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Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has set up a PayPal donation portal for those that want to help Ohio harness racing horsemen in need during the COVID-19 crisis. All money donated will go to the OHHA Horsemen's Benevolent Fund. Those that donate will be able to earmark their donation for either the Equine Benevolent or Human Benevolent fund. Horsemen can complete an Equine or Human Benevolent Fund application and submit it to the OHHA Fund Trustees for consideration. OHHA President Steve Bateson says the Human and Equine Benevolent Funds have been there since 2015 to help horsemen that are having a significant financial hardship or that have horses in peril. "OHHA Trustees for the funds will go through the applications as quickly as possible. The Trustees have a simplistic and fair across the board system in place to expedite the process." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has created a webpage to combine its COVID-19 resources. The page is located here The page, includes links to: The PayPal Donation Portal The Equine and Human Benevolent Fund Application COVID-19 Ohio Financial and Heath Assets which include: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Trust information, State of Ohio governmental updates, Federal CARES Act relief package information, City of Columbus information and resources for Ohio businesses and workers including information about unemployment aid and foreclosure information. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine's order, I will be working from home. I will be reachable via e-mail and cell phone. Please call me at 614-569-6404.          

You are hereby directed:   1. Horse racing is cancelled at your facility through April 30, 2020;   2. If your backside (including dormitories) is open, it SHALL remain open and operational until further notice;   3. If your track is available for training, it SHALL remain open for reasonable equine exercise until further notice.   The intent of this directive:   1. Prevent horse abuse/abandonment;   2. Allow for consolidated feed operations;   3. Prevent homelessness for those who temporarily/seasonally reside on the backside;   4. Provide adequate exercise for horses on property needed to prevent injury potentially caused by confinement   It is incumbent on the horsemen organizations in the State of Ohio and the racing permit holders operating as Racinos in the State of Ohio to submit a 30-day and a 60-day plan to comply with this directive (including financials) to the Ohio State Racing Commission (Commission) not later than midnight April 2, 2020.   The Commission considers themselves a partner with the horsemen and permit holders in reaching a solution to the issues and stand ready to assist the parties in compromise.   You should take all reasonable measures possible to continue social distancing practices.   The Commission will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available.   Thank you for your patience as we all deal with this unprecedented and very fluid situation.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 614-466-2758.   If you need further information on COVID-19, please visit, coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634.   Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance (O.H.H.H.I.T.) Trustees as administrators of the Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Trust would like to announce financial relief for all Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Plan Participants. As-of the date of the first Order cancelling racing (March 20, 2020), each Self-Pay Plan Participant will automatically receive a credit for two months of health insurance plan premiums at their existing coverage level. For example, if a horseman has paid their April premium costs for family coverage, they will receive a credit for their May and June family coverage premiums. If the April family coverage premium has not been paid, the credit will apply to family coverage for their April and May premium costs. There is no need to do anything to receive the credit. It will automatically be applied to all self-pay coverage classes. Note that if there are changes in coverage to a higher level of coverage (i.e., single to family coverage) during the credit time-period, the credit for the lower level of coverage will apply and the difference between the higher and lower premium cost will have to be paid. In addition, during this time, existing Breeding Farm Employees and Racetrack Grooms that are employed and active in the Plan, will continue to receive their premium costs covered. Separation from any covered employer will be handled as-per the Plan's rules. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide updates regarding financial relief initiatives as they take place via www.ohha.com and social media outlets. For immediate updates, please subscribe to the OHHA Emergency and Informational Text Blast system by texting "OHHA" to 1-888-808-1507. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

