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Unique Overnight Harness Racing Camp Experience Offered at Harrington Raceway In June

DSC_0996Did you ever wonder what it would be like to drive a race horse? Have you ever thought about what it takes to care for a horse or prepare a horse to race? Harrington Raceway is hosting an overnight summer harness racing camp June 21-25, 2014 for youth ages 12-14.  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.  Campers will stay overnight at Harrington Raceway and spend a significant amount of time each day working hands on with the HHYF stable of Trottingbred racing ponies.  Campers will participate in and learn about the daily care of race horses, racing equipment and harnessing, safety around horses and how to drive their equine athletes on the track.

In addition to HHYF and extension staff, local, professional drivers and trainers will be present at camp on a daily basis to help guide and instruct campers.   The 5 day engaging camp experience culminates with campers partnering with professional drivers to race their ponies on the front track at Harrington Raceway, Wednesday evening June 25 in between the betting races.  Registration for the camp is $150 and covers all accommodations, meals and field trips.

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.

DSC_0986Registration forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at https://s3.amazonaws.com/udextension/4h/files/2012/02/2014-Harness-Horse-Youth-Foundation-Harness-Racing-Camp-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.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.