The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, in conjunction with theHorse Council, is offering a backstretch tour for youth groups or families wishing to get a behind the scenes look at harness racing on Sunday, October 6, the day of the prestigious Futurity for three-year-old trotters at Lexington’s Historic Red Mile race track.
The tour starts at 11:30 AM, with the grandstand entrance as the meeting place. Participants will visit the Stable of Memories barn and museum, visit the front paddock area, get a close-up explanation of harness racing equipment and experience the trotters and pacers, along with their trainers, drivers and caretakers, prepare for the biggest day inharness racing. They will also get a chance to meet with HHYF alumni and staff and learn about the many equine programs the Foundation presents.
Backstretch tour participants are invited to stick around for the race card, which begins at 1 PM.
The tour is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. To reserve a spot for your family or group, call HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317-867-5877 or email her at email@example.com not later than Wednesday, October 2.
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.
TheHorse Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the equine community. The Council is multi-breed and multi-discipline oriented; supporting and every equine endeavor and breed, from miniature horses to draft horses; race horses to backyard pets; 4-H and Pony Club participants; and individuals who are professionals in an equine business, as well as those who simply enjoy their horses for a hobby and relaxation.
by Keith Gisser for HHYF