15-year-old Irvine Puts Exclamation Point
0n Youth Foundation celebrations
Goshen, NY. 06.05.16 - Fifteen-year-old alumnus Justin Irvine put an exclamation point on the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s (HHYF) 40th Anniversary celebration Sunday, winning the Open Pace Matinee at Goshen Historic Track with Cruzing Hill by 25 lengths over a sloppy track in 2:01.2. In Irvine’s first charted drive, he pulled fromsecond with the Mark Ford-trainee as the horses headed to the three-quarter pole and drew off to easily defeat the opposition with a 30.3 final quarter. Cruzing Hill is owned by George and Rose Bonomo of Illinois.
Earlier, over 100 attendees celebrated HHYF with brunch at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. They witnessed a program that featured a cavalcade of guests, with Bob “Hollywood” Heyden serving as M.C. Chris Wittstruck received his Service to Youth Award from HHYF and he made a passionate plea for the industry to support HHYF’s efforts. The assembled also heard from Service to Youth winner and former HHYF President Callie Davies-Gooch, former scholarship recipient and equine vet Dr. Patty Hogan, alum and Little Brown Jug winning driver Montrell Teague, current President Marlys Pinske, and future camper Wyatt Beaver, who will be attending camp at Gaitway Farms this summer. The group then had time to tour the museum prior to the start of the matinee card at the Historic Track.
Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, 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 makes a difference in young people’s lives through 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.
A Winning Kentucky Derby Day at the Track
Everyone was a winner at Goshen Historic Track's 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Day. Rocking to the live sounds of Dusty and Dave there was a lot of fun to be had before and after Nyquist's Kentucky Derby triumph. The successful fundraiser will help us keep pacing and trotting into our 179th season of exciting harness racing! Thank you for making our event a success!
Racing Action to Start Soon
Racing action this season at Historic Track commences with three consecutive Sundays of matinee racing programs beginning June 5th and continuing on the Sundays of June 12 and June 19. Post times for all three matinee race cards will be at 1p.m.
This year will be the 55th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval.
Grand Circuit Racing begins on Friday, July 1 and will feature pacers in the New York State Excelsior Series followed on Saturday, July 2nd with the Landmark Stakes for 2 and 3 year olds along with the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trots and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Pace.
Featured on Sunday, July 3rd will be sophomore trotters in the New York State Excelsior Series along with a race under saddle for horses and riders that have qualified during any of the June matinees.
Also slated on the card that afternoon is the annual Hall Of Fame Trot with various members of Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame at the controls which has always been a fan favorite. And after that race the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs.
Harness Horse Youth Foundation
seeks teens for Goshen horsemanship camp
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is sponsoring a harness horse leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Racetrack July 5-9, 2016. The preferred age of applicants for the overnight camp is 14-18, preferably with harness racing experience. The camp fee is $200 which includes overnight accommodations, all meals and materials. The camp begins at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 5 and wraps up mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 9. Applicants from across the country are eligible, but are responsible for their own transportation to Goshen. Application deadline is May 15.
Applicants will work hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses. Among the topics covered are care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. A trip to the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is included as the participants will be involved in service projects for the museum. For complete details and a camp application, log on to www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. The camp is one of fifteen across the country being conducted by HHYF, but is the only one that offers a leadership component. For questions, please e-mail HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at email@example.com.
HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor added, “This program is unique because of its leadership component and the compelling interest level of the participants. Coming on the heels of our fortieth anniversary celebration in Goshen the month before, it is representative of our evolution as an educational organization. We are very thankful to have supportive sponsors and volunteers who recognize our mission’s importance.”
Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, 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 makes a difference in young people’s lives through 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
Goshen Chapter USHWA Donates $3000 to Track
By John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen USHWA
After again running another successful awards banquet in late November, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association donated $3000 to Historic Track at their Christmas Party which followed a Board Meeting on December 9. The presentation of the check was made to Kerry English, Chairman of the Historic Track Board of Directors by Mon-Go USHWA Chapter officer, John Manzi.
For the 33rd consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has donated to Historic Track and will again donate $3000 to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame next July.
Last summer the organization presented a $3000 check to Museum President Larry Devan prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY.
Since the late 1980’s the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated money to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money raised for the donations is made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter’s charity journals.
“We thank all who participate in our annual awards banquet and charity journal and we are very fortunate to be able to raise the money….. and when we do…. it is our pleasure to donate the profits back to the industry; especially to Historic Track and to the Harness Racing Museum Track, which are not only in our own back yard but very dear to the hearts of everyone in harness racing,” noted Chris Tully, President of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA and well as Nation USHWA National president.
In the early 1980’s annual donations by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA were used to support a college scholarship but it was decided back then that when the chapter donates it should be to Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum--both separate not-for profit entities—although over the years the chapter has also donated to other harness racing industry causes.