Overnight Harness Racing Camp offered in June

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has released its 2015 summer event schedule and for the second consecutive year, Harrington Raceway is on the itinerary. Harrington will host a five-day overnight horsemanship camp June 20-24, 2014. The camp registration fee, which includes all materials, meals, lodging and field trips is $150.

2014 Harness Horse Youth Foundation campers in their colors prior to racing the final evening of camp
2014 Harness Horse Youth Foundation campers in their colors prior to racing the final evening of camp

The camp is offered through a 3-way partnership formed between the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), Harrington Raceway and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. HHYF’s popular five-day overnight camps for youth ages 12-14 are an intense, hands on introduction to horsemanship. Participants learn to care for horses including grooming, proper equipment and safety techniques, and how to drive a horse, assisted by local licensed trainers and drivers. HHYF travels with its own stable of Trottingbreds, a slightly smaller breed of horse than the Standardbreds that normally race at the track. The Harrington camp culminates with a driving exhibition behind the starting gate, where one participant will be chosen to represent the track on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 8.

2014 HHYF Camper Lauren Permenter jogging with driver/trainer Jason Skinner
2014 Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camper                  Lauren Permenter jogging with driver/trainer Jason Skinner


“We are pleased to again be presenting our horsemanship camp this summer at Harrington Raceway. We are very fortunate to have supportive local sponsors and volunteers who recognize our mission’s importance. We look forward to sharing with even more people the enthusiasm of the participants as they discover the fun of driving and caring for a racehorse,” explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “We are so privileged to have organizations like HHYF and Harrington Raceway that are willing to partner with us each year and offer this outstanding hands on learning experience for young people in the region,” said Susan Garey, Extension Agent for Animal Science at the University of Delaware.

Campers should wear long pants, solid toed work shoes or heavy sneakers, and t-shirts. No tank tops or shorts will be permitted while working in the barn. No previous horse experience is required.

Registration forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at https://s3.amazonaws.com/udextension/4h/files/2012/02/2015-HHYF-Harrington-application.pdf and will be accepted through May 15th. For questions, please contact Susan Garey at truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000 or Ellen Taylor at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation at (317)908-0029 or at ellen@hhyf.org

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.