May 15 is the deadline to apply for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) summer programs. 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 21-25 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 Hambletonan Day at the Meadowlands on Aug. 2. These camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. The HHYF Leadership camp at Goshen, N.Y., is full and closed. Week-long camp fees are just $150, including lodging, meals and all materials. Fees are not due until registration.
Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Cumberland, Maine on June 30, July 1 and 3 (separate programs); Cornish, Maine on July 2; Gaitway Farms in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on Aug. 5. Registration fees for one day programs are $25 and include lunch and all materials. Fees may be paid at registration.
"Our sponsors help us keep our fees quite reasonable compared to other camps,” says HHYF project manager Keith Gisser. "I don't think there's a youth equine program anywhere that gives you more bang for your buck. Regardless of cost there is no better way to introduce youngsters to the business and sport of harness racing. Remember applications need to be postmarked by May 15.” (HHYF)