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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  

Westfield, IN- For the first time since 2005, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named two winners of its Service to Youth Award, the highest accolade the organization offers. The "horse-racing professor," Chris Wittstruck was honored for his generosity to the Foundation, while former President and Trustee Callie Davies-Gooch was selected for her long-term commitment to HHYF. In announcing the award, HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor said, "Callie's efforts on behalf of HHYF were tireless and creative. She never lacked the willingness to try new ideas or the determination to get them done. When HTA's Stan Bergstein approached HHYF about developing the curriculum for the Harness Racing Youth League, Callie ensured that every aspect of the program was comprehensively implemented. She even traveled on the first road trip to northern Indiana and personally assisted with the original horse purchases including our beloved Sweet Karen." "Chris simply took the Board's collective breath away with his kindness. His bigheartedness is already allowing HHYF to seriously think about ways to make improvements in several areas" explained Ellen Taylor. A full profile of Chris Wittstruck will be released when he is presented with his award at the HHYF 40th anniversary celebration on June 5, 2016 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. Callie Davies-Gooch served as Trustee for nearly 25 years and HHYF President for 14 years. She was the driving force behind many groundbreaking HHYF projects including the creation and distribution of 50,000 harness racing career guides to high school guidance counselors across North America. Not only did she secure the mailing lists and organize the entire process, she provided valuable input as the guide was compiled. The Foundation's end-of-summer celebration of its campers at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day has always been one of Callie's favorite activities. Each year, she made sure that the volunteer professional drivers were ready and other logistics under control. Callie, who will receive her award at the Dan Patch Awards Dinner in Ft. Lauderdale on March 6, remarked, "It is a great honor to have been selected along with my fellow award winner, Chris Wittstruck. I can only hope that the 23 years of service to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, has helped to foster a new generation of horse lovers and future owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and fans. The future of harness racing is youth." For more information on this release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser (keith@hhyf.org) or 216-374-1392 Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN- Updated applications are now available for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). "Several of the applications have been revised in order to assure the best candidates. We want to give potential applicants as much time as possible to complete them," explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "We hope that by posting these before \the holidays, students will have some extra time to put sufficient effort into their submissions." The HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainers or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,500 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. For questions please e-mail the HHYF office at ellen@hhyf.org. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is regularly updated. 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. Keith Gisser    

It was no surprise that harness racing booster and attorney Chris Wittstruck recently won the Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award. He has long been a featured, cutting-edge columnist at www.ustrotting.com, but his actions following the announcement were even more cutting edge. Wittstruck immediately announced he was donating the accompanying stipend to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. "It's an investment in the future," Wittstruck explained. "An absolute no-brainer. My daughter Angelica attended one of the first HHYF camps at Harrington Raceway in 2003 and I have seen the great work they do. Stan Bergstein, who this award is named for, was the first HHYF Service to Youth Award winner (in 1979) so this donation honors him as much as it does HHYF." Wittstruck has done his part to promote the sport, teaching a weekend course in horse ownership and also helping promote the New York legislator races in addition to his writing. He strongly believes that exposing children to harness racing is key to the sport's success. He also understands how important HHYF's past is to the future. He says, "Some of these kids will come to camp and never drive a horse again. And that's fine. Maybe they are riders. But they will have the exposure. For a week, they put down their devices and learn. And down the road, they go to the races and recall the camp and bring their friends. The immersion in the sport - the farriers, the vets, not just the work with the horses - is fantastic because it was done right by HHYF." HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor will meet with the organization's trustees to determine how to best put Wittstruck's largesse to its best use. She explains, "Obviously, we are beyond appreciative of Chris's generosity and kindness. With that appreciation comes a responsibility to honor the gesture in the most appropriate and worthwhile way possible. What a wonderful opportunities lie ahead to further our mission." For more information on this release contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive for Youth, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, is just around the corner, but there is still time for and trainers, drivers, horse owners and others from across the country to participate. Drive For Youth is a week-long national effort, kicking off on October 4 and running through October 10, culminating on Kentucky Futurity Day at The Red Mile. Owners, trainers and drivers can pledge either a percentage of their earnings during Drive for Youth week, or they can pledge a flat amount as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. "We always appreciate the support of horsemen at the local level and we invite the horseman across the country to participate. This broad based support ensures the continued success and expansion for our programs including our summer camps and scholarships, as we head into our 40th anniversary year." To make a pledge to Drive for Youth, download the pledge form from http://www.hhyf.org/drive-for-youth, You may also contact Ellen Taylor by phone at 317- 867-5877, or by e-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org for additional information. Additionally, HHYF representatives will be at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday evening. 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. Keith Gisser  

