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Anderson, IN - Effective Dec. 1, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is using the talents of the Top Line Media Team to coordinate and manage its social media platforms and website content. "By enlisting the services of Top Line Media, HHYF hopes to build on our efforts to reach outside of the 'regular racing' comfort zone to find new harness racing enthusiasts," explained Adam Bowden, HHYF president. "Top Line Media Team has a diversified staff in many areas that HHYF needs. Unbeknownst to us prior to the interview, one of those team members is Daina (Kazmaier) Behe, a former HHYF scholarship recipient, so we can hit the ground at an even faster pace," he added. Erinn Berge, founder of Top Line Media Team said, "Our company is excited and honored to partner with Harness Horse Youth Foundation for their online web & marketing needs. We look forward to being a part of their strategic growth to enhance visibility for current and new audiences." 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation      

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available for holiday gift-giving. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information; both sides are laminated. The subjects include the following champions from the 2018 season: Ariana G, Atlanta, Captain Crunch, Dorsodoro Hanover, Emoticon Hanover, Exhilarated, Forbidden Trade, Gimpanzee, Homicide Hunter, Illusioneesta, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, McWicked, Run Director, Shartin N, Shower Play, Six Pack, Stag Party, Tall Drink Hanover, The Ice Dutchess, Warrawee Ubeaut, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm and Foiled Again. The featured humans include: Blair Burgess, Ray Cotolo, Ted Gewertz, Mark Hall, Joe Holloway, Dave Little, Marcus Melander, Marlys Pinske, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano, and Ted Wing. To order your complete set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set along with your name and address to: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013. HHYF also offers packs of 10 random cards as handouts for youth groups, farm tours, and other promotional events. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, please e-mail Ellen Taylor at Ellen@hhyf.org. 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 the lives of many since 1976 by dedicating its efforts and resources to projects which enable the growth of those who want to get involved and learn about the industry. These efforts include the creation of interactive learning experiences, 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. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Anderson, IN - Robert (Bob) Lasky has been selected as the recipient of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 Service To Youth Award. He will accept his plaque at the Dan Patch Awards on February 23, 2020 in Orlando. "Without Bob's willingness to assist with the trucking, this past summer's programs would likely have been very limited. Bob stepped up to get the organization shipped through the first few weeks in the Midwest and got the horses safely to the East coast so we could continue our travels," explained HHYF President Adam Bowden. "He then put us in contact with others in the horse transportation field so we could get to each of our locations in July and August. Bob epitomizes a caring guy who is willing to help whenever and wherever he can." When informed of his honor, Bob was humbled. "I am very pleased. My time this summer with HHYF was fantastic. Seeing the participants around the horses renewed my appreciation for the importance of introducing young people to harness racing. I thoroughly enjoyed 'living life on the HHYF edge' (our informal summer slogan)," he joked. The Service To Youth Award is given annually to an outstanding individual, group, or farm who has contributed significantly to the mission of HHYF. The award depicts old-time trainer Curly Smart sitting on a bucket in a shed row as he gives instruction to an attentive young student. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation    

