The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is proud to announce that Heather Wilder has joined the harness racing association as Public Relations and Marketing Director.
The MSOA recognizes that horsemen’s associations need to promote attendance and handle at the racetrack, and has budgeted substantial funds toward this effort.
Heather grew up in the sport of harness racing as the daughter of horsemen Dan and Ruth Altmeyer, and the niece of Ohio Hall of Famer Dave Rankin. She spent her summers as a child at The Meadows Racetrack and wintered in Oviedo, Florida where her father conditioned his stable.
After graduating high school in 1997, she enrolled at Bethany College with a major in Public Relations. When an opportunity presented itself in the summer of 1999 at Scioto Downs, she worked as an intern in the publicity department and in the race office. Her duties included writing articles for various industry publications, working in the press box at Scioto Downs and The Little Brown Jug, and as a Customer Service Representative at the US Trotting Association.
Heather has been involved in all aspects of the industry and recently obtained her trainer and driver license. Her husband, Mike, is one of The Meadows' leading drivers.
She begins this new appointment as Public Relations and Marketing Director of the MSOA with a sense of excitement and determination with the goal of improving the experience of current fans and of exposing new people to this sport.
by Jeff ZIDEK, for the MSOA