Bidders at the the upcoming Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will have the opportunity to bid on one horse who will neither pace nor trot. An unusual horse sculpture, fashioned by a Danville, Kentucky artist  from nearly 1,000 repurposed scrap metal parts, will be auctioned on Tuesday, October 6 at Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky, to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The sculpture will be sold just prior to the start of the second night of the sale. The sculpture stands 31 inches from hoof to withers; 55 inches from hoof to tip of ear and 45 inches long from nose to tail and will be available for inspection at Barn 10 (Brittany Farms) beginning Friday, October 2 at noon. Bids can be made in person or by phone. Potential phone bidders should contact HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317.908.0029 or email ellen@hhyf.org for more information. 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. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - An unusual horse sculpture, fashioned by a Lexington, Kentucky artist from nearly 1,000 repurposed scrap metal parts, will be auctioned on Tuesday, October 6 at Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky, to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The sculpture will be sold just prior to the start of the second night of the 2015 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The sculpture stands 31 inches from hoof to withers; 55 inches from hoof to tip of ear and 45 inches long from nose to tail and will be available for inspection at Barn 10 (Brittany Farms) beginning Friday, October 2 at noon. Bids may be made in person, or if you cannot be in Lexington, call HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029 or HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 for details on how to make other bidding arrangements. 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. Keith Gisser      

13-year-old Hayley Halloran of Lewes, Delaware piloted Royal Attire to a game1½ length victory in Saturday's Harness Horse Youth Foundation final, held just before the start of The Meadowlands' Hambletonian race-card. Halloran, representing Harrington Raceway, defeated Emily Clemons of Holland Patent, NY, representing Vernon Downs, who drove a fast-closing LR Trixie to second-place. Halloran was assisted by Andy Miller, while Clemons had HHYF Trustee Corey Callahan as her co-pilot. Katilee Dunn of Honesdale, PA, finished a close third with Ima's Hit, while I Want Another, making his first appearance at The Meadowlands, rounded out the field for Jackson, New Jersey's Alexandra Urbanski. Yannick Gingras was Dunn's co-driver, while Urbanski was assisted by Aaron Merriman. 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 this release, contact Keith Gisser via this e-mail or at 216-374-1392. Keith Gisser  

