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ANDERSON, IN --September 14, 2018--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 18 and Wednesday, September 19 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 Indiana. Now in its third 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 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 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 Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free 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 21, 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, carnival fare and giveaways. In conjunction with the field trips, guests of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are invited to donate $5 to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation to receive $5 in casino cash. 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. Additionally, the first 1,000 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur on Friday will receive a Caesars Trotting Classic hat. Racing fans are invited to enjoy $2 hot dogs, fall treats and other dining specials. 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 inaugural 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 Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Do you have a group of young people who would like to learn about harness racing and Standardbreds? 4-H, FFA, scouts, Pony Club, riding stables, schools, or other horse-loving crowds? Then the Harness Horse Youth Foundation has great news for 2019! The organization is exploring new venues for its award-winning programs and looking to expand the reach of its educational efforts. From open houses to day programs to camps, HHYF has a variety of formats developed and field-tested. If you have interest in partnering with HHYF for 2019 for any type of event, please contact the HHYF office no later than October 15, 2018 at (317) 908-0029, or e-mail Ellen Taylor at ellen@hhyf.org. The hope is to have a master plan in place by late fall. Please share this information with other groups, clubs or organizations who might be interested. 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

Sudlersville, MD - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that Hanna Darrow of Dublin, Ohio and Katie Eick of Farmingdale, New Jersey have been awarded the 2018 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship and the Sweet Karen Scholarship respectively. The $2500 Curt Greene Scholarship honors an individual who has demonstrated a passion for harness racing and strives to achieve great things within the industry. Hanna Darrow, the daughter of J. Robert Darrow and Kelly Darrow, demonstrates that passion with her goal of becoming an equine veterinarian. Hanna is entering her third year at the University of Kentucky where she is pursuing degrees in Pre-Vet and Equine Science and Management. While attending school, Hanna has been involved in countless extracurricular activities and community service projects. In addition, she also works as a Veterinary Assistant at Woodland Run Equine Veterinary Facility as well as shadowing 1,500 hours with the clinic's staff of veterinarians. "Knowing his legacy, I am honored to receive the Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship, thank you to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation!" exclaimed Hanna when she heard of her selection. Katie Eick, the daughter of Floyd and Jennifer Eick, has been attending, volunteering and interning at HHYF camps since 2012 which cemented her selection as the 2018 Sweet Karen Scholarship. The $1500 Sweet Karen Scholarship is awarded to students who have attended previous HHYF camps and who look to further harness racing involvement as they move forward with their education. Since attending her first camp (with no harness racing experience), Katie has developed a deep appreciation for Standardbreds and hopes to be able to dedicate her life to helping them. Katie looks to pursue a degree in Equine Science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick where she would ultimately like to become and equine sports and rehabilitation therapist. Katie is very grateful for what the experiences she has had and the people she has met through the HHYF. "Hanna and Katie exemplify the qualities the committee looks for in the selection process. They are hard-working, dedicated, and intelligent young women and HHYF is delighted to be able to assist them with their academic goals," said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. 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

East Rutherford, NJ - The harness racing field has been set for Harness Horse Youth Foundation's "invitational" exhibition to be held Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. One representative from each of the three introductory level programs were selected to participate. From the Goshen Historic Track event: AJ Wright, Age 14, Hometown: Montpelier, Indiana From the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono event: Alivia Smith, Age 12, Hometown: Olyphant, Pennsylvania From the Gaitway Farm event: Genna Kerlin, Age 12, Hometown: Allentown, New Jersey "Each of these young people demonstrated keen interest in harness racing as well as possessing great work ethics and sportsmanship. 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" explained Executive Director Ellen Taylor. The aspiring drivers will be assisted by professionals Corey Callahan, Andrew McCarthy, and Scott Zeron and their horses will be CD's Miss M, I Want Another, and Royal Attire from the HHYF stable. Post time for the HHYF exhibition will be 11:25AM, just prior to the beginning of the day's star-packed card including the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Harness Horse Youth Foundation provides young people and their families information and experiences with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of fans and participants. HHYF is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. For more information about the organization, visit www.hhyf.org. For more information about this release, please contact Ellen Taylor 317.908.0029 From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation      

The 2018 Harness Horse Youth camp had an exciting finale to their week-long stay at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with three thrilling exhibition races on the world-famous 5/8 miles oval.  Accompanied by Pocono drivers, the children donned harness racing colors and thrilled the crowd made up of family and friends. The first Exhibition was won by Logan Keller of Kingston, PA, who drove Pokie’s Topshot accompanied by driver Joe Poliseno.  His brother, Jatym, won the second race with Royal Attire, assisted by driver Matt Romano.  Exhibition 3 was a tightly contested race between Pokie’s Topshot and Alivia Smith (with Matt Romano) and CD’s Miss M, driven by Lucas Rideout and assisted by Joe Poliseno, coming right down to a nose win by Pokie’s Topshot. All campers were joined in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle by Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director Mike Harant and Horsemen’s Representative Pete Antosh, along with Marketing Manager Jennifer Starr, for a special trophy and medal presentation.  A few tears were shed as the children said goodbye to their fellow campers and Ellen Taylor, camp director, and her counselors, Katie Eick, Morgan Kiehl, and John Reames.  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the PHHA are looking forward to next year’s camp, and extend a special thanks to all volunteer horsemen who made this year’s camp such a huge success. **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. by Jennifer Starr, for Mohegan Sun

