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MANALAPAN, NJ – October 14, 2016 – Harness racing drivers Yannick Gingras was elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Of the 758 members, 347 ballots were returned and counted on Friday October 14, 2016 by the accounting firm Drucker, Math & Whitman certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In one of the two contested categories – driver/trainer – Gingras received the most votes over incumbent Jacqueline Ingrassia and the other challenger Vincent Ginsburg. In the second contested category owners Anthony Perretti and Anthony Romano were both re-elected to another term.  The two incumbents were on the ballot with challenger Joe Jannuzzelli. In the uncontested breeders category Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were re-elected. This was Yannick Gingras’ first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors.  “I am happy to have been elected, I am looking forward to start working with those already in place on ways to get people in the stands and improve racing in New Jersey” said Gingras, who is currently top driver by earnings in North America. In other news reported from the annual SBOANJ meeting the board of directors took the opportunity to update members on the current status of the boards they chair. Anthony Romano Chairman of Insurance reported that the current status of the insurance account is in line to finish where it has been in the last few years.  Therefore, he does not foresee any increases to rates moving into 2017.  He also discussed the current alignment with the BCAP association, which recently opened its new medical trailer at Gaitway Farm.  The trailer is staffed by a Physician and Registered Nurse from Centra State and is currently open every other Friday to all members for medical needs. Chairman of Finance, Tom Pontone, discussed the benevolent fund payouts thus far, totaling $6,650.00 with a few more requests up for review. The benevolent fund has also been assisting a member navigate through the billing process and helping with claims while fighting cancer. Maritsa Quijada’Dill has been personally assisting this member in any way possible to help ease the financial burden during this difficult time.  The Benevolent Fund is available to help in more ways than simply awarding money if necessary. Mike Gulotta, treasurer, stated that the current conditions of the SBOANJ’s finances remain strong.  He made a point to mention the recent statements made by the Meadowlands that purses maybe cut in the upcoming winter meet.  If that does in fact happen, the SBOANJ income will drop and the budget will need to be reevaluated.  Gulotta assured all members that this was a matter that would continue to be monitored. Chairman of TrotPAC, Anthony Perretti updated all members on the grassroots campaign promoting the expansion of gaming in North Jersey. He played the two commercials that have been released to the public via social media, as well as appears on both the TrotPAC and SBOANJ’s websites.  Everyone is very happy with the response to the commercials as well as the amount of people they have reached on Facebook. The board held a closed-door meeting at the conclusion of the public meeting to further discuss campaign plans moving forward. Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ cstafford@sboanj.com 732-462-2357

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 23, 2016 -- Despite the suspension of a statewide campaign to encourage residents to support casino gaming outside of Atlantic City, the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey today announced that it would continue its grassroots efforts to help pass the ballot question that could provide much needed revenue to bolster New Jersey's struggling harness racing horsemen. It's frustrating that the best financed advocates for casino gaming in North Jersey decided to pull the plug on their statewide campaign,' said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ. " Our members now must use our limited financial resources to drive the message to voters that a YES vote on Question 1 will provide our industry with additional revenue to continue offering the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey important entertainment and quality of life benefits. Even if others are stepping back from the fight, the horsemen have no choice but to step up and do our part." This November 8th, voters will choose whether to allow casino gaming outside of Atlantic City. If the ballot question passes, the New Jersey Legislature could authorize two new casinos to be built in northern New Jersey. A percentage of the state tax revenue collected from the new casinos would be dedicated to supporting the horse racing industry. The SBOANJ has scheduled series of media interviews, public appearances, and social media events to highlight the Association and the benefit its members bring to their towns and communities. Courtney Stafford

(MANALAPAN, NJ) – The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey today hired national public relations powerhouse MWWPR to provide better messaging and strategic guidance as state voters are asked to vote this November in favor of a ballot question that could provide much needed revenue to the harness racing industry.  This November 8th, voters choose whether to allow casino gaming outside of Atlantic City.  If the ballot question passes, the New Jersey Legislature could authorize two new casinos to be built in northern New Jersey.  A percentage of the state tax revenue collected from the new casinos would be dedicated to supporting the horse racing industry. “MWWPR’s proven background in positive brand building and public relations strategies will be a valuable addition to our Association at this critical juncture,” said Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ.  “With the very real possibility of new casino revenue coming to our horsemen, the team at MWWPR will help us leverage our assets and show how we provide critical entertainment and quality of life benefits to the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey.” MWWPR will be tasked with convincing the public to vote favorably for the ballot question through a series of public relations, media, and advertising events sanctioned by SBOANJ.  Additionally, the firm also will highlight individual Association members and the benefit they bring to their towns and communities. “The horsemen are a vital part of the historic fabric of New Jersey,” said Brian Hague, Vice President of MWWPR.  “This campaign will do everything to get their story told and ensure that the Legislature provides the financial support necessary to protect this industry.” The MWWPR public relations campaign for the SBOANJ will begin September 6. Al Ochsner  

