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Goshen, NY - The Cradle of the Trotter had some "Rolling Thunder" of its own this Memorial Day weekend as 120 motorcycle enthusiasts helped raise over $2,000 to benefit Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The inaugural Iron Horse Poker Run, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), enjoyed a capacity crowd of Harley-Davidson owners and riders, who participated in a 70-mile loop around Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Chapter Vice President/Secretary Janet Terhune noted, "The attendance was even better than we anticipated, and the riders really enjoyed touring the museum and learning more about Harness Racing and its considerable influence on American history." Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet before and after the ride in beautiful Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum, the hosting venue. Clubs such as the Blue Knights of New York XIV and Harley Owners Groups from Wurtsboro and Orange County also participated. Several contingents came from as far away as Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey to "ride through the Gunks." The route also happened to pass by Standardbred nursery Blue Chip Farms, which is nestled in the shadows of the Shawangunk Mountain ridgeline. Shawn Wiles, the Chapter's Vice President/Treasurer, as well as the National USHWA President, was equally pleased with the outcome. "Anytime you can raise money for the Track and Hall of Fame, and introduce new people to Harness Racing...it's a 'win-win'" Door prizes from O'Tooles Harley-Davidson in Wurtsboro and the new Resorts World Casino in Monticello added significantly to the grand prize of $500 cash for the best poker hand. Having enjoyed a great turnout, along with such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the prospects of turning the Iron Horse Poker Run into an annual event are stronger than ever. The primary beneficiaries of the funds raised by the Chapter through this new affair, in addition to their annual Awards Banquet, have always been the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track...two distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. Matinee harness racing at Goshen Historic Track begins this weekend on Sunday, June 3rd and continues for the following two Sundays (June 10 & 17). The Harness Racing Museum is open with free admission, Tuesday through Sunday. Four days of Grand Circuit racing begins Friday, June 29, with Hall of Fame Day slated for Sunday, July 1, concurrent with Goshen's Great American Weekend. by Chris Tully for the Iron Horse Poker Run           

William Henry MacMullin, a retired resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, NY and a longtime resident of Ulster County passed away on March 24, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown at the age of 87. "Henry" was a longtime resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms during the late 1970's, 80's and 90's and was responsible for the care of Hall of Fame stallions Most Happy Fella and On The Road Again during their stud careers. Over those decades MacMullin was responsible for the hoof care of thousands of horses, including top broodmares Albaquel, Adore, Peaches N Cream and Treasure Blue Chip and the entire herd of mares, foals and yearlings at the farm. Son of the late Daniel and Margaret Campbell MacMullin, he was born in Cape Briton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 25, 1930. He also worked many years on the race track and was associated with such notable horsemen as Clint Hodgins and Howard Okusko. He was a longtime member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA), as well as the NYS Trotting Assn. and was named 1977 Horseman of the Year. Survivors include his wife Connie and his children Norman Eaton (Barbara) of Michigan, Gregory MacMullin of NY, Michael MacMullin (Melisa) of Fla., Teresa Geisler (John) of Tenn., Christopher MacMullin (Irene) of Va., Henry MacMullin (Kelly) of NJ and Mary MacVean (Jamie) of NY. He was also survived by brothers and sisters Angus, John, Barbara and Douglas along with 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Martha and Chris and brothers Charlie and Roddy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY (harnessmuseum.com) and the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).                

