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Harness Horsemen International continued their Annual Meetings on March 4 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Horsemen’s representatives from ten associations, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA were in attendance.   T.C. Lane of the USTA offered the audience a first look at the new online entry system for horsemen, to be launched in the near future. Any USTA member will be able to access this user-friendly system, Lane stressed, which allows trainers to enter their horses at various racetracks via the Internet, free of charge.     Association reports continued, followed by HHI committee meetings. The Insurance Committee discussed current HHI coverage, including liability, fire, and disaster, and pending cases which could affect the horse industry, as well as possible changes in policies.   Instant racing in Kentucky and sports wagering in New Jersey were topics cited by the Legal Committee. The HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee passed a motion to use a universal scholarship application for all horsemen’s association scholarships, in order to simplify the process for applicants. A proposal by the HHI Convention Committee, to return to this same meeting place in 2015, will be voted on in the Wednesday General Session.   The March 5 meetings will begin with elections and a panel discussion entitled “I Can’t Believe This is Happening,” which will examine critical issues facing Standardbred horsemen, followed by the HHI Awards Luncheon.   The HHI Annual Meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday, March 6.   HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   by Kim Rinker, for HHI

The end of the breeding season is near, and harness racing stakes season is starting. It is the time of year to see what your foals of 2010 and 2011 are doing on the track. For some, it is an exciting time. For others, not so much. We have all been there, and the good times keep us in the game.

Saturday Night at the Races, which features live radio broadcasts of many of the top harness racing in North America, will begin its fourth year June 1 with a show featuring the Art Rooney Pace and the Lismore at Yonkers.

The Historic Stakes, some of the oldest and most prestigious harness racing events on the Grand Circuit, conducted for more than 80 years, have a new venue for freshman pacers and trotters.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association advises harness racing horsemen of a general membership meeting to be held Sunday, January 13 at the Indiana County Fair Office in Indiana, PA.

Vivid Photo, one of harness racing's greatest underdogs and winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, continued breaking records and thrilling fans in the years since his crowning victory.

The Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association recently gave out two harness racing awards for outstanding performance in the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association will hold a meeting on Sunday, May 6 in the Fair Office at the Indiana County Fairgrounds in Indiana, PA.

Until further notice, harness racing horses shipping from Saratoga to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs or Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack will be required to show proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for strangles.

"PA Harness Week," harness racing's fastest-paced half-hour, is back with more action and a longer season.

Governor Tom Corbett's proposed $72 million raid on the Race Horse Development Fund for 2012, together with a planned $47 million transfer to the state's general fund, would make it virtually impossible to continue stakes racing at 2011 levels according to the heads of the state's standardbred harness racing horsemen's organizations.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association announces that Jeff Zidek has been elected president of the harness racing group, effective immediately.

Eight of Pennsylvania's best harness racing drivers will converge on Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack Sunday, December 18th to battle it out for their share of $50,000 in total prize money.

Heather Moffett, the popular host of two Middle-Atlantic area harness racing television programs, Post Time (in Delaware) and PA Harness Week (seen in Eastern Pennsylvania), is working on a campaign to raise money for two charities, and, at the same time, bring new fans to the Standardbred sport.

The best of the best harness racing drivers in Pennsylvania will battle it out for bragging rights, plus a share of $50,000 in total prize monies, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, October 15th.

Harness racing fans who can't make it to the track won't have to miss the biggest day in Pennsylvania harness racing. Super Stakes Sunday will be broadcast live nationally for the first time from Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack on the MavTV cable network as well as locally on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

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