he had experienced before."The horrendous noise of it and massive shaking of the building and probably the thing that sticks with me is that people were getting thrown to the ground the way that they were, it was just like people were on ice."Then when we got outside to see cars that were actually shaking and moving from the position where they were parked was an unbelievable experience as well." Many individuals involved in standardbred racing have been focusing their attention on Christchurch, New Zealand and Addington Raceway in light of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake which rocked the city earlier this week. Harness Racing New Zealand Chief Executive Edward Rennell has commented on the state of HRNZ's head office and Addington Raceway, which is scheduled to host the Inter Dominions from March 25 to April 8.Rennell said, “Our office at HRNZ is 10 minutes from town, where the worst carnage is. Our building itself has a number of cracks and we have almost lost a wall down the side. As a result the office is closed until Monday (February 28), hopefully by when we will have had an engineer into check it from a safety perspective." Rennell went on to explain that the organization's immediate priorities are its computer system so it can service clubs for racing purposes, which is now being done remotely. He also said he was not aware of any industry participants which had lost their lives in relation to the quake.“Addington Raceway has some significant damage to the facilities and the track. The track has a number of cracks and liquefaction in a few places. At this stage there won’t be racing there for the next three weeks while this is all hopefully addressed. In terms of the Inter Dominions which are due to start there on 25 March it will be touch and go with a lot of work required there, and also to the city infrastructure."