MANALAPAN, NJ – August 22, 2016 – On one of the biggest harness racing nights in Pennsylvania three of the final winners were bred in New Jersey,  the Garden State. The $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine was taken by the Fair Winds Farm bred three year old pacing colt Betting Line in an dominate fashion. The Ontario sired colt was bred and raised by Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge. Betting Line has won 9 of his 10 starts in 2016 and has lifetime earnings of over 1.3 million dollars. Southwind Farms of Pennington bred Southwind Frank. The three-year-old colt trotter bounced back from his second place finish in the Hambletonian to win the $500,000 Colonial. The New Jersey bred son of Muscle Hill has a lifetime mark of 1:52.1 and lifetime earnings of over 1.6 million dollars. Darlinonthebeach took the $350,000 Valley Forge final for three-year-old filly pacers. Bred in Allentown by White Birch Farms, Darlinonthebeach is on a winning streak for the month of August with three wins in a row. The Pennsylvania sired filly has won 8 of 13 starts in 2016. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 8, 2016 -- The Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey stakes races will be held on July 30,2016 at the Meadowlands. The estimated purses will be $145,000 for the Anthony Abbatiello NJ Classic and $85,000 for the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. In addition the SBOANJ has announced that they will reimburse the starting fees to the 6-10th place finishers for both races. The draw will be held on Monday morning July 25, 2016. The following horses are eligible. 2016 Anthony Abbatiello NJ Classic All The Cookies Boston Red Rocks Dontcallmefrancis Ideal Rocky Katies Rocker Mad Mad World Road Block Rock N Roll Style Rock Power Rockefeller Roll N Catch Undrafted Winning Linc 2016 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Blue Moon Stride Can'tgetenuffofyou Double Jeopardy Dreaming Silly Heart Of Glass JK Fannie Mymegarichmothrnlo N Angel Among Us On Top Of The Rock Place To Rocknroll Rock My Girl Rocknroll Fan Rocknroll Vision Rollatown Please contact the SBOA at 732-462-2357 or the Meadowlands Race Office at 201-842-5130 if you have any questions. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 1, 2016 - Al Ochsner takes on a new role with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey as the Interim Executive Administrator. A director since 2005, Al recently served as treasurer and first vice president of the association. Al was appointed to replace the late Leo McNamara. After receiving a BA in marketing and economics, Al operated his own multi-phase market research company, Schrader Research, for over 50 years. Al has been involved in the Standardbred racing industry for over 45 years having the distinct pleasure to not only own, but also breed a number of champion racehorses. Al accepted the breeder of the year award for Horse of the Year, Precious Bunny, who was foaled and raised at Al's Windhaven Farm in Monroe Township, New Jersey. As an SBOANJ director, Al served on many committees. He also played a key role in establishing "Baby Races" at both Gaitway Farms and Showplace Farms. Al established the New Owners Seminars held at the Meadowlands and Freehold Racetrack and was co-chairman of the NJ Horse Alliance Symposium held at Monmouth Park Racetrack. With his long time expertise as a director and familiarity of the racing industry, Al Ochsner is an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the SBOANJ team. From Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 13, 2016 -- Leo C. McNamara III, a third generation harness racing horseman and executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) for the past 15 years, died early Sunday morning, June 12. Mr. McNamara died of complications following a hard fought battle with cancer, just two weeks short of his 61st birthday. Born June 30, 1955, in Carmel, Ind., Mr. McNamara was the son of Leo McNamara Jr., whose father, Leo, founded Two Gaits Farm in Indiana, where Adios was foaled and the pacing stallion