Grove City, Ohio -There has been clarification from the Ohio State Racing Commission in regard to the continuation of live racing in Ohio. At this time all racing can proceed. This clarification authorizes the continuation of racing with simulcast-only wagering in place, racing personnel to de minimis levels of only those required, the closure of racing locations to live spectators, and a reduction of horsemen in their paddock workplace to only those that are necessary and essential to race. Please recognize that in the paddock, as with any workplace, you should maintain social distancing (approximately six feet away from other people) whenever possible, continue to wash hands, maintain proper respiratory etiquette, and above all self-quarantine if you experience any illness symptoms at this time. Thank you for your patience as we continue to proactively monitor and review this situation. We will immediately text any updates to all racing social media outlets and OHHA Emergency Text Blast. To subscribe to the OHHA Emergency Text Blast, text OHHA to 614-924-8072. As a reminder on the 2020 OHHA Staking Nomination Due Date of March 15th. As in past years when March 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or other legal Holiday, we will recognize nominations as timely submitted if they are received and/or postmarked by March 16th. Please make sure that any U.S. Postal Service method enables us to verify the Postmark Date and your nomination contains an Official U.S. Postal Service Postmark. For the sake of fairness, we adhere strictly to this rule for all nominations. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - As a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus, The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Miami Valley Gaming will postpone the Big Screen Television giveaway scheduled for Friday March 13th. The OHHA will work with Miami Valley Gaming to reschedule this event when it is appropriate and prudent. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will again be offering scholarship opportunities to OHHA members and their families. Completed applications are due June 15, 2020. Application and requirements are available on the OHHA website. https://www.ohha.com/assets/2020-ohha-scholarship-application.pdf. The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program and provide complete details regarding the harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program in conjunction with their application. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and must be used towards the cost and expenses directly related to coursework and a degree being pursued at a college or university. The announcement of 2020 OHHA Scholarship recipients will be made August 3, 2020. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association would like to remind horsemen that nominations for the Buckeye Stallion Series, Ohio Fair Racing Conference and Ohio Fair Championships are due March 15th. The fee to nominate a horse for the Buckeye Stallion Series is $250. There is a $250 starting fee for each leg and $500 for the finals. The nominating fee for the Ohio Fair Racing Conference is $75 for each fair. The cost to nominate one horse across the board is $420. There is a total of 21 fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference. There is a starting fee of $75 for Scarlet fairs and $200 for Gray fairs. For the Ohio Fair Championship, there is a $100 nomination fee with an entry fee of $200. Nomination forms, conditions and schedules for the three series are available at OHHA.com. Nomination forms with payments should be sent to: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, 2237 Sonora Drive, Grove City, OH 43123. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is looking to hire a Publications, Marketing and Outreach Assistant. The Publications, Marketing and Outreach Assistant will be a full-time, at will integrated position. Benefits include, health insurance, vacation, and Simple IRA participation. The Publications, Marketing and Outreach Assistant will work in a supporting role, closely with the Association's Team of Coordinators. The individual will assist in the development and execution of the Association's public relations, publications, marketing, events, and outreach initiatives, to promote Harness Racing in Ohio. Please send resume, including salary requirements, by 5:00 p.m. March 13, 2020 to, rmancino@ohha.com incomplete resumes or resumes submitted without salary requirements will be discarded and not considered. For a full job description visit OHHA.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. "Horsing Around" is scheduled to debut Saturday February 15th at 9:00 AM. Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will feature interviews with breeders, trainers, owners and other involved in harness racing. Bell's guest for the inaugural show include Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware. Bell says, "if you like horses, harness racing or the Little Brown Jug, you will love this show." WDLR General Manager Mike Schnell says horsemen have been asking for a show like this. "As the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware is a major hub of activity for horsemen. It is only natural that we developed a show focusing on the equine industry and its value to the state of Ohio." The show will air Saturday mornings on WDLR-Delaware, Ohio (92.9 FM and 1550 AM) at 9:00AM. Listeners outside the stations signal will also be able to listen to the show. It will also be available on-line at wdlr.com and will be available via the Tune In app. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

In the latest edition of Top of Stretch, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Brand Ambassador Roger Huston catches up with the connections of 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year, Elver Hanover. Here is the link to podcast: https://player.captivate.fm/d7dea386-e3bc-4bf5-a169-8c0a8497d9ad        

