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The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a part-time Office Manager with in depth knowledge of social media and experience with administrative tasks, as well as general knowledge of the horse industry. The Office Manager will oversee office operations, including maintenance of HHYF website and social media accounts as well as assist with program services including camps. This will be a salaried, remote position and require 20-25 hours of work per week. Full job description below. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to ellen@hhyf.org. Office Manager Description: The Office Manager works closely with the Executive Director, HHYF board of trustees and other staff members. This individual is responsible for the daily administrative tasks which assures a well-managed and well-organized organization. He/she will oversee office operations, assist with program service including camps and other activities, maintain website, develop and manage social media programs. Individual recommends changes in office practice and procedures. The Office Manager is a critical team member whose focus is to ensure the efficient operations of the organization. As this is a remote position, independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload. Employee will need to provide his/her own personal computer with MS Office suite, printer, internet access, and phone line. Duties & Responsibilities Handle phone, email and postal mail inquiries and respond appropriately. Oversee dissemination of promotional materials and press releases on a regular basis. Assist with basic finance operations (filing, requests from accountants etc.). Manage and execute special projects as assigned. Act as a project manager for special projects which may include: planning and coordinating presentations and special event planning. Coordinate the planning of the youth camps, including camp registrations, lodging, transportation and specific details to make camps run smoothly. Maintain files, donor databases as well as other recordkeeping information. Maintain the HHYF website including posting news articles, updating contacts and links, etc. as well as managing its Search Engine Optimization. Plan, manage and implement all social media activities including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Coordinate e-newsletter compilation and distribution. All other duties as assigned. Note: The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position. An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Job Requirements The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, education, knowledge, skill and/or abilities required. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in business administration/office management/marketing. Ability to self-manage and work with little day to day supervision. Capable of managing multiple projects at the same time. Strong interpersonal skills and work well with other staff members and trustees. Strong writing and communication skills. High level of flexibility and time management. Represents the organization in a professional manner. Comfortable speaking to clients, vendors, donors, etc. Strong knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong knowledge of social media landscapes, networks, toolsets. Strong knowledge of website management is a plus. Physical & Mental Demands The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. This is a largely sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, type and engage in repetitive motion. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or grasp. The employee is intermittently required to stoop or crouch; push or pull; or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and intermittently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 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. Keith Gisser    

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation trustees recently elected four new individuals to its 15-member working board. Jennifer Connor, Suzanne D’Ambrose, John Reames, and Gabe Wand along with reelected incumbents Nicola Abrams, Tony Alagna, and Emily Gaskin will each dedicate their efforts to educating today’s youth about harness racing by actively working on various HHYF projects. Jennifer Connor, Pine Bush, NY, comes from a family of horsemen who have volunteered on many occasions with HHYF activities. “My parents even trained Sweet Karen one year so I see how important HHYF work is. One big goal is to keep the kids involved after their camp experience. We need to find ways to give them more access and the ability to network.” Jennifer is an equine pharmaceutical representative, races under saddle, and is an owner and breeder. Suzanne D’Ambrose, Neptune, NJ, is an enthusiastic Standardbred supporter in several capacities even before joining the HHYF board. A 4-H advisor and Corresponding Secretary for Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey, she also retrains retired harness horse under saddle and, along with her equine sidekick Independent Act, participates in meet-and-greets at local events. “I have 26 years of teaching experience and we need to get kids excited about learning horsemanship. I want to help HHYF solidify its curriculum to make sure it is standardized in order to expand our reach and retain quality instructors.” John Reames, Dayton, OH, has been on the road as HHYF program assistant for the past two summers and prior to that both of his sons participated in the camps. “It’s a whole lot more than people realize; the logistics that go into running the camps are enormous. I am retired but my experience with structured companies, processes and procedures, how to get things done gives me a different perspective on how to help HHYF adapt going forward.” Gabe Wand, Dodgeville, WI, is an active owner, trainer, and driver as well as serving as Wisconsin Harness Horsemen’s Association President for the past 14 years (in a state with no pari-mutuel wagering) so he emphasizes the importance of creating new fans. “We have done many camps under HHYF guidance for years and introduced more than 1000 kids to racing. We need to remember that we are not just looking to produce new drivers, trainers or caretakers – but also new enthusiasts…and that can be hard to measure in the long term.” At its annual meeting, HHYF also reelected its 2018 slate of officers: Ron Battoni – President; Adam Bowden – Vice President; Allison Conte – Secretary; Nicola Abrams – Treasurer. 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 harness horses, 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

