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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

Come this Sunday night, February 25, the United States Harness Writers Association will host its annual Dan Patch Awards Night and part of the festivities will be the largest silent auction in the history of the event. Thanks especially, to all the donors who came forth with some super items. "Members from all corners of the harness racing community have really supported our silent auction with donations this year," said Tim Bojarski, president of the USHWA. "and as a result, we have a plethora of quality items for everyone to bid on. With a large live crowd expected and with the opportunity for anyone to bid in advance from home, this auction could prove to be one of the most profitable ever. "And all the proceeds will help fund worthy initiatives within the industry, spearheaded by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA," Bojarski concluded. There are 26 unique items in the silent auction, great vacation and racing packages, superb artwork, special collectables, gift certificates, media services and even private handicapping lessons. Something for everyone. The items in the auction are listed below with the donor(s) for each item. For complete information, item descriptions, available photos and bidding instructions, please visit www.ushwa.org or call Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029.  Rosen Shingle Creek Package (Rosen Shingle Creek) 2018 Preakness Package (Maryland Jockey Club) Phillies/Mets Package (Nick Saponara) Batavia Downs Package (Batavia Downs) Red Mile Package (Red Mile Sponsorship Team) Always B Miki Print (Michelle Hogan) NY Yankees tickets vs Houston Astros plus food and beverages (Bob Boni/Northwood Bloodstock) Autographed baseball from C C Sabathia (Bob Boni/Northwood Bloodstock) Autographed baseball from NY Yankees Aaron Judge (Bob Boni/Northwood Bloodstock) Stained Glass Panel (Barbara Dresser & Callie Davies-Gooch) Cigar Label Collection (Barry Lefkowitz and Harness Racing Museum) Adios Print (Tom Charters) Macau Print (Leon Zimmerman) Cam Fella Print (The Farm Ventures, Off and Pacing, Ryan Clements, Lanon Mulhall) Wine Goblets (Suzanne D'Ambrose) Bow River Necklace (Bow River Jewelry) Ohio Sires Stakes Gift Basket (Ohio Sires Stakes) Hoosier Park Gift Basket (Hoosier Park) Canadian Horse Racing Gift Basket (Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Retromedia Publishing & Melissa Keith) Tim Hortons Gift Basket (Melissa Keith) Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Gift Bag (Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown) Campbell Collection (Gordon Waterstone, Moira Fanning) Meadowlands TV Night (New Meadowlands) PR Services (Mark McKelvie & Melissa Keith) Handicapping Session (Garnet Barnsdale) Off & Pacing Package (The Farm Ventures & Off and Pacing Team) Fennell's Gift Certificate (R E Fennell's Company) Red Mile Gift Shop Gift Certificate (Jeremy Wilson) Big Dee Gift Certificate (Big Dees Tack & Vet Supply) Submitted by National USHWA  

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is once again seeking a few qualified harness racing trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2017 summer program schedule. Volunteer trainers are expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina, but no actual training miles are required. Trainer is responsible for all care, feed, hay, bedding, and shoeing. Upon request, gifts-in-kind receipts for services can be issued. Horses will be delivered on or about April 15 and picked up in June. Each horse comes with its own harness (and hopples if needed). For more information, contact HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029 or by email at 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. For more information on this press release contact Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029.              