Goshen, NY - The Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, an organization that has been raising money for local harness horse racing venues for the past six decades, will sponsor the inaugural Iron Horse Motorcycle Poker Run to benefit Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Chapter Vice President/Secretary Janet Terhune noted, "We are thrilled to host this exciting inaugural event, the Iron Horse Poker Run, which will bring well over 100 new visitors to the Museum and introduce them to Harness Racing." The Harness Racing Museum in Goshen has been selected as the home base for the ride, a 70-mile loop with three additional checkpoints located throughout Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties; O'Toole's Harley-Davidson in Wurtsboro, the Mountain Brauhaus in Gardiner, and the Angry Orchard in Walden. Terhune, the Museum's Director, continued, "We will serve the participants brunch in our beautiful Haughton Hall during the event registration, and welcome them back for prizes, raffles and additional refreshments following the run. This is a great opportunity for harness racing to reach out to a relatively untapped demographic that enjoy taking part in benefit activities." Shawn Wiles, the Chapter's Vice President/Treasurer agreed. "Once this event becomes popular, it will grow into a great kick-off for the Goshen Historic Track season, with matinee racing beginning the following weekend in the 'Cradle of the Trotter.' A donation of $20 for all partakers includes food and refreshments before and after ride, as well as door prizes, raffles, 50/50's, and a grand prize of $500 for the best poker hand. Although motorcycles are preferred, cars, trucks and vans are also welcome. Registration and brunch starts at 10:30 am at the Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main St., Goshen. Kickstands up at 12 noon. The primary beneficiaries of the funds raised by the Chapter are the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track...two distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. Lifetime donations by the Chapter to these iconic organizations are approaching $100,000. For more information about the Iron Horse Poker Run go to ironhorsepokerrun.com or contact Chris Tully attullytrot@yahoo.com or call 845-807-7538. by Chris Tully for the Iron Horse Poker Run  

Goshen, NY - Spend time with Mom crafting fun and making memories at the Harness Racing Museum on Saturday, May 12th from 10:30 am -12:00 pm. Make her mother's day gift together - decorate a model mare and foal with their own barn home and fence. All craft supplies will be provided just bring Mom and enjoy. Don't forget to shake things up with a ride on the Museum's harness racing 3-D simulator too. At just $15 per kit this event promises to be both creative and affordable for all ages. Preregistration required by May 4th and space is limited. Programs are made possible with support from the USTA, NYS Agriculture & Horse Development Fund and the NYS Council on the Arts. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at 845-294-6330 or e-mail at education@harnessmuseum.com, or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except Mondays. Kristin Roberts

Goshen, NY - Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a fun-filled morning of seasonally oriented crafts, horse-themed games, egg hunt and a ride on the Harness Racing 3-D Simulator, all for only $5.00 per child - and parents are free! Spring is an exciting time when nature comes to life and fills with color! During this event children will decorate a Spring tin for their candy and trinkets, print with real horseshoes to create a flower design, hunt for eggs, enjoy tasty cookies, play horsey-themed games, and everyone will get a ride on the world's only Harness Racing 3-D Simulator! There will be many eggs to search for in the courtyard or around the Museum, depending on the weather. The egg hunts begin at 12:00 pm, divided by age groups - and every egg is a winner! Art supplies are limited, first come first served. Programs are made possible with support from the NYS Agriculture & Horse Development Fund and the NYS Council on the Arts. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at 845-294-6330 or e-mail at education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except Mondays.  

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for the Class of 2018! All Museum members have the privilege of nominating persons and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased at least three years to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the subject and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. NOTE: Nominees selected by the Immortals Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 2018 will be inducted in July 2019. Janet Terhune  

Goshen, NY –Visit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Sunday, February 18th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for a presentation and activities related to understanding the effects of winter weather on horses. Participate in experiments that explain and illustrate the stress that cold wet weather can impose. To add to the fun, bring your favorite model horse and design a felt blanket of your own design and ride the 3-D simulator. The cost is $5 for this event and free to current 4-H members. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum’s educational workshops or children’s birthday parties, please contact the Education Department 845-294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com.  The Museum is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com.   The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    

Goshen, NY - Bring the kids to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm for a fun-filled Valentine's Day celebration.   Children participate in crafts, play games and ride the 3-D simulator. Decorate a card for your loved ones and make a horsey treasure box for your sweet treat gift!   Children will engage in fun games like Wagon Wheels, Clean the Stall and Horseshoe Toss.   The event will be topped off with a heart-pounding ride on our 3-D Harness Racing Simulator.   Children are $4 and parents are free. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department 845-294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Kristin Roberts