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, in cooperation with Diamond Creek Farm, presented a harness racing demonstration titled "Lines, Not Reins" at the recent International Certified Horsemanship Association's Conference held at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. "We took the opportunity to expose a new audience of professional horsepersons and clinicians and explain driving from the racing side," Ellen Taylor, HHYF executive director, said. "With the assistance of Homer and Missy (HHYF Trottingbreds) and Emily Gross from Diamond Creek and Jennifer Connor, HHYF trustee, we discussed harness parts, hitching and then provided participants the chance to drive, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who got on the jog cart!" CHA's mission is accomplished by promoting excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, and a weekly blog. Attendees at the conference numbered 150 from 27 states and two provinces. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following 2019 sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, US Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Preferred Equine Marketing, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For further information about HHYF, please visit www.hhyf.org or call the office at 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking to fill 3 positions. Digital Content Coordinator 2020 Summer Assistant 2020 Truck Driver Complete job descriptions and applications are available on the website or by clicking this link https://www.hhyf.org/employment-opportunities.html. Applicant should provide cover letter, resume, and two references along with the application. All documents can be emailed to ellen@hhyf.org or by mailing to 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013. No applications will be accepted through social media platforms. The digital content coordinator application should be submitted no later than November 20, 2019. The summer positions' application deadline for submission is February 1, 2020. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following 2019 sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, US Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Preferred Equine Marketing, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 13, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will welcome nearly 600 fourth grade students from the Madison County community on Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18 to participate in interactive field trips designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the harness racing industry in Central Indiana. Now in its fourth year, the field trips will offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. 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 to 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 trainers. Some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers will also be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs for the students. The students will enjoy lunch at Hoosier Park followed by a mock race. Each student will receive a free book bag compliments of the Indiana Standardbred Association and Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free Harness Horse Youth Foundation t-shirt, a lucky horseshoe and educational information about harness racing, equipment, and terms. To encourage further learning, souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana's most famous racehorses will also be sent home with the students. On Friday, September 20, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment and giveaways. In conjunction with the field trips, guests of Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be invited to donate to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The goal is to raise funds to provide the HHYF to further their mission to provide young people and their families with information and experiences with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of fans and participants. In conjunction with the community festivities, Hoosier Park will host a weekend of Grand Circuit racing action for the second time this season. On Friday, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the second edition of the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, The $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and the $175,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. First post is 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and stable member Royal Attire will be participating in several ways at Fayette Fest at The Red Mile (Lexington, KY) on Sunday, September 15. The event will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Sires Stakes finals. "Royal Attire and HHYF graduate AJ Wright, from Montpelier, IN will be in the 'parade of breeds' and we will have an adjacent booth full of activities for all ages. If technology works, we will be debuting the virtual 3D race with goggles; many thanks to Harrah's Hoosier Park for partnering with us in this pilot project. In addition, we'll have a spin the wheel game with T-shirts and other prizes plus a table full of related harness racing information so fans in the area should plan to stop by" explained Ellen Taylor, HHYF Executive Director. "Of course, Royal Attire will be ready for lots of attention too!" In addition to the horse components during the day, there will be live entertainment, beer gardens, Kentucky Proud Market and many family-friendly areas. Hours for the festival are from noon to 6 p.m. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees, Ada Jean Ackerman, Chris Wittstruck. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From Harness Horse Youth Foundation