Sudlersville, MD- While many Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camp alumni have made their marks in the harness racing industry over the past 40 years, a whole new generation is now showing up on programs regularly. Artie Dick, 21, who attend camp at Balmoral Park in Illinois, recently picked up his first Meadowlands driving win with Major Legacy. Besim Odza, who is just 18, earned his first training victory at Freehold with Steady Pulse; Odza attended camp in Goshen, New York. And Delaware native Eric Davis, 21, who has been driving on the New England circuit debuted as trainer and driver last week at the Meadowlands with Arpeggio Hanover. HHYF is proud of these young men, just a few from the long list of individuals who got their first tastes of harness racing by attending HHYF summer programs. Is there someone in the business who you are proud of? There's no better way to honor him/her than by making a contribution to HHYF or perhaps you will include HHYF in your year-end giving? To make a donation, go to www.hhyf.org and hit the donate button, or you can send a check or money order to our current address, 217 East Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Sudlersville, MD- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), the harness racing industry leader in youth development is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the three 2018 scholarships HHYF offers. Completed applications are not due at the HHYF office until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://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). 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 $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. HHYF has awarded over $625,000 in scholarship grants since its 1976 founding. 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. That list is available at http://hhyf.org/scholarships-and-education. For over 40 years, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, ia charitable 501(c)3 organization, has been 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 is at the forefront of youth education and service to harness racing , making a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For further information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or e-mail keith@hhyf.org.      

Anderson, Indiana- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in celebration of the 34th edition of the harness racing Breeders Crown, is sponsoring a charitable art show and silent auction in conjunction with Anderson(IN) Community Schools. The auction supports the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Standardbred Retirement Fund. The Madison County Animal Protection League will also benefit. Art of all types, executed by students and faculty of Anderson Schools, is featured in the on-line auction here. The art exhibit and silent auction is open to the public, and will feature original works from local students in the Madison County community. Much of the art, which may include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, woodwork, and more, will also be showcased at Hoosier Park during the week leading up to the Breeders Crown. “We are extremely proud to announce our ART-Rageous Culture For A Cause auction as part of the 2017 Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park,” said Emily Gaskin, Hoosier Park’s Race Marketing Manager. The charity organizations, along with our local, very talented, art students, deserve our support and acknowledgment and we are hopeful that the racing fans will join us in our efforts to support them with the Artrageous event.” For more information on the beneficiaries, go to the organizational websites, www.hhyf.org for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; www.newvocations.org forr New Vocations; www.adoptahorse.org for the Standardbred Retirement Fund; and www.inapl.org for the Animal Protection League. The 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events with purses valued at $6 million, will be raced over two nights at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The Breeders Crown is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park. For more information on the upcoming Breeders Crown events and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Keith Gisser  

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce Maja Bown and Hannah Wieder as recipients of the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf, honors the pacer who retired as the richest pacer of all time; Scharf campaigned Gallo Blue Chip during his illustrious career. Bown and Wieder will be honored at a special dinner and winners circle ceremony at The Meadowlands later this year. "I'm so honored to have received this scholarship as it relieves some of the financial burden of obtaining my college education, " said Bown who will receive the $15,000 stipend. She is currently studying nursing and wellness at the University of New Hampshire which will allow her to enter a nursing program after graduation. She hopes to positively affect more people through nursing than she would have been able to as a dietician. She is particularly interested in oncology, as she lost her father to cancer while she was in the sixth grade. Bown was the recipient of the Curt Greene Scholarship from HHYF in 2016. She has worked at a number of New Jersey stables during summer break. "I was so unbelievably excited to hear the news about the scholarship. My parents have done and sacrificed so much for me over the years that I want to make them proud" said $5,000 Gallo Blue Chip recipient Hannah Wieder, of Yonkers, New York. She will attend Quinnipiac University to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Once she has her degree, she will move into an accelerated nursing program. Getting involved in medicine is something that is near and dear to Wieder, as she was born three months prematurely and spent several months in neonatal intensive care. A graduate of Maria Regina High School, Hannah is an after school religious teacher, a Eucharistic minister and has volunteered at White Plains Hospital, where she was born. Her father Alex campaigns a small stable at Yonkers Raceway. For more information on HHYF Scholarships, go to https://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The organization also maintains a harness racing scholarship database at https://hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Four talented and dedicated students have been selected to represent their Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camps in this year's harness racing driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambeltonian Day, Saturday, August 5. They are Lily Kairewich of Chittenango, NY; Sundene Lodge of Milton, DE; Danny Eick of Howell, NJ; and Connor Lutz of Etters, PA. 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 wagering card. Here is the field for Saturday's event: PP1. Pokie's Topshot driven by Lily Kairewich, age 12, representing Vernon Downs. Assistant Driver: David Miller PP2 CD'S Miss M driven by Sundene Lodge, age 13, representing Harrington Raceway. Assistant Driver: Scott Zeron PP3. I Want Another driven by Danny Eick, age 12, representing Gaitway Farm. Assistant Driver:Andy Miller PP4 Royal Attire driven by Connor Lutz, age 12, representing The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Assistant Driver: Tim Tetrick According to HHYF Executive Directors Ellen Taylor the participants selected for this event showed exemplary horsemanship at their camps and are ideal candidates to represent the organization. Taylor and the HHYF also wish to thank Miller, Zeron, Miller and Tetrick, as well as Meadowlands management for their continued support of the organization. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2017 set of HARNESS HEROES trading cards is now available. This year's 35-card set features last year's equine stars Always B Miki, the Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Betting Line, Hannelore Hanover, Pure Country and others. Human honorees include Brian Sears, David Miller, Team Teague and Jimmy Takter, to name just a few. The cards even give a nod to Hall of Fame horses of the past like Dale Frost and Darnley. As customary, all 2016 equine divisional champions in the United States and Canada are showcased on these collectible cards, as are most of the top-award winning human stars of the sport. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information, baseball card style. This year's card sets are being assembled by Delaware area youth: the Peach Blossom and the Hollowing-n-Hooves 4-H Clubs. The participation by the clubs gives them the opportunity to raise funds as well as helping HHYF connect with local interested young people. To order your set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set, to Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 217 E. Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, e-mail Ellen@hhyf.org. For more information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or hhyfkeith@earthlink.net

