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CREAM RIDGE, NJ — May 14, 2018 — May 12th, from 1 pm to 3 pm Fair Winds Farm hosted an equine event for youngsters from the 4-H and scouting community.  Approximately 60 youngsters and parents attended. The first hour was a presentation by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Ellen Taylor, Kati Eick, and Travis Ceppaluni and his Standardbred Let's Elope, gave a harnessing demonstration.  Attendees were also introduced to equine careers and learned about drivers' colors. The second half of the schedule, attendees met driver and trainer Stacy Chiodo.  Also with Stacy was Maggie Romano with her Standardbred, Wicked Business. They showed racing equipment and discussed the harness racing business. Attendees were excited to take a tour of Fair Winds Farm, with Mark Mullen and Suzanne D’Ambrose.  Facts about mares and foals were also discussed, as they walked along the fields filled with active mares and foals.  And an overview of the breeding farm operation was given by Mr. Mullen. The tour ended with Dr. Patty Hogan giving a presentation and tour of her equine medical clinic.  She explained the different types of medical equipment and their uses. The finale of the day was a giveaway of a complimentary week at at HHYF camp at Gaitway Farms.  One attendee from Allentown,NJ was the winner who will be announced at a later date. Courtney Stafford

Sudlersville, MD - On Friday morning, May 11, be sure to tune into www.horseradionetwork.com to hear Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Secretary/Trustee Allison Conte and HHYF graduate Travis Ceppaluni talk about the upcoming camp season and other updates from HHYF. The live show begins at 9 a.m. (EDT) but it is also recorded so later listening can be done via iTunes or on the website. For further information, please contact HHYF at 317.908.0029 or ellen@hhyf.org Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Ken Weingartner

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Program date is coming soon - don't be shut out from attending an exciting summer camp where it is harness racing and horsemanship 24/7! Dates and locations of the 2018 events are: July 4 - 7 Leadership Program Goshen Historic Track, Goshen NY (applicants must be 14 -18 years of age or a previous attendee of HHYF introductory Level). All introductory camps are for ages 12 - 14; no previous horse experience is necessary. July 10 - 14 Introductory Level Goshen Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. July 17 - 21 Introductory Level The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. July 24 - 28 Introductory Level Gaitway Farm, Manalapan, N.J. Applications are available at https://hhyf.org/schedule-applications. Questions may be directed to ellen@hhyf.org or by calling 317.908.0029. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.  

Sudlersville, MD - The deadline for HHYF scholarship applications is approaching fast - completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The HHYF scholarships are the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,500 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. For questions please e-mail the HHYF office at ellen@hhyf.org. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is regularly updated. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For further information on this press release, contact Ellen Taylor 317.908.0029 or ellen@hhyf.org.  

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have now opened the application process for members of the Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee, which was created with the purpose of bringing a youth perspective to the USTA board, as well as provide marketing and social media opportunities for harness racing events. If selected for service on the subcommittee, delegates will be involved in projects with USTA staff and directors to improve the youth experience in harness racing and promote harness racing to a younger audience. Delegates will benefit from possible academic credit, opportunities for published work and leadership training. Applicants must be between the ages of 16-20 and must be or become a USTA member or USTA youth member. One delegate will be selected for each USTA district. Districts are listed at www.ustrotting.com/directors.cfm. The term of service for those selected will be two years. Written applications are due May 1 and must include a statement of recommendation from an industry participant. The online application can be found at http://members.ustrotting.com/youth.cfm or by clicking here. Contact Ellen Taylor at ellen@hhyf.org or Allison Conte at aconte917@gmail.com with questions or for more information. from the USTA Communications Department and HHYF