Westfield, IN- Four talented and dedicated young ladies have been selected to compete in this year's Harness Horse Youth Foundation driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 8. They are Katilee Dunn of Honesdale, PA; Alexandra Urbanski of Jackson, NJ; Hayley Halloran of Lewes, DE; and Emily Clemons of Holland Patent, NY. The non-wagering event is a one-half mile dash, the standard Trottingbred distance, from behind the mobile starting gate, and is set for post just prior to the 12:00 Hambletonian card. Dunn, age 12, has drawn the rail and will drive Ima's Hit, assisted by Yannick Gingras. The daughter of Brian and Tracy Dunn, she attends Wayne Highlands Middle School. She represents the camp that was held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun. Urbanski, the "senior citizen" of the group at 14 has post two. Aaron Merriman will be her co-pilot behind I Want Another, who is completing his first season as an HHYF Trottingbred. Alexandria attends Jackson Memorial High School and is the daughter of John and Alisa Urbanski. She represents the camp that was held at Gaitway Farm. Hayley Halloran, who turned 13 in mid-July leaves from post three with Royal Attire and assistant driver Andy Miller. Representing Harrington Raceway's camp, Hayley is a student at Beacon Middle School. She is the daughter of Lee Halloran. Drawing the outside post four and assisted by HHYF Trustee Corey Callahan, twelve-year-old Emily Clemons will pilot L R Trixie. Emily lives in Holland Patent, NY and represents the HHYF Vernon Downs camp. The daughter of Bob and Lisa Clemons, she attends Holland Patent Central School. 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 or find them on Facebook. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that Keelan MacDonald of Inverness, Nova Scotia Canada has won the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship and that the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship goes to Rebecca Galloway of Otsego, Michigan. The Curt Greene Scholarship honors an individual who, like its namesake, has demonstrated a passion for harness racing. Keelan MacDonald, the son of Jolene Macdonald, demonstrates that passion with his goal of becoming a full-time trainer and driver. While he will be attending Nova Scotia Community College to learn heavy equipment operation, he plans to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Even then, he has an eye to harness racing, believing his skills in equipment operation will allow him to condition the local track, Inverness Raceway. "When I was a child, the track was the place to be in the summer," he says, demonstrating he same passion Greene brought to his myriad racing responsibilities. Sweet Karen may be the HHYF diva, but Michigander Rebecca Galloway, the daughter of Scott and Tracy Galloway, is anything but. She has the talent and the ability of a diva, but leaves the attitude at home. Galloway attended the week-long HHYF Balmoral Park/Odds On Racing camp in 2010 (attendance at an HHYF event is a pre-requisite for the scholarship) and learned a great deal about the differences and similarities between the HHYF Trottingbreds and the larger Standardbreds that she had seen race. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, here she will study Psychology. Rebecca plans to use her degree to develop a therapeutic equine program that involves a driving element. She attends Otsego High School and despite a demanding course load carries a 3.6 GPA. "Reading their essays, it's really clear that these two scholarship recipients meet the criteria and ideals that the Curt Greene and Sweet Karen Scholarships entail," said HHYF President Marlys Pinske. "We are proud to be able to assist in their continuing education." Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - As a racehorse, Gallo Blue Chip was one of the gamest and most determined campaigners in harness racing history. In his honor two determined students will receive scholarships that will help them make their own mark on history in the future. Laura Doherty of Monticello, New York, has been granted a $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip scholarship by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The stipend is sponsored by Martin Scharf, who campaigned Gallo Blue Chip. Doherty will be in the ivy as she plans to attend Harvard where she will study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ranked 2nd in her class at Monticello High School, Doherty has a long list of extra-curricular achievements. In addition to being a four-year track athlete, she has shown her determination through her participation in forensics, and in numerous engineering courses and clinics at prestigious universities including MIT, winning awards at several. She has been a peer mentor and a biology and algebra tutor. She is a member of the National Honor Society and in her spare time she volunteers at the E.B. Crawford Public Library. Sarah Papa of Oneida, New York, near Syracuse, is also ranked 2nd in her class. She attends Stockbridge Valley Central School where she has studied, among other things, equine science. Sarah has been accepted into the 3+3 Physical Therapy program at SUNY-Geneseo, one of just 17 students accepted to the program from 152 applicants. She plans to continue that course of study in graduate school, eventually becoming a physical therapist. A member of the National Honor Society, Sarah has been a member of the wind ensemble for four years, where she plays the alto saxophone. "Both Sarah and Laura have worked exceptionally hard to get to this point," said HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "They epitomize everything that Gallo Blue Chip represented and are remarkable recipients of this award, which will be presented at the Meadowland by Mr. Scharf this winter." For more information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keihQ@hhyf.org    