ANDERSON – Standing in the bricked Winner’s Circle in front of the track at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Ellen Taylor calls forward Erskine Elementary School fourth-graders two by two to share harness racing history facts from laminated cards. The students then look for the places where the facts took place on a map of Indiana and affix their cards to a 5-foot paper timeline held up by two other students. “The point of history is to learn from the past,” the director of Westfield-based Harness Horse Youth Foundation told the group of 30 students in the Freaky Feet Pete group. Each of Anderson Community Schools’ 600 fourth-graders went on the special Indiana Horses for Youth field trip over two days last week at Hoosier Park. There the students learned about harness racing in Indiana, careers in agribusiness and toured the stables. In addition, Hoosier Park is supplying coloring books to ACS kindergartners and first-graders. The partnership is one of many ACS and individual schools have with local businesses. The event was set up in five stations, including Meet the Athlete, which of course, is the horse; Dressing the Racehorse; A Bike, Not a Buggy! about the sulky driver; Heaps of Hoosier History; and It’s all Related. Students also were served lunch and given gift bags containing a real horseshoe. Zamarion Bryant, a fourth-grader at Erskine Elementary, said his favorite part was the visit to the stables, where he and the other students were allowed to pet 4-year-old Justice. “I’m learning really a bunch,” he said. Volunteers from the Daughters of the American Revolution also were on hand to help out and distribute pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution in honor of Constitution Day on Sept. 17. The first-of-its-kind program at Hoosier Park is a Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Organizers said they hope to have conversations that will allow a similar program to be offered in the future. “This year, with it being Indiana’s bicentennial, all of our grade levels are doing related activities,” said Erskine Elementary Principal Scott Merkel. The reason fourth-graders were selected for the Hoosier Park trip, Merkel said, is because this is the year in which they learn Indiana history. “They’ve done a really good job of incorporating state standards, academics, into their presentations,” he said. “This is a good exposure experience for all of them.” Merkel said he was surprised at how many of his students have been horseback riding, shoed a horse or even owned a horse. “We take for granted our kids don’t know about our rural economy,” he said. Becky Young, vice president of marketing for Hoosier Park, said she came up with the idea for the field trip after Hoosier Park’s Mike Kase, who serves on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, mentioned the possibility of a Legacy Project. Many people tend to believe the history of harness racing started in Kentucky, and most would be surprised to learn it touches each of the Indiana’s 92 counties, Young said. “Indiana has made a name for itself in racing long before Kentucky,” she said. “We wanted to show them how it began in Indiana.” Local DAR President Beverly Duncan said she believed it was important to share with the students how the Constitution supports free enterprise, such as Hoosier Park. In addition, 90 percent of Americans work in the hospitality industry at one point in their lives, and so will many of ACS’s fourth-graders, she added. “This world is built on free enterprise, and this is a great example of it,” she said. “Everything about this place is educational.” Economic impact According to the Equine Business Management Program at the Purdue Calumet School of Management, the economic impact of racing on Indiana’s economy in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, was more than $319 million. Direct and indirect employment touches about 3,000 Hoosiers. Rebecca Bibbs Reprinted with permission of The Herald Bulletin

On paper, Ahoskie, North Carolina and Delaware, Ohio are very different. Delaware sits in one of the wealthiest counties in Ohio and hosts the Little Brown Jug, arguably the most prestigious three-year-old harness race in the sport. The races at Ahoskie's Atlantic District Fairgrounds are not even recognized by the U.S. Trotting Association, and the median family income is less than half of Delaware's. But when horses are involved, none of that matters. Last week, the two had something in common. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation was spreading the gospel of getting youngsters involved in racing at both locations. From June 18-22, five youngsters at Delaware got an in-depth harness racing experience, working long hours each day learning to groom, harness and drive the HHYF Trottingbreds. That camp culminated with a driving exhibition won by Hannah Hassan. Cammie Lange was selected to represent the Delaware camp at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. She will take a part in a driving exhibition with participants from other multi-day HHYF camps. After camp ended Wednesday, the HHYF crew - Executive Director Ellen Taylor, Summer Instructor John Reames, Summer Intern Travis Ceppaluni and alum Marcella Riddick, loaded up the gear and the horses and early Thursday morning shipped 600 miles to Ahoskie. Saturday, June 25, 11 youngsters got an introductory course in harness racing, as well as the chance to drive a Trottingbred. Sunday afternoon, HHYF took part in an open house at the Atlantic District Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce. "Sometimes, HHYF finds itself in a wonderful environment reminiscent of yesteryear and Ahoskie was delightful. From meeting the iconic Charlie "Red Eye" Williams to providing our support for the community effort to provide positive opportunities for kids. Honestly, this may have been one of the most successful HHYF events in our 40 year history and definitely one of the most inspiring" explained Ellen Taylor, HHYF Executive Director. Both programs were made possible through the support of the local community; in Ohio, the camp was sponsored by OHHA and in Ahoskie, the town partnered for the event. Also on Sunday, June 26, another team of HHYF volunteers were greeting the public at the Fair Winds Open House in Cream Ridge, NJ. Ambassador Sweet Karen, HHYF vice president Nicola Abrams, and Shannon and Riley Ceppaluni provided information to the 300 attendees of that event. The HHYF traveling harness raing school then moved on to Ocean Downs and Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland this week, before heading to historic Goshen, NY for its annual Leadership camp July 5-9. Celebrating 40 years of youth education and 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 makes 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 more information, contact Keith Gisser, keith@hhyf,oigt or 216-374-1392. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Westfield, IN- With the May 15 deadline approaching for students t apply for positions at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s summer camps, the organization’s stable of Trottingbred horses is being prepped for their cross-country tour. Nineteen-year-old goodwill ambassador Sweet Karen (www.facebook.com/HHYFSweetKaren?ref=hl) is being  conditioned by the Chuck Connor Stable at Goshen (NY) Historic Track when they can keep the staff of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame from doing the work for them. She will be featured at the foundation’s 40th Anniversary Brunch on Sunday, June 5. This year four Trottingbreds have been shipped to Delaware. CD’s Miss M is with Bobby Clark Stable; Ima’s Hit is with the George Teague Stable; Royal Attire returns to  the Eddie Dennis Stable; and LR Trixie is again being put through her paces by the Andrew Stafford Stable. In New Jersey, the Chris Ryder Stable is prepping I Want Another as he starts his second year with HHYF, while newcomer Sonny is being readied in Springfield, Illinois by the Nick Giberson (and family) stable. The Gibersons won the HHYF Service To Youth Award in 2014 for their work with Sweet Karen. “Just like racehorse, our horses can’t just show up at camps and be expected to work,” says HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “They need to be legged up, to be in condition. We could not possibly do the outreach we do without the voluntary work of our trainers each year. We are especially appreciative of Brittany Farms for annually providing an off-season home for our Trottingbreds.” The trainers will work with the horses for about two months before the HHYF camp season begins at the home of the Little Brown Jug, the Delaware County Fair from June 18-22. From there the move on to North Carolina, Maryland, New York and New Jersey before returning to Ohio for programs at Scioto Downs and the Van Wert Fairgrounds in August. For a complete camp schedule, go to http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications   From HHYF    

