Nominations are still being accepted for the 2009 “Groom of the Year” Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung 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 28th annual “Groom of the Year” award is a letter from an individual or group to Harness Tracks of America detailing the skills and special qualities of the groom. The winning groom receives an oil painting of himself or herself with the horse of their 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 attendees at 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 2008 “Groom of the Year” was William Harmon.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2009. All letters detailing why candidates are deserving of the honor as groom of the year should be mailed to Harness Tracks of America, 4640 East Sunrise, Suite 200, Tucson, Ariz. 85718. 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 for the nominated groom, along with the name, address and telephone number of the nominator. (HTA)