East Rutherford, NJ - The field has been set for Harness Horse Youth Foundation's "invitational" exhibition to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Representatives from the recently concluded Leadership program were selected to participate. The invitational participants' information: Post Position 1 Genna Kerlin will drive Royal Attire; assistant driver is Dexter Dunn Genna is 12 years old and lives in Allentown, N.J. Post Position 2 Collin Young will drive Ima's Hit; assistant driver is Corey Callahan Collin is 14 years old and lives in Wallkill, N.Y. Post Position 3 Paige Kopiec will drive I Want Another; assistant driver is David Miller Paige is 16 years old and lives in London, Ohio Post Position 4 Dedrick Sanders will drive CD's Miss M; assistant driver is Tim Tetrick Dedrick is 15 years old and lives in Walnut Grove, Mississippi "HHYF is proud of the efforts put forth by this year's selected young people. Each one showed great improvement and interest as the Leadership week progressed. It is always a pleasure to reward outstanding efforts with the total experience of Hambletonian Day, not to mention the thrill of being on the track with harness racing's finest drivers" explained Executive Director Ellen Taylor. Post time for the HHYF exhibition will be 11:25 a.m. (EDT), just prior to the beginning of the day's star-packed card including the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees, Ada Jean Ackerman, Chris Wittstruck. Stable conditioners: Dylan Davis Stable, Emily Hay Stable, Kris Hinchcliff Stable, Jason Skinner Stable, Andrew Stafford Stable, and Wyatt Starkey. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Anderson, Indiana - Keli Jo Bell will receive the 2019 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. She is the daughter of Barry and Toni Bell from Windsor, Illinois and grew up racing horses along the Illinois fair circuit. At 14, she raised, broke and trained her very own harness racing horse Princess Sage who went on to win the Night of Champions and be named 2016 Illinois Horse of the Year. "This mare showed me I love what I am doing and I want to continue because I love to start colts." In Kurt Becker's letter of recommendation for Keli, he said "I don't make recommendations lightly but I do recommend Keli because this would be in keeping with both his (Curt Greene's) work ethic and love of the game." Keli will attend Lakeland College as a freshman this fall and plans to obtain a degree in Animal/Equine Science. Joanna Ricci will receive the 2019 $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship, which is designed to assist graduates of HHYF programs. Entering her junior year this fall at University of Kentucky and studying Equine Science and Management, Joanna is also busy this summer working as one of the Meadowlands Marketing and Promotions interns as well as working as a vet assistant for Dr. Meri Rantakallio. Joanna said, "HHYF opened my eyes to various career possibilities and gave me a network of connections that have helped guide me. I plan to attend law school and be an advocate for our industry and help the industry that has always stood behind me. I am honored and thankful to receive the scholarship." Joanna Ricci Joanna is the daughter of Brian and Kathy Ricci of Allentown, New Jersey. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029.   From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, http://www.kenvoice.com/. The day's events will start at 9 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2 year olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $25. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. For more information or to sign up, contact Matt Zuccarello via phone or e-mail at 516-314-0478 and e-mail at mzuccarello25@gmail.com  

Anderson, IN - It's June which means time for fun with HHYF's stable of Trottingbreds! The new truck is "decaled up," the trailer is packed, the harness racing horses are gathered from their spring training, and the assistants are ready! "From the volunteers who condition the horses to the host location preparation and generous sponsors, HHYF is very lucky to have great support," expressed HHYF President Adam Bowden. "This year, we owe a big thank you to Bob Lasky and Rebecca Odud who stepped up late in the planning stages to drive the rig. Of course, we would be lost without our exceptional summer assistant Katie Eick who has been hanging out every summer with HHYF since she was 12. The program has many moving parts and it is always a relief to get on the road with our educational programs." Truck sponsors included All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable conditioners were Dylan Davis Stable, Emily Hay Stable, Kris Hinchcliff Stable, Jason Skinner Stable, Andrew Stafford Stable, and Wyatt Starkey. Locations for 2019 are Bucyrus, OH; Van Wert, OH; Greenville, OH; Marysville, OH; Harrington Raceway, DE; Shenandoah Downs, VA; Gaitway Farm, NJ; Goshen Historic Track, NY; New Meadowlands, NJ; The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The new truck is "decaled up," the trailer is packed 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Anderson, IN - Due to the generosity of forward-thinking supporters, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its goal of raising funds to purchase a new truck needed for the upcoming harness racing season has been reached. As of April 15, the following farms and organizations stepped up to the "Win" and "Place Levels" of sponsorship and are responsible for this important component needed to execute the popular HHYF Summer Programs: All American Harnessbreds Brittany Farms Diamond Creek Farm Indiana Standardbred Association Kentuckiana Farm Lindy Farms Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association PM Advertising Jim & Georgia Simpson Southern Oaks Training Center "The truck was delivered to the HHYF office this week," announced HHYF President Adam Bowden. "Executive Director Ellen Taylor is now working on designing the layout of the logos so each of the contributors will be displayed on the truck. I would be remiss if I did not mention how much we appreciated the cooperation of Fred Hertrich and his staff in finding such a great truck for HHYF." 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, is seeking applicants between the ages of 16-20 to participate as members of its Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee. Deadline for application is Wednesday (May 1). The online application is available by clicking here. Written applications must include a statement of recommendation from an industry participant. Currently there are open positions in USTA Districts: 2 (Michigan, Indiana) 3 (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska) 4A (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas) 8 (New York) 8A (New York) 11 (Delaware, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) If selected to serve 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 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. For additional information, contact USTA Director Gabe Wand at gabewand@yahoo.com or 608.574.5468.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - Youngsters looking to experience something different this summer are invited to annual Harness Racing Horse Youth Foundation Camp in August. The three-day camp will be held at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  The camp is the perfect opportunity for youngsters who love horses to learn about driving and taking care of a racehorse. The three-day camp is open to youngsters age 11-17.  It will be held on August 5-7. This year there will be something new, a one day camp for youngsters age 10-17 to give youngsters the opportunity to experience a day at the race track.  Jennifer Starr, Racing Marketing Manager talked with Eyewitness News about the upcoming camp! The Foundation started in 1976. Its programs include interactive learning experiences with race horses, equine scholarship administration, and creation and distribution of educational materials related to harness racing. To learn more and for an application for camp please click here  Link: Harness Horse Youth Foundation Youth Harness Racing Camp Through the Years Eyewitness Sports: Harness Horse Youth Camp Learning life lessons at horse camp The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the PHHA Welcome the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Hosts Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Harness Horse Youth Foundation By Jayne Ann Bugda Reprinted with permission of PA Homepage

