Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund sponsors USTA Driving School
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a new major sponsor of the 2014 USTA Standardbred Driving School, which will take place June 11-15 at Goshen Historic Track. For a limited time, New York State residents who register for the school will receive a $100 discount on the $350 registration fee. Those that are already signed up for the school will receive a $100 refund on their pre-paid fees.
“We are extremely pleased to have the Agriculture and Horse Breeding Development Fund join us as sponsors for the driving school,“ said school coordinator Kent ”Chip” Hastings. “I can’t think of a better way to help promote and foster interest in the New York program.”
Students that sign up will be immersed in a public racing stable environment, doing barn work each morning of the school, and then will listen to guest speakers in afternoon classroom sessions.
To sign up and receive the discount, fill out this application and send it in with a $250 check or call 877.800.8272, ext. 3212 to complete your registration over the phone with a credit card.
For more information about attending the 16th annual USTA Driving School, visit www.USTADrivingSchool.com.
HHYF 2014 Summer Programs Schedule
Goes Back to the Future
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.
Contact Keith Gisser, email@example.com or 216-374-1392 • 216-374-1392.
Historic Track Moves its Track Office to the Arden Clubhouse
For decades the Track Office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse which has been totally restored.
“The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,“ noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. “It’s such an improvement and so nice to have this building restored and utilized after all these years.“
The new track office, which is located near the facility’s front gate, still has the same phone number (845.294.5333) and the same fax number (845.294.3998).
According to members of the Board, it has been a costly move for the not-for-profit corporation but extremely necessary since the area beneath the grandstand, which previously housed the offices, has seen its best days.
Since the needed move at the National Historic Landmark was expensive. donations will be graciously accepted to help defray costs. Should anyone want to make a donation, please address all correspondence to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.
Memberships to Historic Track for family ($35), patrons ($100), and corporations ($200) are also encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Sign up now and be a part of our exciting new year!