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Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced its 2014 summer program schedule which includes a return to Ocean Downs for the first time since 2000; a full five-day program at Harrington Raceway after an absence of several years; and a leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Track. Complete 2014 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 overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-35 at Harrington, in Delaware; July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and July 21-25 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 2. A leadership camp for high school age students with previous HHYF experience is set for Goshen Historic Track for July 7-11. All of these camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Gaitway Farm in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 5. Check the website for possible added programs. HHYF will also conduct special programs for equine oriented groups throughout the summer. The Foundation, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of harness racing fans, will also have a presence at the Pinehurst Matinee, the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, the Open Space at Freehold Raceway, and at The Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity day. "We anticipate another busy summer with lots of potential new young fans ready to learn about harness racing," said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "HHYF truly appreciates the support of our sponsors each year so that we can continue our educational efforts which are so important to the industry's 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, 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.  

Westfield, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's new website at www.hhyf.org is now live. The redesigned site is easier to navigate with more content and dynamic features. It is highlighted by an easier-to-read layout, including rotating featured stories and photos. "The website redesign is just one part of HHYF's effort to stay contemporary. We are also excited about our other marketing tools including print materials and brief commercial spot which visually help bring our programs to life. With summer programs right around the corner, it's just the right time for the big 'reveal.'" HHYF has also rolled out a new brochure which can be downloaded from the website. Hard copies can be requested by e-mail to ellen@hhyf.org or keith@hhyf.org. HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser explains, "We have always done event specific brochures and flyers. HHYF does so many things for young harness racing fans that we felt it was important to create an identity brochure that introduced them to everything we have to offer." 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, ,hhykeith@earthlnk.net or 216-384.1392.    

Westfield, IN- 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. Information on these financial awards is available at www.hhyf.org/scholarships.asp. 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 $1,500 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. 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. Submitted by HHYF

Martin Scharf presents Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships at Meadowlands In a winner's circle presentation during the Saturday, January 4 race card at The Meadowlands, Martin Scharf presented The Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships to Kayla Prentice of Vernon, New York and Michelle Galligan of Cuddebackville, New York. Prentice who was awarded a $15,000 scholarship, attends Syracuse University and studies health and exercise science. The daughter of Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr., is an Honors Graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherill High School with a 4.0 GPA. She ran track and cross-country, captaining both squads her senior year. Kayla has a wide-ranging record of community service including work on relay For Life, on a number of community-based running events 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. She has spent parts of the last four years working for the Mark Ford Stable as a caretaker. 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 offered by Orange County Community College and Syracuse University. Through her work with the Ford Stable, she has actually worked hands-on with the great pacer in whose honor the scholarship is named. She received a $5,000 stipend. The HHYF has posted applications for the 2014 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and its other scholarships at its website, www.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, 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. Submitted by HHYF

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 etih@hhyf.org 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 hhyfkeiith@earthlink.net. 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.

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