The harness racing stars of tomorrow are coming!  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, are welcoming the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp to the track in Wilkes Barre, PA from Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 21st. Seven girls and three boys 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. They will learn all about the care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. The camp director, Ellen Taylor, and her counselors, are assisted by Pocono horsemen who volunteer their time for the week with the various learning activities. Also during the week, the campers enjoy several other events, including a night watching the live harness racing action; riding in the starting gate and learning about the duties performed by the starter judge and other track personnel; as well as fun activities after hours, including bowling and a pool party.  The camp concludes on Saturday, July 21st with three exciting races on the famous Pocono oval with the children accompanied by Pocono drivers.  Approximate Post Time for the races is 5:15pm, with an awards ceremony in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle after the races.  All in all, it is a week filled with lots of hard work…and fun! This year, nine children are from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties in Pennsylvania, and one of the campers is from Massachusetts. This 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. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

CREAM RIDGE, NJ -- June 11, 2018 -- New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Standardbred breeding facility Fair Winds Farm on Friday and presented owner Mark Mullen with a proclamation from Gov. Phil Murphy declaring June the Month of the Horse in the Garden State. The horse was designated the state animal in 1977. Other officials attending the ceremony included State Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Eric Houghtaling as well as Monmouth County Freeholders Gerry Scharfenberger and Patrick Impreveduto. The event, arranged through the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, included a tour of Fair Wind Farm, a visit with Dr. Patty Hogan at Hogan Equine Clinic, which is located on the grounds of the farm, and a presentation from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Fair Wind Farms, a 500-acre breeding and boarding facility in Upper Freehold Township, was the state’s Standardbred Breeder of the Year in 2017. It has been in operation for nearly 50 years. “It’s so exciting to be here at Fair Winds Farm,” Fisher said. “It’s a premier institution. We’re treated to foals out in the fields and it’s always wonderful. The equine industry is amazingly important in this state. We have rolling acres of farmland that are supporting equine activities in the state and it’s imbued in the history of New Jersey in so many ways.” Assemblymen Dancer and Houghtaling told those in attendance that Thursday was a “big day” for the state’s equine industry because the legislature had unanimously passed a bill that would permit casinos and racetrack to offer sports betting and the assembly advanced a bill that would exempt horse boarding from state sales tax. Gov. Murphy signed the sports betting bill Monday. “We didn’t get the slots at the tracks to help us, but we have an opportunity now to bring in additional incremental revenues that are direly needed,” Dancer said. “We have a great opportunity, we’re just waiting for the governor to sign the bill. (And) we’re going to do away with the sales tax being charged to everyone that is boarding horses. This affects the entire equine industry. We want to get this done so we can preserve and enhance this great industry that we have.” Houghtaling, too, was buoyed by the sports betting bill and its potential impact on the equine industry. “As I’m thinking about that bill, I’m also thinking about standing on properties like this and preserving these kinds of properties,” Houghtaling said. “We haven’t been able to make (racinos) happen but now we’re going to have sports betting that will be helpful to Freehold and Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. That will be great for our horse industry.” Monmouth County Freeholders Scharfenberger and Impreveduto also presented Mullen with a proclamation celebrating the equine industry and the Month of the Horse. “When I think of Monmouth County, certainly you think of the shore, but the other half of that equation is these beautiful farms we have out here,” Scharfenberger said. “It’s very important we keep it that way and support horse farms and horseracing and support the open space all this provides us.” Other speakers during the event included SBOANJ Executive Administrator Al Ochsner and Mullen. Fair Winds, which is home to 35 broodmares, last year enjoyed its best yearling sale at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with $1.74 million in gross sales and sales-leading average of $92,000 for 19 horses. “We’ve faced many challenges over the years keeping racing and breeding in New Jersey strong,” said Mullen, who also serves as the SBOANJ’s first vice president. “These recent legislatives success that we had yesterday with the sports wagering and the revision of the sales tax are significant and important improvements for us. “We have one other legislative effort that we’re hoping to lobby for, which is a little bit of a budget resolution that would help our purses for racing, both Standardbred and Thoroughbred, and we need some additional support in the assembly to help that go through. Thank you all for coming out.” Fisher and other visitors remained on the farm for more than an hour, touring the facilities and talking with members of the racing community. “I think we’re going to see some brighter days going forward,” Fisher said. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOA/NJ

Sudlersville, MD --- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2018 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available. This year's 35-card set features many of the stars racing in 2018, including Hannelore Hanover (2017 Dan Patch and Somebeachsomewhere awards Horse of the Year), the undefeated Manchego, Marion Marauder and many others. Human honorees include trainer Brian Brown, drivers Yannick Gingras and Doug McNair, as well as the newly elected Hall of Famers Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg and Jules Siegel, just to name a few. As customary, all 2017 equine divisional champions in the United States and Canada are showcased on these collectible cards. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information, similar to trading cards seen in other sports today. This year's card sets were assembled by various Delaware 4-H clubs, which earned community service hours for their assistance with the project. HHYF graduate Maddy Lester from the Holler-N-Hooves Club spearheaded the organizational effort in which more than 20 volunteers participated. 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, 217 E. Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. HHYF also offers packs of 10 random cards as handouts for youth groups, farm tours, and other promotional events. A limited number of 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

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

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