Harness Horse Youth Foundation announces 2015 schedule

by Harness Horse Youth Foundation

photo by Chris Tully

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The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its 2015 summer program schedule which includes eight states and two time zones, including a leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Track and a one-day event at Nappanee Raceway, an Indiana track that features Trottingbreds — the breed the Foundation uses to teach horsemanship.

Complete 2015 schedule information, along with applications for all of the Foundation’s Summer programs, is available at www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications.

HHYF’s popular five-day overnight camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 20-24 at Harrington Raceway in Delaware; July 7-11 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania; and July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and a five-day non-overnight camp at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey, July 27-31.

These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 8.

The leadership program for high school age students with previous HHYF experience is set for Goshen Historic Track from July 20-24.

All events feature hands-on experience, including driving the organization’s stable of Trottingbred horses.

Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Running Aces in Minnesota on June 8-9; Nappanee Raceway in Indiana on June 15; Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 26; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 11.

Check the website for possible additional public programs.

A number of closed programs for interested groups (4-H, scouts, etc.) are scheduled and dates remain available for additional programs for similar organizations.

“HHYF will be hitting the road earlier than usual this year and extend the HHYF season into mid-August in order to accommodate all our hosts. We are very fortunate to have supportive sponsors and volunteers who recognize our mission’s importance. I hope we can find a way to share with even more people the enthusiasm of the participants as they discover the fun of driving and caring for a racehorse; seeing it really refreshes one’s outlook,” explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor.

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.

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