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Anderson, IN - Due to the generosity of forward-thinking supporters, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its goal of raising funds to purchase a new truck needed for the upcoming harness racing season has been reached. As of April 15, the following farms and organizations stepped up to the "Win" and "Place Levels" of sponsorship and are responsible for this important component needed to execute the popular HHYF Summer Programs: All American Harnessbreds Brittany Farms Diamond Creek Farm Indiana Standardbred Association Kentuckiana Farm Lindy Farms Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association PM Advertising Jim & Georgia Simpson Southern Oaks Training Center "The truck was delivered to the HHYF office this week," announced HHYF President Adam Bowden. "Executive Director Ellen Taylor is now working on designing the layout of the logos so each of the contributors will be displayed on the truck. I would be remiss if I did not mention how much we appreciated the cooperation of Fred Hertrich and his staff in finding such a great truck for HHYF." 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 or call 317.908.0029. Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, is seeking applicants between the ages of 16-20 to participate as members of its Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee. Deadline for application is Wednesday (May 1). The online application is available by clicking here. Written applications must include a statement of recommendation from an industry participant. Currently there are open positions in USTA Districts: 2 (Michigan, Indiana) 3 (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska) 4A (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas) 8 (New York) 8A (New York) 11 (Delaware, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) If selected to serve 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 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. For additional information, contact USTA Director Gabe Wand at gabewand@yahoo.com or 608.574.5468.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - Youngsters looking to experience something different this summer are invited to annual Harness Racing Horse Youth Foundation Camp in August. The three-day camp will be held at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  The camp is the perfect opportunity for youngsters who love horses to learn about driving and taking care of a racehorse. The three-day camp is open to youngsters age 11-17.  It will be held on August 5-7. This year there will be something new, a one day camp for youngsters age 10-17 to give youngsters the opportunity to experience a day at the race track.  Jennifer Starr, Racing Marketing Manager talked with Eyewitness News about the upcoming camp! The Foundation started in 1976. Its programs include interactive learning experiences with race horses, equine scholarship administration, and creation and distribution of educational materials related to harness racing. To learn more and for an application for camp please click here  Link: Harness Horse Youth Foundation Youth Harness Racing Camp Through the Years Eyewitness Sports: Harness Horse Youth Camp Learning life lessons at horse camp The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the PHHA Welcome the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Hosts Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Camp SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Harness Horse Youth Foundation By Jayne Ann Bugda Reprinted with permission of PA Homepage

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

Summer is right around the corner, which means the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is getting ready for another full season of fun with its Trottingbreds - events in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey are on the schedule with a few more to add! However, these educational programs require financial support from the industry, so HHYF is actively seeking sponsorships of all kinds in the coming weeks. Funds are needed to purchase a new truck, jog carts and other stable equipment as well as to assist with expenses related to very popular hands-on summer activities. Details are outlined in a new easy-to-read leaflet - please contact the HHYF office if you are interested in discussing how you can help as the organization continues its efforts to share the excitement of Standardbreds, harness racing, driving and horses with young people throughout the Midwest and eastern United States. If you are considering sponsorship, click here to see the 2019 opportunities. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a new mailing address: 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013; phone number and email contact information remain the same - phone 317.908.0029 and email 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 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  

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation recently held its annual meeting of trustees and members at Diamond Creek Farm in Wellsville, Pennsylvania. The morning consisted of a planning session/power point presentation about revenue stream development and summer program modifications led by dynamic facilitator Christy Landwehr from Aurora, Colorado. The afternoon session included the regular business meeting and committee breakout sessions. The following officers were elected for 2019: Adam Bowden, president; Corey Callahan, vice president; Nicola Abrams, treasurer; Allison Conte, secretary. Rounding out the remaining trustees and staff in attendance were Jennifer Connor, Karen Craft, Suzanne D'Ambrose, Olivia Kimelman, Caroline Vazquez as well as Executive Director Ellen Taylor and Office Manager David Janes. After his election, Adam expressed, "I am honored to be president of HHYF and to be a part of a group tasked with being the leader of education and introduction of the sport of harness racing to the next generation. "We are assembling a board of trustees that understands the importance to do right by the youth and we hope to wake up the apathy that we all fall into by introducing more participation from all aspects of the industry. HHYF has been blessed by continued generosity from a small group of industry players but we will continue to strive to include more and actively seek participation from everyone who shares our love of the past, present and future of harness racing." Adjustments to the 2019 summer schedule will include more one-day events, the creation of three-day programs along with improvements to the upper level five-day Leadership event. Registration fees have been revised and are now comparable to other riding camps and lessons. In addition, a "grant" process was established to assist with travel expenses for those young people who may need financial assistance to attend. Further details and the complete schedule will be available in the near future. 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. Ken Weingartner

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our improved website. Now easier to use both for potential summer program participants and donors, the address remains the same www.hhyf.org. Allison Conte, chairperson of HHYF Public Relations Committee, explained "HHYF is changing and evolving and as a group, the trustees recognized that our image needs to reflect that. The website redesign is one of the first steps in our work to make sure that we reflect what we stand for. It is meant to be accessible, easily navigated and show the very best that HHYF has to offer.  "The new website is the product of the enthusiasm and dedication of the HHYF board and staff," Conte added. "and we all hope that the community will share it with their friends, both in and out of the industry, to help us continue our mission of exposing youth to the passion of 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; 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    

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking individuals interested in teaching, extensive travel, and general assistance with the 2019 Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Programs. Tentative dates of employment for the 2019 season are from mid-May to September 1. Position offered is salaried and could be used to fulfill required internship if needed by student. Duties include transporting and caring for the HHYF stable and helping introduce young people to the excitement of harness racing. General horsemanship a must; harness racing experience preferred but not mandatory. Applications may be obtained using this link: Additional questions may be answered by emailing 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 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. Ken Weingartner

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation continues its efforts to utilize forward-thinking individuals as trustees of its 15-member board. In recent trustee elections, joining incumbents Adam Bowden, Corey Callahan, and Allison Conte will be Olivia Kimelman of Gardiner, N.Y., and Caroline Vazquez of Wellsville, Pa. Kimelman brings a depth of HHYF understanding which can hardly be matched. From her participation at the introductory level to leadership and volunteer activities and representation of HHYF at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, she thoroughly understands the mission and the programming. "When I most think of my most influential life experiences, I find that HHYF is responsible for several. From public speaking, networking and a love for harness racing, HHYF played a role in all of it. Even with a family immersed in the sport, I am not sure I would have stayed as involved in the industry if I hadn't attended that first camp in 2007. I want to make sure that the next generation gets to experience these life lessons while also giving back to one of my favorite organizations. I can't think of a better way to do this than being an HHYF trustee and I am motivated to serve." Vazquez brings innovative viewpoints to the board as well. "The future of harness racing lies in the next generation. HHYF is a great program for this reason. Not only does it draw young fans into racing, but also provides scholarships and other opportunities for graduates. I am excited to be working with the rest of the board, using my perspective as someone who did not grow up in the industry, to look for new ways to grow the presence of the organization outside of the camps, and to look for ways in which breeding farms, the other side of the industry, can become more involved as well." The board will convene in early January with plans for a morning session of brainstorming with facilitator Christy Landwehr and its annual face-to-face meeting in the afternoon. 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  

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

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