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a part-time Office Manager with in depth knowledge of social media and experience with administrative tasks, as well as general knowledge of the horse industry. The Office Manager will oversee office operations, including maintenance of HHYF website and social media accounts as well as assist with program services including camps. This will be a salaried, remote position and require 20-25 hours of work per week. Full job description below. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to ellen@hhyf.org. Office Manager Description: The Office Manager works closely with the Executive Director, HHYF board of trustees and other staff members. This individual is responsible for the daily administrative tasks which assures a well-managed and well-organized organization. He/she will oversee office operations, assist with program service including camps and other activities, maintain website, develop and manage social media programs. Individual recommends changes in office practice and procedures. The Office Manager is a critical team member whose focus is to ensure the efficient operations of the organization. As this is a remote position, independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload. Employee will need to provide his/her own personal computer with MS Office suite, printer, internet access, and phone line. Duties & Responsibilities Handle phone, email and postal mail inquiries and respond appropriately. Oversee dissemination of promotional materials and press releases on a regular basis. Assist with basic finance operations (filing, requests from accountants etc.). Manage and execute special projects as assigned. Act as a project manager for special projects which may include: planning and coordinating presentations and special event planning. Coordinate the planning of the youth camps, including camp registrations, lodging, transportation and specific details to make camps run smoothly. Maintain files, donor databases as well as other recordkeeping information. Maintain the HHYF website including posting news articles, updating contacts and links, etc. as well as managing its Search Engine Optimization. Plan, manage and implement all social media activities including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Coordinate e-newsletter compilation and distribution. All other duties as assigned. Note: The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position. An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Job Requirements The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, education, knowledge, skill and/or abilities required. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in business administration/office management/marketing. Ability to self-manage and work with little day to day supervision. Capable of managing multiple projects at the same time. Strong interpersonal skills and work well with other staff members and trustees. Strong writing and communication skills. High level of flexibility and time management. Represents the organization in a professional manner. Comfortable speaking to clients, vendors, donors, etc. Strong knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong knowledge of social media landscapes, networks, toolsets. Strong knowledge of website management is a plus. Physical & Mental Demands The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. This is a largely sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, type and engage in repetitive motion. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or grasp. The employee is intermittently required to stoop or crouch; push or pull; or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and intermittently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. Keith Gisser    

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation trustees recently elected four new individuals to its 15-member working board. Jennifer Connor, Suzanne D’Ambrose, John Reames, and Gabe Wand along with reelected incumbents Nicola Abrams, Tony Alagna, and Emily Gaskin will each dedicate their efforts to educating today’s youth about harness racing by actively working on various HHYF projects. Jennifer Connor, Pine Bush, NY, comes from a family of horsemen who have volunteered on many occasions with HHYF activities. “My parents even trained Sweet Karen one year so I see how important HHYF work is. One big goal is to keep the kids involved after their camp experience. We need to find ways to give them more access and the ability to network.” Jennifer is an equine pharmaceutical representative, races under saddle, and is an owner and breeder. Suzanne D’Ambrose, Neptune, NJ, is an enthusiastic Standardbred supporter in several capacities even before joining the HHYF board. A 4-H advisor and Corresponding Secretary for Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey, she also retrains retired harness horse under saddle and, along with her equine sidekick Independent Act, participates in meet-and-greets at local events. “I have 26 years of teaching experience and we need to get kids excited about learning horsemanship. I want to help HHYF solidify its curriculum to make sure it is standardized in order to expand our reach and retain quality instructors.” John Reames, Dayton, OH, has been on the road as HHYF program assistant for the past two summers and prior to that both of his sons participated in the camps. “It’s a whole lot more than people realize; the logistics that go into running the camps are enormous. I am retired but my experience with structured companies, processes and procedures, how to get things done gives me a different perspective on how to help HHYF adapt going forward.” Gabe Wand, Dodgeville, WI, is an active owner, trainer, and driver as well as serving as Wisconsin Harness Horsemen’s Association President for the past 14 years (in a state with no pari-mutuel wagering) so he emphasizes the importance of creating new fans. “We have done many camps under HHYF guidance for years and introduced more than 1000 kids to racing. We need to remember that we are not just looking to produce new drivers, trainers or caretakers – but also new enthusiasts…and that can be hard to measure in the long term.” At its annual meeting, HHYF also reelected its 2018 slate of officers: Ron Battoni – President; Adam Bowden – Vice President; Allison Conte – Secretary; Nicola Abrams – Treasurer. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Sudlersville, MD- While many Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camp alumni have made their marks in the harness racing industry over the past 40 years, a whole new generation is now showing up on programs regularly. Artie Dick, 21, who attend camp at Balmoral Park in Illinois, recently picked up his first Meadowlands driving win with Major Legacy. Besim Odza, who is just 18, earned his first training victory at Freehold with Steady Pulse; Odza attended camp in Goshen, New York. And Delaware native Eric Davis, 21, who has been driving on the New England circuit debuted as trainer and driver last week at the Meadowlands with Arpeggio Hanover. HHYF is proud of these young men, just a few from the long list of individuals who got their first tastes of harness racing by attending HHYF summer programs. Is there someone in the business who you are proud of? There's no better way to honor him/her than by making a contribution to HHYF or perhaps you will include HHYF in your year-end giving? To make a donation, go to www.hhyf.org and hit the donate button, or you can send a check or money order to our current address, 217 East Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Sudlersville, MD- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), the harness racing industry leader in youth development is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the three 2018 scholarships HHYF offers. Completed applications are not due at the HHYF office until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainers or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. HHYF has awarded over $625,000 in scholarship grants since its 1976 founding. For questions please e-mail the HHYF office at ellen@hhyf.org. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is regularly updated. That list is available at http://hhyf.org/scholarships-and-education. For over 40 years, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, ia charitable 501(c)3 organization, has been dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation is at the forefront of youth education and service to harness racing , making a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For further information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or e-mail keith@hhyf.org.      