Westfield, IN- With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's May 15 camp application deadline rapidly approaching, students are not the only ones scrambling to prepare. The harness racing organization's stable of Trottingbred horses is being prepped for its cross-country tour. Our two newcomers, Cindy Jodine (with the Brett Bittle Stable) and Gold N Rose (with the Travis Ceppaluni Stable) are prepping in New Jersey. Also prepping in the Garden State is Pokie's Topshot with the Chris Ryder Stable. The Trottingbreds in have invaded Delaware in full force, with five HHYF horses training there. CD's Miss M (with the Jody Stafford Stable), Ima's Hit (with the Don Brittingham Stable), Royal Attire (with the Eddie Dennis Stable) and I want Another (with the Ron Millman Stable). The fifth Delaware trainee, LR Trixie, is again with the Andrew Stafford Stable and she is carrying on an HHYF tradition of getting youngsters engaged in all aspects of horse care. Just as the entire Giberson family was totally involved in the prepping of Sweet Karen for several years, so are the Staffords. Ten-year-old Ethan Stafford recently used Trixie in a 4-H harnessing demonstration, further cementing the four-year long friendship he has developed with the Trottingbred. And, speaking of HHYF's twenty-year-old goodwill ambassador, Sweet Karen (www.facebook.com/HHYFSweetKaren?ref=hl) will be doing several meet and greets this year, starting with the Diamond Creek Farm Open House on June 3. "Just like racehorses, our horses can't just show up at camps and be expected to work hard," says HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "They need to be legged up and in good physical condition. We could not possibly do the outreach we do without the voluntary work of our trainers each year. We are especially appreciative of Brittany Farms for providing an off-season home for our Trottingbreds during the last decade, as well as Diamond Creek Farm who will be assuming that responsibility this fall." The trainers will work with the horses for about two months before the HHYF camp season begins at Harrington Raceway in Delaware. From there the HHYF road show moves on to Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey before returning home before Labor Day. For a complete schedule of events, go to http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keith@hhyf.org  