Westfield, IN - Mark Hanamirian of Villanova, PA will be attending the Adios and meeting harness racing driver Dave Palone after his name was drawn as the winning entry in the Harness Horse Youth Foundation - Meadows Standarbred Owners Association HARNESS HEROES promotion. Hanamirian's set of HARNESS HEROES cards included one of several silver tickets to make him eligible for the promotion. He will get a backstretch tour and a trip around the track with Palone in a two-seat jogcart as well as spending the race card in the owner's dining area where he and his guests will receive a complimentary buffet. Other winners, who received HHYF and MSOA gear and collectible uncut sheets of HARNESS HEROES cards were Jean Goehlen of Aurora IL, Vicki Vilchek of Adah PA, Heidi Pergola of Monongahela PA and Suzanne Valdisera of Pittsburgh PA. Each year, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation issues a set of 35 HARNESS HEROES trading cards featuring the various equine and human award winners in harness racing. For ordering information go to http://hhyf.org/harness-heroes. 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.   Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN- May 15th is the deadline to apply for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer programs. Complete 5-day schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation's Youth Camps and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. HHYF's popular five-day overnight camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 20-24 at Harrington Raceway, in Delaware; July 7-11 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania; and July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and a five-day non-overnight camp at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey, July 27-31. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 8. All HHYF events feature hands-on experiences, including driving the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Running Aces in Minnesota on June 8-9; Nappanee Raceway in Indiana on June 15; Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 26; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 11. "Our sponsors help us keep our fees quite reasonable compared to other camps of any kind. $150 for a five-day camp is really pretty amazing." says HHYF project manager Keith Gisser. "There is not a youth equine program anywhere that gives you value. But regardless of cost there is no better way to introduce youngsters to the business and sport of harness racing. Remember applications need to be postmarked by May 15." 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 Keith Gisser, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or 216-374-1392. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - The April 30 application deadline for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is rapidly approaching. Applications and complete information on these financial awards is available at http://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The three HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainer or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; The $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,500 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources at http://www.hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. 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. For more information on this release contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392, or at keith@hhyf.org.  

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its 2015 harness racing summer program schedule which includes eight states and two time-zones, including a leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Track and a one-day event at Nappanee Raceway, an Indiana track that features Trottingbreds - the breed the Foundation uses to teach horsemanship. Complete 2015 schedule information, along applications for all of the Foundation's Summer Programs is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. HHYF's popular five-day overnight camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 20-24 at Harrington Raceway, in Delaware; July 7-11 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania; and July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and a five-day non-overnight camp at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey, July 27-31. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 8. The leadership program for high school age students with previous HHYF experience is set for Goshen Historic Track for July 20-24. All events feature hands-on experience, including driving the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Running Aces in Minnesota on June 8-9; Nappanee Raceway in Indiana on June 15; Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 26; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 11. Check the website for possible additional public programs. A number of closed programs for interested groups (4-H, scouts, etc.) are scheduled and dates remain available for additional programs for similar organizations. "HHYF will be hitting the road earlier than usual this year and extend the HHYF season into mid-August in order to accommodate all our hosts. We are very fortunate to have supportive sponsors and volunteers who recognize our mission's importance. I hope we can find a way to share with even more people the enthusiasm of the participants as they discover the fun of driving and caring for a racehorse; seeing it really refreshes one's outlook," explained HHYF 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, 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. Keith Gisser, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or 216-374-1392.

Westfield, IN- Harness racing horse owners, trainers and drivers stepped up in a big way to support the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2014 Drive for Youth campaign, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, which supports HHYF activities including youth camps and scholarships, early in October. Ellen Taylor, HHYF Executive Director said, "Each year, the list of contributors, as well as participating tracks, becomes more humbling with the generous support. From large stables like the Burkes to the guy who only races a couple horses, the industry seems to grasp the importance of our educational mission. Many thanks to all those who helped make this year another successful event." She went on to thank the numerous horse people who assisted in the effort. "So many people pitched in, but we need to especially thank Stefanie Howard, Lisa Avenatti, Brandon Bates at Hoosier Park; Heather Wilder at The Meadows; Olivia Kimelman at Lexington's Red Mile; and Gina Maybee at Rosecroft." 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 Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keith@hhyf.org From The Harness Horse Youth Foundation

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