Hal Dale stood at stud. Leo C. McNamara was also a founder of the U.S. Trotting Association, the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, N.Y., and at one time an owner of The Red Mile. The McNamara family moved east in the late 1950s and Mr. McNamara III spent some time as a youngster at Hanover Shoe Farms, where his father served as farm superintendent. The McNamara family returned to Carmel before selling the family farm and moving east again when Leo McNamara Jr. joined Pine Hollow Stud Farm in New York. While living in Pine Bush, N.Y., Mr. McNamara III began working on the Pine Hollow Stud Farm. After graduating from high school in 1973, he continued on at Pine Hollow Stud Farm, becoming an assistant manager. Mr. McNamara III moved to Kentucky's Bluegrass horse country and worked at Dan Hollibaugh's Holly Lane Stud in Lexington, serving as manager there from 1981-1985. Mr. McNamara's next stop was Almahurst, where he served as farm superintendent of the breeding nursery's flagship farm outside of Lexington during the era when it was one of the sport's showcase operations. Mr. McNamara III left Almahurst in 1988 to run the new Dreamaire Farm nursery in New Jersey founded by Bob Boni and partners. Boni knew Mr. McNamara III from their days together at Pine Hollow Farm. Leo's family moved to New York in 1973 when I was the yearling manager at Pine Hollow Stud Farm and as a high school senior he became my weekend and then summer help, said Boni. We forged a great friendship over the next 40-something years, regardless of where our travels took us, and he will forever be one of the most special people I have ever known. Leo was a great advocate for the horsemen and horsewomen of New Jersey in so many ways and always with the fairness and decency that characterized his personality. He loved and adored his wife Cathy and his daughter Celeste and he will be missed by anyone fortunate to have known him. After Dreamaire closed its operations, Mr. McNamara III re-established Two Gaits Farm in New Jersey and bred and boarded horses. In 2001 Mr. McNamara III began working for the SBOANJ, becoming executive administrator in 2006. During his years with the SBOANJ, Mr. McNamara III worked with racetracks in the Garden State to keep tabs on the purse accounts, becoming an astute expert of analyzing handle from various sources with various percentages going to purses. I've been a director of the SBOA for 10 years, and Leo was invaluable, said Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ. I don't think the horsepeople in New Jersey can realize how invaluable he was advocating for horsemen and horsewomen and protecting our interests. He always brought knowledge and commonsense to the table and could always come up with a commonsense approach or solution. Because of Mr. McNamara's knowledge of the purse account and percentages of handle earned, he played a significant role in Jeff Gural's acquisition of the Meadowlands from the state of New Jersey. Leo was a straight shooter and a great guy to work with, said Jason Settlemoir, CEO and general manager of the Meadowlands Racetrack. He's going to be missed from both an industry standpoint and as a friend. Mr. McNamara III is survived by his wife, Cathy; a daughter, Celeste, assistant professor of history at University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom; two stepchildren, Dr. Daniel J. Dooley and Katie Pidge Decker; his mother, Irene; one brother, Joe (Meg Booth); eight sisters, Anne Slosky, Coleen (Frank) Benedett, Bridget (Jeffrey) Fenessy, Kate (David) Smith, Mary Coleman, Kelly (Patrick) Kennedy, Celeste (Brian) O'Neill and Jane (Glenn) Taylor; 14 nieces and nephews; and more than 100 cousins. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 16, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Peppler Funeral Home, 122 Crosswicks St, Bordentown, N.J., 08505. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church, 45 Crosswicks St., in Bordentown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 16575 Carey Rd., Westfield, IN 46074. By Kathy Parker, The Horsemen and Fair World

