Westfield, IN- Martin Scharf will present the 7th annual Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships, named in honor of his great pacer, to Kayla Prentice and Michelle Galligan during the Saturday evening, January 4 race card at the newly built Meadowlands Racetrack. Prentice earned a $15,000 award while Galligan received a $5,000 college stipend. Scharf's Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship educational grants have now exceeded $135,000. For additional information on the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and other Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarships, go to www.hhyf.org. Prentice attends Syracuse University, where she studies health and exercise science. She is the daughter Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr. Kayla is an Honors Graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, where she captained the track and cross-country squads. Kayla has a wide-ranging record of community service including work on Relay For Life and volunteering with the K9 of Central New York Rescue. She also has experience working with Standardbreds, often paddocking horses in the family's stable. Galligan is studying equine science at New Jersey's Centenary College. Michelle also has experience riding and she has shadowed equine vets on their rounds and through surgeries. She graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma from Pt. Jervis High School in June and spent her senior year taking several college level courses. She has spent part of the last four years working with the Ford Stable, and through that relationship actually worked hands-on with the great pacer in whose honor the scholarship is named. 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 release, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 Submitted by Harness Horse Youth Foundation
Westfield, IN- The bronze Girl and Foal will be auctioned during the Harrisburg sale, to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation to assist with expenses related to its educational programs. The sculpture will be on display in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment area, and the bid sheet will be located there, as well. Bidding begins Monday, November 4 at 9 AM, with bids accepted 9 AM - 5 PM Monday through Thursday and from 9 – 3 on Friday. The opening bid for this full size piece (Four feet high by 62” long and 15” wide is) $3,800 for this bronze and subsequent bids are to be increased in $25 increments. If needed, HHYF reserves the right to rase the bid to next highest $25. Successful bidder must arrange shipping. Successful bidder must pay for the bronze in cash or check by 5 PM on Friday, November 8. No credit cards will be accepted. For more information, contact Lillie Brown at Preferred Equine Marketing or other HHYF representatives, who will be present during the sale. 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 For more information, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or email@example.com Submitted by HHYF.
Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse YouthFoundation’s Drive for Youth is rapidly approaching. The program, expanding from a one-day event at The Red Mileto a week-long program of National scope, kicks off on October 6 at The RedMile and runs through October 12. HHYF representatives will be particularly focused at the Red Mile on entucky Futurity Day, but horsemen everywhere are encouraged to participate. Corey Callahan, one of the sport’s topdrivers this year, and an HHYF Trustee, explains “We are reaching out toeveryone this year so that all tracks can be involved and be part of this greatevent. Kentucky Futurity Day at the Red Mile is a special experience, but overa dozen tracks are racing that week. Not all kids grow up in harness racingfamilies so HHYF gives kids an opportunity to get involved on the sport that welove. These kids are our sport’s future.” Owners, trainers and drivers can pledgeeither a percentage of their winning during Drive for Youth week, or they canpledge a flat rate to HHYF, as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. “We havereached out to top horsemen at eachtrack to participate and support our youth outreach programs including oursummer camps and scholarships, but ALL horsemen and horsewomen are invited topledge their support to HHYF. We have heard from quite a number of horsemen sofar, but it’s never too late to jump in.” To make a pledge to Drive for Youth contact Taylor at 317- 867-5877 or bye-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org. Pledge forms are also available at http://www.hhyf.org/uploads/13pledgeform.pdf The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educationalopportunities with harness horses, inorder to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation hasbeen making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programsinclude 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 on this press release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted by HHYF
With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's extensive summer camp schedule just two months away, the HHYF stable of Trottingbreds is being prepped for the season by a group of experienced volunteer harness racing trainers at locations across the country.
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced one of the most extensive program schedules in the Foundation’s history, with more than 20 harness racing events scheduled in ten states.
This Sunday (April 7) at 1 p.m., the Pinehurst Training Center in North Carolina features its annual harness racing matinee, with horses who have been training there through the winter featured.
During the Saturday, January 12 harness racing card at The Meadowlands, Martin Scharf presented Julia Zenker, the daughter of Deborah Lass and Drew Zenker, with a $15,000 check as the winner of the Gallo Blue Chip scholarship.
The University of Delaware's Susan Truehart Garey has been named the winner of the 2012 Service to Youth Award by the Harness Racing Horse Youth Foundation.
Marcela Riddick, 14, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Brittney Billman, 14, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., will represent the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Pocono Downs Youth Camp in a youth driving exhibition at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, while 12-year-olds Madison Lofgren, of New Egypt, N.J., and Katie Eick of Farmingdale, N.J., will represent the HHYF Gaitway Farms camp.
Julia Zenker, the daughter of Deborah Lass and Drew Zenker, has been named the recipient of harness racing's $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and sponsor Martin Scharf. She is a graduate of Port Jervis High School and is currently attending Wagner College in Staten Island, majoring in Philosophy and Spanish, in pursuit of a law degree.
As the Trottingbreds of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation prepare for their unprecedented 17-stop summer tour, they must get their work in, just like racehorses do. Since very early spring, several harness racing trainers across the country have volunteered their time to make sure the horses, derived from a cross between Standardbreds and ponies, are properly conditioned.
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a limited number of openings for its July horsemanship camps. This summer, the HHYF and its stable of Trottingbreds will travel to harness racing's Goshen Historic Track, Tioga Downs, Pocono Downs and Gaitway Farms for youth camps.
The United States Trotting Association is pleased to announce that Keith Gisser will be providing a weekly column of selections on its harnes racing website, beginning this Friday (April 6).
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its July horsemanship camp schedule. The HHYF and its stable of harness racing Trottingbreds will travel to Goshen Historic Track, Tioga Downs, Pocono Downs and Gaitway Farms, in addition to holding a two-day program for the New Jersey Girl Scouts. Space is limited and the application deadline is May 1.
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce a new harness racing scholarship for students who have previously attended HHYF summer, leadership or HRYL camps, or family weekends since 1999.
The Dan Patch harness racing honorees will not be the only winners at the U.S. Harness Writers' (USHWA) Night of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. USHWA will feature both a live and silent auction and raffle at the event, and the available items run the gamut by offering something for everyone. The auction will benefit USHWA, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and Goshen Historic Track.