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2018 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are stallions Cantab Hall and Western Ideal. The other nominees were Chapter Seven, Mister Big and Presidential Ball. Cantab Hall and Western Ideal will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 1st, 2018. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2018 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria: They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada). Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. Broodmares are no longer automatically elected. CANTAB HALL (Nominated as Stallion) 3,1:54 ($1,442,303) Bay Horse, 2001 (Self Possessed - Canland Hall - Garland Lobell) As a two-year-old in 2003, Cantab Hall won all 10 of his starts, earning $461,337, and was voted Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, American-National, International Stallion Stakes and the Bluegrass. In his sophomore season, Cantab Hall finished on the board in 11 of 13 starts while earning $980,966. His major victory came in his second American-National win. As a stallion, Cantab Hall was the leading sire at his gait for 3 consecutive years (2012-2014), as well as in 2016 and 2017. He has sired winners of over $73 million to date, including 8 millionaires, with 204 $100,000 winners and 138 in 1:55. His most successful offspring include 2013 Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old and 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Father Patrick 3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133), winner of the 2013 Breeders Crown, Wellwood Memorial and Peter Haughton Memorial, and the 2014 Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer Memorial; world champion Wild Honey 3,1:50.4 ($1,589,235), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, PA Sire Stakes Final and Kentucky Filly Futurity; and world champion Explosive Matter 3,1:52.3 ($1,510,542), winner of the 2008 Matron Stakes and the 2009 Colonial and Bluegrass. As a broodmare sire, Cantab Hall has sired the dams of winners of over $15 million to date, with two millionaires, Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and world champion, Southwind Frank 3,1:52.1 ($1,950,887), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial, and the 2016 Colonial and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial; and 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year Ariana G 3,1:51.1 ($1,867,657), winner of the 2016 and 2017 Breeders Crown and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks. WESTERN IDEAL (Nominated as Stallion) p,5,1:48 ($1,455,422) Bay Horse, 1995 (Western Hanover - Leah Almahurst - Abercrombie) World champion pacer Western Ideal raced in 1997, 1999 and 2000. As a five-year-old in 2000, Western Ideal had his career season, winning the Breeders Crown, William R. Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby and the Graduate Series. In his Breeders Crown victory, Western Ideal set a new world record 1:48 for five-year-old and older Standardbreds on a mile track. He was voted 2000 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. As a stallion, Western Ideal has sired winners of over $121 million, with 187 $200,000 winners and 12 millionaires to date. They include 2005 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame Immortal Rocknroll Hanover p,3,1:48.3 ($2,754,038); 2009 Adios winner and world champion Vintage Master p,4,1:48.1f ($2,160,953); 2010 Matron Stakes winner and world champion Krispy Apple p,6,1:48.4f ($1,905,676); 2005 Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace p,4,1:48.4 ($1,891,133); New Jersey Sire Stakes star Dial Or Nodial p,5,1:48.3f ($1,752,815); 2014 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Artspeak p,3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869); and 2010 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and world champion Big Jim p,2,1:49.1s ($1,541,924). As a broodmare sire, Western Ideal has sired the dams of winners of over $54 million to date, with 5 millionaires: 2014 Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, world champion McWicked p,3,1:47.3f ($2,235,762); 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby winner, O'Brien Horse of the Year and world champion State Treasurer p,6,1:47 ($1,908,424); 2010 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, 2011 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion See You At Peelers p,3,1:49.2f ($1,573,260); 2017 North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon p,3,1:48.4s ($1,492,782); and 2015 O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Solar Sister p,4,1:49.4f ($1,012,209). Janet Terhune

Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this harness racing season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2018 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all - the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330. A complete list of the 2018 stallions, conditions and bid form will be posted this week at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraisers tab. There is no limit on the number of breedings we will happily accept and in return we promise professional, dedicated attention to making the best possible arrangements. We want to thank those of you who have donated a breeding. To date the list of stallions includes Always A Virgin, Artiscape, Big Bad John, Bring On The Beach, Cash Hall, Charlie De Vie, Class Included, Coraggioso, Deep Chip, Detour Hanover, Diamond Goal, Domethatagain, Dream Away, Dude's The Man, Four Starz Robro, Glidemaster, Heston Blue Chip, Holiday Road, JK Endofanera, Lis Mara, Long Tom, Lucky Chucky, Manningly, Mister Big, Philos Hanover, Political Briefing, Possess The Will, Proper Respect, Royal Mattjesty, Sebastian K, So Surreal, Spring Goal, Stormin Norman, Thinking Out Loud, Third Straight, Triumphant Caviar, Well Said, Western Vintage, We Will See, Whataworkout and Yankee Cruiser. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne as soon as possible. The list of stallions and conditions will be available online, and via The Horseman And Fair World. The list will be updated as additional breedings are donated - please check the Museum website under the Fundraisers tab. Bids on these breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by Saturday, February 10, 2018. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Do you have a harness racing breeding that you won't be using this season?   We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2018 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all - the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. Donated breedings help further the Museum's Mission - to protect the past, support the present and promote the future of our great sport. If you have a breeding, or know someone who does, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330 as soon as possible. The amount of the payment received for the stallion breeding may be considered as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes by the donor. A complete list of the 2018 stallions, conditions and bid form will be posted in late January at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraisers tab, on line and in issues of The Horseman And Fair World. There is no limit on the number of breedings we will happily accept and in return we promise professional, dedicated attention to making the best possible arrangements. Bids on these breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by Saturday, February 10, 2018. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date. We want to thank those who have already donated for the upcoming breeding season. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at 845-294-6330 or development@harnessmuseum.com.  

Goshen, NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting Immortal nominations for the Class of 2019. All Museum members in good standing have the privilege of nominating people and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased three years or more to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the subject and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. In July, the Immortals Nominating Committee announced that the trustees of the Museum had unanimously endorsed the election of Håkan Wallner. On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Mr. Wallner will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn. The charismatic and energetic Wallner was the consummate businessman and horseman, and was well-respected by the American harness racing elite. Wallner was convinced that he could succeed in this country as a trainer of trotters and in a short amount of time he was competing at the highest level and affecting every facet of harness racing from the yearling sales to the Grand Circuit. His contribution to the globalization of U.S. trotting continues to have a profound effect on the breeding, training and racing of the American trotter. Håkan Wallner was a globetrotting pioneer who single-handedly raised the bar of Swedish racing and breeding to an international level, and he is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest trotting ambassadors. He paved the way for European and Scandinavian horse trading and his efforts forever changed the breeding landscape with an influx of the fresh American bloodlines into Sweden, Italy, France, Denmark, Finland and other countries. Wallner lead the way for other Scandinavian and European horsemen to move to the United States and compete at the sport's highest level. The list includes Soren and Jan Nordin, Jimmy Takter, Per Eriksson, Per Henrikson, Stefan Melander, Mario Zuanetti and Pekka Korpi. Collectively this group has nine Hambletonian winners. HÃ¥kan Wallner died January 20, 2001 in Treviso, Italy. He was inducted to the Swedish Trotting Hall of Fame in 2015. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. If you would like further information on the Immortals nomination preocess, the 2018 induction ceremony, the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Goshen, NY - The jingle-jangle of horse bells was associated with wintertime for so long that they came to be known as sleigh bells. This season, hear them ringing at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, December 16th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.   Join Santa for a photo in a one horse open sleigh, play games and enjoy craft time making a red horsey Christmas stocking or Star of David suncatcher.   The whole family will enjoy sweet treats and a ride on the Museum's harness racing 3-D Simulator.   Each child will receive a small gift (supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis). Children are $5, parents are free. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department 845-294-6330 or e-mail education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Family Fun Holiday Workshop with Santa! Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm For Children Ages 3-12 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY