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for the fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 28. The initiative is back by popular demand after Hoosier Park successfully hosted fieldtrips in 2016 as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebration. The field trips will once again offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. The event will give more than 600 young children the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn the importance of the Standardbred industry in Indiana's economy. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and volunteers will provide interactive history lessons of harness racing in Indiana along with demonstrations of the various aspects involved in harness racing. The students will have the opportunity to sit in a race bike and learn about the equipment a harness horse wears when racing through live demonstrations. Students will also get a "behind the scenes" look at harness racing through backside tours provided by Hoosier Park trainer, Jamie Macomber. Some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers will also be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs for the students. Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free t-shirt, a lucky horseshoe, and souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana's most famous racehorses which can be used in the classroom following the field trips. In conjunction with the field trips, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students on Friday, September 29. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways. Additionally, Hoosier Park will host an exhibition race prior to the start of live racing featuring some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers paired with three local principals in double-seated jog carts. A free, hot air balloon glow will culminate the entire evening at the conclusion of live racing. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce that Jessica Hallett has been named recipient of the Curt Greene Scholarship and Travis Ceppaluni has won the Sweet Karen Scholarship for 2017. Hallett, of Margate, Florida, is a freshman at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where she plans to study for a dual-track pre-law/pre-med degree. Hallett, a softball pitcher, was named her high school's outstanding athlete in 2016. She has a wide range of community involvement including hundreds of hours in the Broward County Sheriff's Explorer program and also in the companion Fire Cadet program. She is the daughter of trainers' John and Michelle Hallett. The $2500 Curt Greene Scholarship is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a passion for harness racing and has financial need. It honors the late Hall of Fame journalist and racing official. Hallett was thrilled, saying, "It is an honor to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship." Travis Ceppaluni, the recipient of this year's $750 Sweet Karen Scholarship for HHYF program alumni, has a broad range of experience in harness racing. He currently holds a Fair/Qualifying- driver's license and recently joined the racing office staff at Freehold Raceway. While he hopes to pursue harness racing full-time, he understands the importance of a college degree. A graduate (and salutatorian) of Ocean County Academy of Law and Public Safety, Travis plans to attend Ocean County College in Tom's River, New Jersey, where he will study business. He plans to eventually attend Rutgers University to continue his business studies and to study equine science. He is the son of Shannon and Chris Hubert and of Jackson, New Jersey. Ceppaluni was thoughtful as he discussed his experience. "HHYF has been a big part of my life for years. The continued support I receive from everyone at HHYF means so much to me. With Sweet Karen by my side I attended camps, worked as a summer intern, trained on several well-known racetracks and taught others about harness racing since I was 12. I am honored to receive the Sweet Karen scholarship award and feel it is a privilege to be a part of such a great organization which has given me the support I need to follow my dreams." For more information on HHYF Scholarships, go to https://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The organization also maintains a harness racing scholarship database at https://hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this press release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keith@hhyf.org