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Leo McNamara this morning Sunday June 12, 2016. Leo died of complications following a hard fought battle with cancer, just two weeks short of his 61st birthday. Leo was the SBOANJ's Executive Administrator for 15 years, this is a tragic blow to the racing industry as a whole. We not only grieve at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers. Service announcements will be posted when available. Courtney Stafford  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 9, 2016 -- It's that time of year again. The SBOANJ will be hosting its annual golf outing to benefit the harness racing Horsemen's Benevolent Fund and TrotPAC, on Monday July 11, 2016 at Gambler Ridge Golf Club. Come on out and enjoy a fun filled day of food, drinks, golf and prizes. The event starts with a round of golf, and is followed by a lovely dinner with a chance to win great prizes. There is a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available. Golf packages include the Gold, Silver or Bronze packages. Not really a golfer? Well we have something for everyone. You can sponsor Dinner, Lunch, a Drink Cart or even one of the golf contests. The contests include Hole-in-One, Closet-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive or Putting. Still not for you? How about sponsoring a hole or placing a business card ad. All proceeds go to TrotPAC and the SBOANJ's Horsemen's Benevolent Fund. For more information, contact Polly Hartzell at the SBOANJ office 732-462-2357 Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ 

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 3, 2016 -- The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, along with the Backstretch Community Assistance Program, will once again offer harness racing college scholarships in 2016. The scholarships are valued at a total distribution of $7,500 and are available for qualified students who are the son or daughter of a full time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Students must have completed the SAT or ACT and be accepted to or currently attending a college or university. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. Financial need, student involvement in community volunteering, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in equine industry will all be considered for each applicant. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website www.sboanj.com or contact Linda Goss at Freehold and the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

For the past several years, the Meadowlands racetrack has been made available for training on Thursdays in May and June at a cost of $50 per horse or $1,000 per trainer for unlimited use that was used to defray the expense. Effective, immediately, the SBOA of N.J. will be covering that cost for the harness racing horsemen.   SBOA of NJ President Mark Ford had this to say on the topic, "Getting the two-year-olds some work over that surface and accustomed to all that goes at a racetrack is important. If we have the funds, it helps our horsemen and covers the track's cost then it seemed like a good idea. Whatever we as a horseman's organization can do to encourage participation at The Meadowlands, we are happy to do."   The Meadowlands will refund to trainers the money that has already been collected toward the training costs. These training sessions will continue to be offered through the month of June. Trainers must still contact the racing office by noon on Tuesdays with the number of horses they will be bringing to train each Thursday.   Meadowlands Media Relations

On behalf of the trustees at TrotPAC, I am seeking your financial support to aid in TrotPAC’s efforts to revitalize (standardbred) harness racing in New Jersey. TrotPAC works in conjunction with the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and is the official political action committee for New Jersey’s harness racing industry.  In the wake of recent changes at the SBOANJ, there has been some confusion over just where donations to the political action committee should be sent. Make no mistake, TrotPAC is the political action arm of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and is duly sanctioned to raise and distribute revenues for the specific purpose of the betterment of the New Jersey standardbred breeding and racing industry.  This is done with the aid of our industry’s official lobbyists at Advocacy & Management Group, Inc., a firm active at the State Capitol in Trenton. As you may be aware, the state legislature recently approved a referendum that will be on the ballot in November which will address the approval of casinos in north Jersey.  The harness racing industry will directly benefit by the establishment of gaming outside of Atlantic City, allowing our industry in New Jersey to finally have the opportunity to resurrect itself to a competitive level on par with our neighboring states. If we do not get the voters’ approval in November, our state’s standardbred programs, as we know them now and in the future, may not be sustainable. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to meet with legislators and gain their support.  With our help, they will be able to develop enabling legislation that will ensure the proper level of financial support for our industry here in New Jersey. The TrotPAC trustees will be reaching out to all of you in the near future to ask for your support. If you have questions regarding the upcoming election, the proposed casino operations, or the impact of the casinos on  harness racing in New Jersey, please contact me directly or contact the SBOANJ office. Thank you for your support, Anthony Perretti TrotPAC 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 Office: 732-462-2357 Cell: 609-273-5742 TROTPAC@gmail.com anthonyp@anthonyperretti.com