Goshen, NY - After a spine-tingling performance in September of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to bring to life A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charles Dickens. "We just couldn't wait to have him back," said Museum director Janet Terhune. "He is such a dynamic performer, he takes you right in to the story." In top hat and frock coat, Kruk, best known for solo performances of these two literary classics, will showcase his imaginative retelling of Scrooge and his spectral visitors, giving voice to thirty different characters in this tale of redemption and hope. An awarding-winning recording artist, Kruk has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, BBC's Great American Train Journeys, and WAMC public radio. He has performed at many historic sites, libraries, schools and museums. Doors open for the event at 6:15 pm. There is limited seating so reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 845-294-6330 to reserve your seat today! Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students. Author of Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley, Kruk is hard at work on a second book, Lore of the Hudson Highlands, as well as a Bedtime Tale app and a multimedia project, "Supernatural on the Hudson." To learn more visit https://www.jonathankruk.com. The Museum, which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the United States Trotting Association, is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Non-copyright photos attached. 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 ● 845-294-6330 ● Fax: 845-294-3463 ● www.harnessmuseum.com Kristin Roberts

Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 43rd year, this community event kicks off the festive season. Although much has changed in the world since that first concert in 1974, the charm of sleigh bells and the warmth of gathered neighbors continue to "make the season bright." Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 7 th at 7:00 p.m. and don't miss out. Performing again this year in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall is the Evergreen Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International based in Poughkeepsie. Singing in four-part harmony, this award-winning a cappella group, judged the third best Sweet Adelines small chorus in the world, based on their performance at the Harmony Classic Division A level competition at the Las Vegas MGM Grand in October, will entertain listeners with a selection of holiday favorites. Goshen High School's Varsity Choir and Jazz Voices Ensemble will return for their 18th appearance on this special occasion. The evening will end with the concert's traditional audience participation number, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This year's concert will feature preconcert entertainment by 18 year old gifted cellist Alex Prizgintas in Haughton Hall. Arrive early to enjoy our holiday tree trimmed with horsey ornaments, tour the Museum with its festive halls and stalls, and check out the new exhibits that have been installed since last year's concert. Don't forget to visit the Museum's Winner's Circle Gift Shop for a little holiday shopping too. Concert goers and shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount prior to the show. Sponsors for this annual event are Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman, Jr., and Edie Haughney of Amerprise Financial Services, providing a holiday dessert table for the enjoyment of all. Concert admission is $3.00 per person, and is waived for Museum members. Non-members who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Marines' "Toys for Tots" program receive a $1.00 admission discount. As seating is limited we recommend making reservations as soon as possible. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. If you are unable to attend the concert, we invite you to drop off a new unwrapped toy in the Museum's main lobby from now until Tuesday, December 12th between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Help make a child happy this holiday season! If you have not booked your holiday party, there are a few dates still available. Call Gigi Ryan for details about this unique setting for all your special occasions at 845-294-6330. The Museum, which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the United States Trotting Association, is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Janet Terhune

Goshen; To many, the words love, hope and dreams are synonymous with horses," (author unknown). For Verner "Dooley" Putnam the horse of dreams that captured his heart was champion trotter, Greyhound. When the great gray trotter won the 1935 Hambletonian at Goshen, New York, America was still struggling to emerge from the Great Depression. After one of the most successful racing careers in Harness Racing history the "Gray Ghost" was retired in 1940 to a farm in Maple Park, Illinois and into the care of Dooley Putnam. Over the next twenty-five years the champion and the "old country boy" were constant companions. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 museum curator Rebecca Howard will highlight the story of Dooley and the Gray Ghost at a luncheon to be held at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The Museum's education department, led by Kristin Roberts, will guide participants in the creation of a horse related seasonal craft to enhance the afternoon session. Tickets for the event are $18 for museum members and $20 for non-members which includes: the presentation, a hot buffet Thanksgiving feast with soft drinks and dessert, as well as all art supplies. Reservations are required by Monday, November 13th and because of anticipated interest please call (845) 294-6330 early to secure your place at the table. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's school programs, educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at (845) 294-6330 or education@harnessmuseum.com. Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on membership, special events and gift shop services at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit the website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Presented by Rebecca Howard and Kristin Roberts 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924  845-294-6330 Fax: 845-294-3463 www.harnessmuseum.com  

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