As part of its continuing efforts to create opportunities for young people in the equine world, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is updating its internship listings at www.hhyf.org. Any harness racing related business - farm, training center, horseman's organization, retail business, racetrack, you name it - can have its listing posted for free. Simply e-mail specifics to HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser (keith@hhyf.org) and your listing will be added. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has awarded its most prestigious honor, the 2016 Service to Youth Award, to Dr. Patricia Hogan. The Service To Youth Award is given to individuals or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients show exceptional assistance (either financially or educationally) to existing HHYF programs or in their own successful efforts. Hogan is a well-known and well-respected veterinarian, most notably known for her involvement with Dan Patch Horse of the Year Always B Miki. Hogan has been honored by numerous organizations over her career. She previously received the 2016 Inaugural Equistar Award from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the 2008 Spirit of the Horse Award from Rutgers University, and the 2004 President’s Award from the American Veterinary Medicine Association.  "Dr. Hogan’s long term support of HHYF in addition to her benevolence fortifies her selection” according to HHYF President Marlys Pinske. “She exemplifies the best in harness racing and our board is pleased to present her yet another honor for her efforts.” HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor adds, “Dr. Hogan has a long affiliation with HHYF, having received scholarships from the Foundation during her schooling in the late 1980s. She serves as an exceptional role model for countless young people with aspirations to become veterinarians. She mentors college students, offers clinic tours during the annual Fair Winds Open House and has participated in ‘take your daughter to work’ efforts.” The late Stan Bergstein won the inaugural Service To Youth Award in 1979 and since then a Who’s Who of harness racing, including Delvin Miller, John Campbell, Doug Brown and Albert Adams have been honored. Organizations including Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation, Brittany Farms and Hoosier Park have also received the award. Callie Davies-Gooch and Chris Wittstruck shared the award last year. A complete list of Service To Youth award recipients is posted at http://hhyf.org/service-to-youth-award. HHYF welcomes nominations from the harness racing industry for consideration. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - Do you have experience training Standarbred horses? Would you like to teach that skill to young people? If so, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation wants you. HHYF is seeking a Summer Programs Instructor to coordinate the organization's 2017 horsemanship camps and outreach events, while supervising care of the Foundation's stable of Trottingbred horses. Applicants should have experience training and shipping Standardbred horses, and experience in a teaching environment is beneficial. The position involves travel to multiple locations through the summer. A full job description and application is posted at http://hhyf.org/employment-opportunities. In addition to the application, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at ellen@hhyf.org, The application deadline is February 15, 2017. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - Walsh Products, the industry leader in harness racing manufacturing, and Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply, one of the top retailers in the sport, are teaming up to support the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF). Walsh and Big Dee's will each donate $5, a total of $10, for each complete set of harness sold between now and the end of the year. The donation applies regardless of the number of complete harnesses purchased and includes the upcoming venues of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Pennsylvania and the Blooded Horse Sale in Ohio. Purchasers do not need to take any action; the two companies will handle the details. Paul Treiber, President and Owner of Walsh Products and the organizer of this generous effort, explains "I feel it is very important to support the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and their programs which introduce young people to racing. The future of our business lies in the young people today and it gives me great pride to support this valuable organization." Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation makes a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this press release contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keith@hhyf.org Keith Gisser

Westfield, IN - Four outstanding pieces of original artwork will be sold at a live harness racing auction Monday, November 7 at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bidding will commence immediately following the sale of yearling hip #174. The four pieces will be sold in two lots of two. Lot One includes Towards Racing's Future, 18"x16" and Hopples, 14"X19". Lot Two features Homer and Jake, 19"x14" and Planning Strategy, 12'x16" horizontal work. All art is attractively matted and framed. Amy Pruner, alumnus of Harness Horse Youth Foundation and now a student in the University of Connecticut studying Equine Science, is the artist. The graphite pencil drawings were reproduced into sets of note cards which were distributed at HHYF's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Now YOU can own the original art. Payment is to be made to the HHYF representative immediately following the auction and shipping, if required, is the responsibility of the buyer. For more information, contact HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029. 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

East Rutherford, NJ - Twelve-year-old Bianca Miceli of Beachwood, New Jersey, piloted Royal Attire to a four-length harness racing victory. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) driving exhibition was held on the Hambletonian card Saturday, August 6. Miceli was assisted by HHYF alumnus Montrell Teague, who is the regular pilot of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Ima's Hit was placed second, with Evan White of North Bangor, New York, assisted by HHYF trustee Corey Callahan, while I Want Another, driven by Cammie Lange, ended up third. She was assisted by Hannah Miller. In addition to thanking The Meadowlands, its management and staff, and the horsemen who assisted with the event, HHYF would like to thank Travis Ceppaluni HHYF summer intern, John Reames HHYF summer assistant, HHYF graduate Oscar Kimelman for his help with warming up, and Olivia Kimelman, another HHYF graduate who served as paddock manager. 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

After the Harness Horse Youth Foundation finishes its 40th celebration brunch at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, the festivities will move next door to the Goshen Historic Track, where HHYF graduate Justin Irvine, 15, will be competing against adults in a matinee event though it won't be Irvine's first time over that surface. Last summer he attended HHYF's Leadership Program which was held at the track. The significance is not lost on the third-generation horseman. Irvine will go postward in the Open Pace, driving the 4 year-old Cruzing Hill. Mark and Kelly Ford, who operate a training center in Middletown, NY, coordinated finding Justin's mount with the blessing of the horse's owners George and Rose Bonomo. "Finding a horse to drive when you are not right there is tough, so I thank the Fords and the Bonomos. It will be different driving at Goshen," Irvine says of his second career start. "On a bigger scale. The Hall of Fame is right there and with all the celebrations, there may be a bit of pressure." Justin's father, Don Irvine Jr., has over 7,000 wins and is enshrined on Northfield Park's Wall of Fame in Ohio, as is Justin's uncle, William Irvine, with over 3,000 driving wins. "I have never felt obligated because of my family's success. It is just what I always wanted to do. That is why HHYF is so great. For me, I want to be a driver and a trainer and I can learn that at the camps. But I also enjoy listening to other people and their dreams. If they want to be a vet, whatever, you can learn all aspects of the sport. You meet people from so many different backgrounds who love harness racing," he says. "My first camp was 2014 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, and it was eye-opening. The Goshen leadership program just built on that initial experience." Keith Gisser

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