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce Maja Bown and Hannah Wieder as recipients of the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf, honors the pacer who retired as the richest pacer of all time; Scharf campaigned Gallo Blue Chip during his illustrious career. Bown and Wieder will be honored at a special dinner and winners circle ceremony at The Meadowlands later this year. "I'm so honored to have received this scholarship as it relieves some of the financial burden of obtaining my college education, " said Bown who will receive the $15,000 stipend. She is currently studying nursing and wellness at the University of New Hampshire which will allow her to enter a nursing program after graduation. She hopes to positively affect more people through nursing than she would have been able to as a dietician. She is particularly interested in oncology, as she lost her father to cancer while she was in the sixth grade. Bown was the recipient of the Curt Greene Scholarship from HHYF in 2016. She has worked at a number of New Jersey stables during summer break. "I was so unbelievably excited to hear the news about the scholarship. My parents have done and sacrificed so much for me over the years that I want to make them proud" said $5,000 Gallo Blue Chip recipient Hannah Wieder, of Yonkers, New York. She will attend Quinnipiac University to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Once she has her degree, she will move into an accelerated nursing program. Getting involved in medicine is something that is near and dear to Wieder, as she was born three months prematurely and spent several months in neonatal intensive care. A graduate of Maria Regina High School, Hannah is an after school religious teacher, a Eucharistic minister and has volunteered at White Plains Hospital, where she was born. Her father Alex campaigns a small stable at Yonkers Raceway. For more information on HHYF Scholarships, go to https://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The organization also maintains a harness racing scholarship database at https://hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Four talented and dedicated students have been selected to represent their Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camps in this year's harness racing driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambeltonian Day, Saturday, August 5. They are Lily Kairewich of Chittenango, NY; Sundene Lodge of Milton, DE; Danny Eick of Howell, NJ; and Connor Lutz of Etters, PA. The non-wagering event is a one-half mile dash, the standard Trottingbred distance, from behind the mobile starting gate, and is set for post just prior to the 12:00 Hambletonian wagering card. Here is the field for Saturday's event: PP1. Pokie's Topshot driven by Lily Kairewich, age 12, representing Vernon Downs. Assistant Driver: David Miller PP2 CD'S Miss M driven by Sundene Lodge, age 13, representing Harrington Raceway. Assistant Driver: Scott Zeron PP3. I Want Another driven by Danny Eick, age 12, representing Gaitway Farm. Assistant Driver:Andy Miller PP4 Royal Attire driven by Connor Lutz, age 12, representing The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Assistant Driver: Tim Tetrick According to HHYF Executive Directors Ellen Taylor the participants selected for this event showed exemplary horsemanship at their camps and are ideal candidates to represent the organization. Taylor and the HHYF also wish to thank Miller, Zeron, Miller and Tetrick, as well as Meadowlands management for their continued support of the organization. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

The 2017 Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, wrapped up Saturday with three exhibition races featuring all 10 children accompanied by harness racing drivers. The camp was held at the track in Northeast PA from Tuesday, July 18 to Saturday, July 22, with all campers experiencing and learning everything about harness racing. Here are the results of the races: (race 1 and 2 are in this email. Race 3 in separate email. Race 1 - Royal Attire won the race, driven by Connor Luze of Etters, PA, accompanied by Anthony Napolitano. (Photo 1, Curtis Salonick pic. Left to right, next to bike - Connor Lutz; Anthony Napolitano; Logan Symons and Isabella Fallon. Race 2 - CD's Miss M won, driven by Emma Caruthers-Swortz of Kingston, PA, accompanied by Austin Siegelman. Left to right - Aiden Gregorowicz; Chris Capone; Alexis Wesnak; driver Austin Siegelman; and Emma Caruthers-Swortz, winning driver. Race 3 – Pokie’s Topshot was the winner, driven by Amanda Blackford, accompanied by Jim Marohn, Jr. Left to right, Cathy Vest; Trinity Bugno; Jim Marohn Jr.; Amanda Blackford. Jennifer Starr  

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp returns to the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, PA the week of July 18-22.  Eleven children between the ages of 12 and 14 will be spending the week learning all about harness racing while working hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses.  Among the topics covered will be care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers.  During the week, the campers enjoy several other events, including dinner at Pacers Clubhouse and a night watching the live harness racing action; riding in the starting gate and learning about the duties performed by the starter judge; as well as fun activities after hours, including bowling and a pool party. This year, the children are all from across the state of Pennsylvania with the exception of one from Maryland.  The camp is one of several across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Jennifer Starr – The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2017 set of HARNESS HEROES trading cards is now available. This year's 35-card set features last year's equine stars Always B Miki, the Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Betting Line, Hannelore Hanover, Pure Country and others. Human honorees include Brian Sears, David Miller, Team Teague and Jimmy Takter, to name just a few. The cards even give a nod to Hall of Fame horses of the past like Dale Frost and Darnley. As customary, all 2016 equine divisional champions in the United States and Canada are showcased on these collectible cards, as are most of the top-award winning human stars of the sport. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information, baseball card style. This year's card sets are being assembled by Delaware area youth: the Peach Blossom and the Hollowing-n-Hooves 4-H Clubs. The participation by the clubs gives them the opportunity to raise funds as well as helping HHYF connect with local interested young people. To order your set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set, to Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 217 E. Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, e-mail Ellen@hhyf.org. For more information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or hhyfkeith@earthlink.net

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