MANALANPAN, NJ -- January 2, 2016 -- William "Bill" Perretti 36, close nephew of SBOANJ Board Director Anthony Perretti, passed away on December 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday January 3, 2016, between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond, Beach FL 32174. Funeral service to immediately follow at 2 p.m. He was survived by his parents, William and Joan Peretti Jr., and his younger brother Ben. He is also the grandson of William Perretti Senior. The SBOANJ board is very sad to learn of the loss of director Anthony Perretti's nephew and offers their deepest condolences. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 21, 2015 - Harness racing's trotting filly Mission Brief has been named the winner of the Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2015. Also selected New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year, Mission Brief will be honored on January 24, 2016 at the 59th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant [formerly Charley's Other Brother] in Eastampton, NJ. Voted the nation's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2014, she also won the Dan Patch Award as Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2015. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena wrapped up her three-year-old campaign with 10 wins and three seconds in 14 starts, banking more than $1 million toward a career total of $1,599,587 for the ownership of the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Ron Burke trainee was regularly driven by Yannick Gingras. Undefeated in her New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, including the $100,000 final at the Meadowlands, she also won the $307,040 ElegantImage at Mohawk Raceway, the $185,000 Zweig at Vernon Downs, the $187,400 Matron at Dover Downs, the $144,000 Continentalvictory at the Meadowlands and the $174,000 Money Maker at The Meadows. She made a bid to best the boys in the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, winning her elimination, but finishing second to Pinkman in the $1 million final on August 8. Bred by Steve H. Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc., she sold for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. At two, she won both the Merrie Annabelle and Breeders Crown, for nine wins in 13 starts and earnings just shy of $600,000. She collected 150 of 156 votes for freshman honors in 2014, and 118 of 136 votes for 2015 divisional honors. Her 1:50.3 mark still stands as the fastest mile by a two-year-old trotter, male or female, and she lowered her personal best to 1:50.2 on November 12, 2015 on the five-eighths mile track at Dover Downs in the Matron Final. Her sire, Muscle Hill was the 2009 New Jersey Standardbred of the Year. Tickets for the luncheon cost $40 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Lynn.Mathews@ag.state.nj.us By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 19, 2015 - December is open enrollment month for the health insurance program provided by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, with changes which ease the rules for qualification and a cut rates for harness racing caretakers. "We are trying to be more inclusive," said SBOANJ President Mark Ford. "We are trying to encourage qualified individuals to apply." The cost for premiums for caretakers/grooms have been cut in half for single enrollees and nearly so for families. The monthly rate for singles has been reduced from $100 to $50 for 2016. To be eligible, the caretaker must be a full-time employee for a trainer qualified for the New Jersey program. Paycheck stubs must be provided as proof. Requirements for eligibility for the insurance program have been adjusted for trainers and drivers in 2016. The minimum number of starts in New Jersey has been reduced from 36 to 24. Additionally, the percentage of starters raced in New Jersey has been lowered from 51 percent to 33.3 percent, as long as the trainer-driver does not qualify for an insurance program in another jurisdiction. Applications are available on the SBOANJ website, from the Horsemen's Representative at Freehold and the Meadowlands, and in the SBOANJ office in Manalapan. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 11, 2015 - Southwind Farms in Pennington has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the Year for 2015, it was announced by the harness racing Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey on December 11, 2015. Among the Southwind standouts of 2015 was Southwind Frank, the likely divisional champion among the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Southwind Farms will receive the presentation on January 24, 2016 at the 59th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant [formerly Charley's Other Brother] in Eastampton, NJ. Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy, won 11 of 12 starts in 2015, earning $786,419 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables LLC. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, he was trained by Ron Burke and driven in most of his starts by Yannick Gingras. Beginning with the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on July 17 at the Meadowlands, he strung together 10 straight victories, including the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, the $283,480 William Wellwood Final at Mohawk and the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine. His record of 1:52.2 was taken on October 8, winning an International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. "Receiving this award is bittersweet," said Laura Young, Southwind's general manager. "It is wonderful we are being recognized as the top breeder in New Jersey, but on the other hand there are not many of us left. At Southwind Farms, we choose to fly under the radar. Sometimes being silent is louder than loud. We have always produced top quality racehorses from our facility. We average 75 percent two-year-old starter and 85 percent three-year-old starter stats, which is pretty impressive for any breeding farm. This does not go unrecognized by owners and trainers. "There are many things that sets Southwind Farms apart from other breeding facilities in New Jersey" she added "Many of these things have assured our survival through tough times. We continue to keep everything we possibly can in-house. We make our own hay and straw, and we outsource very little on the facility. Southwind has also found many other ways to ensure revenue flow to keep us going, such as managing stallions [Muscle Hill, Sportswriter and El Titan] from afar. "Our clients want security," Young noted. "We offer that at every level here at Southwind. From our yearlings to the stallions we manage, our clients feel very secure when they do business with us. That's a rare incentive to offer in today's world. We work tirelessly to make Southwind Farms the best it can be, and we will continue to do so for many years to come." This is the second Breeders Award for Southwind Farms. Founded by Connie & Allen Skolnick in 1986, the farm features 235 acres near the Village of Pennington, NJ. Both Skolnicks passed away in 2013, and the farm is currently owned by their son, Barry. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include three-time winner White Birch Farm, two-time winner Perretti Farms, Deo Volente Farms, Valley High Stables, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. Tickets for the luncheon cost $40 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Lynn.Mathews@ag.state.nj.us By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

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