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named John Reames as its Summer Programs Assistant and Travis Ceppaluni as Summer Programs Intern. The pair will travel with harness racing Executive Director Ellen Taylor and the HHYF stable of Trottingbreds throughout the summer, running the organization's summer camps and events. Reames, 59, of Dayton, Ohio has been an active horse owner, breeder and caretaker for over 30 years. He has also attended the USTA adult driving school. A retired aerospace quality engineer, he also has extensive experience as a manger working with teens, running his family's Holiday Acres Christmas Tree Farm. Reames' two sons are HHYF alumni. "If we make learning fun for these kids, although we won't convert all of them to become involved in the industry, we may convert some to enjoy it as we have," he explained. "I look forward to the opportunity to convey the enjoyment, accomplishment and every day pleasure we receive by being part of harness racing." Seventeen-year-old Ceppaluni, of Jackson, New Jersey, already has experience with HHYF. In addition to participating in multiple camps, including HHYF Leadership Program in Goshen, New York, he assisted with the activities for several weeks last summer and also represented HHYF at the Open Space Pace in Freehold, New Jersey last September. Travis is also an accomplished barrel racer who hopes to eventually become a trainer/driver. "I can't wait to take everything I've learned from HHYF and use it on the backstretch. I learned a ton from doing hands-on work, but the guest speakers taught me a lot about the business. I try to take a little advice from everybody and I hope I can pass some of that knowledge on to this year's campers," Ceppaluni commented. "The combined eagerness of both John and Travis is going to make this summer dynamic" Ellen Taylor, HHYF Executive Director believes. "Young people are much more likely to respond positively when their instructors are actively supportive and enthusiastic . Undoubtedly, these two gentlemen definitely have a passion for HHYF and the industry." Celebrating 40 years of youth education and 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 makes 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. Keith Gisser  

Goshen, NY --- Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) for the past 25 years, and the 2009 Proximity Award winner, has been selected for recognition by the harness racing media organization as its 2015 “Alan Prince USHWA Member of the Year.”   Tara Ellen Taylor, a native of the Indiana heartland of harness racing, was named after the only mare to ever beat Greyhound in a race.  She received her first horse, an orphan foal, in 1969 and has participated as an owner, breeder and caretaker ever since.   Focusing exclusively on trotters, foals bred and owned by Taylor have gone on to become Indiana and Illinois award-winning 2-year-old champions.   Undoubtedly, it is Taylor’s lifelong commitment to HHYF that has garnered “Miss Ellen” the widest range of industry accolades and recognition.  In addition to the Proximity Award, Taylor has also received the HTA Special Achievement Medal in 2002, USTA President’s Award in 2015, Indiana Standardbred Association Special Achievement Award in 2015, and the Indiana State Fair Grand Circuit Appreciation Award in 2002.   Taylor noted, “I am honored to receive the USHWAn of the year award. I enjoy serving the industry which has given, and continues to give, me so many valuable life lessons and much happiness. USHWA represents individuals working behind the pen, camera, and computer who care about improving harness racing awareness – a worthy goal for each of us.”   An “At-Large” director of the organization for the past 12 years, it is through her dynamic and tireless efforts that the annual silent auction has been such a successful fundraising mechanism for USHWA and its partner HHYF.   Taylor travels thousands of miles each year to ensure that the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, is effectively fostering the next generation of participants and fans.   Prior to being named the executive director of HHYF, Taylor served as the camp coordinator since age 16.  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 the creation and distribution of educational materials.   Taylor’s award, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available and can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com.   The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10.  To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six.  A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11., and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USHWA   All of this information and applicable ticket and advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org   by Chris Tully, President, U.S. Harness Writers

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