Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes theunsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport's horses.
All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 31st annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letterfrom an individual or group to Harness Tracks of America detailing the skills and special qualitiesof the groom. The winning groom receives an oil painting of himself or herself with the horse oftheir choice. All individuals nominated for the award receive a certificate of excellence and the first 50 grooms nominated also receive an embroidered jacket as a groom of the year nominee.
The "Groom of the Year" Award was founded in 1982 after Delvin Miller, addressing attendeesat the annual HTA meeting as its Messenger Award winner for that year, noted the sport gave no
recognition to its grooms, its unsung stars. The 2011 "Groom of the Year" was Greg Haverstick.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2012. All letters detailing why candidates aredeserving of the honor as groom of the year should be mailed to Harness Tracks of America,12025 E. Dry Gulch Pl., Tucson, Ariz. 85749. Nominations also may be submitted by fax to 520-529-3235 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters must contain the name, address,telephone number and jacket size (S, M, L, XL, XXL) for the nominated groom, along with the name,address and telephone number of the nominator. (HTA)