Grove City, Ohio - Elver Hanover, the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has been named the 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser - Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby earning $363,450. A world champion by way of winning the first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at Lexington in 1:48.3, Elver Hanover also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred at Hanover Shoe Farms, Elver Hanover's Ohio earnings ($288,600) was almost double of the next closest colt. Mickey Burke of Burke Racing Stable says the honor was well deserved "It is very rare that you see a horse go nine for nine, lead the state and set world records." "There is something special about Elver Hanover" says part-owner Jablonsky. "He's a gifted horse. He's very fast and good gaited. He really knows how to win and get the job done." Elver Hanover and his connections were honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA              

Grove City, Ohio - A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his harness racing win totals from 2018 on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock - Aquatic Yankee by Cambest won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Scioto Downs and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Driver Tyler Smith says Sectionline Bigry is an unbelievable horse, "He showed up for every big dance we had. He is such a handy horse that is so fast and has a will to win." Sectionline Bigry will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Ohio-bred Mission Accepted raced at 11 different tracks in two countries, winning five times on the way to being named 2019 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Mission Accepted, the daughter of Manofmanymissions - Witty Girl by S J's Photo won three of her five Ohio races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Knox Services, David B. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC earning $422,595. Mission Accepted scored his biggest win of the year in the $ 250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Mission Accepted was bred by Knox Services in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "What a nice horse," said driver Chris Page. "I'm truly blessed to sit behind him. He does everything right." Page says it cool having an Ohio bred that can venture out on the Grand Circuit races. Mission Accepted will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Robert K. Schmitz will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Robert K. Schmitz has an extensive knowledge of harness racing. Schmitz has been an owner and breeder of Standardbreds since 1983. He was appointed to the Ohio State Racing Commission in 2011 by Governor John Kasich and served two terms as Chairman of the commission. His term expired in March of 2019. He lobbied for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed to the Standardbred Development Fund in 2001 and served until his appointment to the commission in 2011. He operates Robert K. Schmitz Associates located in downtown Columbus and his knowledge and expertise as a government affairs specialist is extensive. He has over 45 years of experience working with the Ohio General Assembly. Schmitz is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science. Schmitz and his wife Jenny live in Bexley, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing. The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing. The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. Tickets to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United State Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet are $ 30 and are available by contacting the OHHA office at 614-221-2650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 harness racing season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association.  Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock - Don't Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. A world champion by way of winning the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park in 1:52.3, Looksgoodinaromper also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper also set a new stakes record in winning the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship in August at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Chris Page says Looksgoodinaromper holds a special place in his heart, "I drove her mother Don't Blame Her. I loved her mother and Looksgoodinaromper is a lot like her." Page says she is a very nice filly that loves her work. Looksgoodinaromper will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Julie Amstutz and Gene Wiley will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Special -Service to Harness Racing Awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Amstutz of Pandora, Ohio, will be honored for her forty-seven years of service as a clerk of the course and a charter. Amstutz comes from a harness racing family. Her parents, Dr. Clyde and Bess Field, were heavily involved as harness racing officials. Dr. Field served as president of the Western Ohio Colt Racing Association and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association while his wife Bess was the secretary-treasurer for the Western Ohio Colt Racing Association. Amstutz followed in her parents' footsteps by becoming a clerk of the course at several county fairs in 1972. She expanded that position at other fairs and then added the duties of charter to her responsibilities. Her final year of charting was in 2018. Wiley of Richwood, Ohio will be honored for his service as a race official. Wiley has been a harness racing official since the early 1970s. His first duties were as a starter at fairs in Indiana. In early 1975, he earned his license to judge at county fairs. His first assignment as a presiding judge came later that year at the Huron County Fair in Norwalk, Ohio. He soon received other positions as a presiding judge throughout the state. Wiley believes that he has worked for at least one fair in every colt circuit that Ohio has ever had, except one. Wiley worked at a factory that manufactured hydraulic equipment for farm machinery for many years while moonlighting as a presiding judge at the fairs. He also found time to serve as an associate judge at Raceway Park in Toledo and as a substitute presiding judge at both Scioto Downs and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Wiley has not slowed down much as he served as the presiding judge at fifteen fairs in 2019. Tickets to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United State Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet are $ 30 and are available by contacting the OHHA office at 614-221-2650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

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