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a full summer of events! Beginning with the "Ohio Grand Tour" in early June and then headed east, the HHYF schedule is full of introductory days and a couple of 3-day overnight experiences along with the popular Leadership Program which allows a more in-depth look at opportunities for involvement in harness racing. Preregistration is required for all events. Applications and more information are available by clicking here       Dates, type of event, and locations are as follows: June 1                    1-Day                     Canfield, OH June 3                    1-Day                     Bucyrus, OH June 5                    1-Day                     Napoleon, OH June 6                    1-Day                     Paulding, OH June 7                    1-Day                     Van Wert, OH June 9                    1-Day                     Greenville, OH June 11                  1-Day                     Marysville, OH June 15 to 17          3-Day                     Harrington Raceway, DE July 8                     1-Day                     Shenandoah Downs, VA July 10                    1-Day                     Shenandoah Downs, VA July 15                    1-Day                     Gaitway Farm, NJ July 17                    1-Day                     Gaitway Farm, NJ July 19                    1-Day                     Gaitway Farm, NJ    July 25                    1-Day                     Goshen Historic Track, NY July 27 – 31            Leadership              Goshen Historic Track, NY                   August 2 - 3            *Hambletonian Invitational  Meadowlands Racetrack, NJ (By invitation only – must attend Leadership event to be considered) August 5 to 7          3-Day                     The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono, PA August 8                 1-Day                      The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, PA August 17               1-Day                     Diamond Creek Farm, PA “HHYF is very dedicated to raising the awareness of harness racing and providing young people with meaningful hands-on education. By concentrating on 1-day events this year, HHYF hopes to build a ground swell of enthusiasm which allows for further program development next year,” explained Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “We are still seeking an experienced truck driver who would be willing to travel; this person plays an important role of the summer team and is paid position.” The 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Ellen Taylor Executive Director Harness Horse Youth Foundation 317.908.0029

Summer is right around the corner, which means the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is getting ready for another full season of fun with its Trottingbreds - events in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey are on the schedule with a few more to add! However, these educational programs require financial support from the industry, so HHYF is actively seeking sponsorships of all kinds in the coming weeks. Funds are needed to purchase a new truck, jog carts and other stable equipment as well as to assist with expenses related to very popular hands-on summer activities. Details are outlined in a new easy-to-read leaflet - please contact the HHYF office if you are interested in discussing how you can help as the organization continues its efforts to share the excitement of Standardbreds, harness racing, driving and horses with young people throughout the Midwest and eastern United States. If you are considering sponsorship, click here to see the 2019 opportunities. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a new mailing address: 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013; phone number and email contact information remain the same - phone 317.908.0029 and email ellen@hhyf.org. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

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