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USTA president Langley to honor 4 in March

January 24, 2012

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US Trotting Association president Phil Langley has announced the association's 2012 President's Award recipients. Three President's Awards will be presented to Gail Cunard, Callie Davies Gooch, Chris Schick and Chris Wittstruck at a luncheon on Monday (March 19) during the USTA’s annual Board of Directors meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
"In their own way, each of them has played an important role in supporting and promoting the Standardbred industry," said Langley.
Cunard is the go-to person at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. "In 2011, not only did she host another memorable Hall of Fame induction and party, but was also responsible for a providing a large contingent of international guests attending the World Driving Championship and World Trotting Conference with a very impressive reception," noted Langley. "Whether it is dealing with school groups or important international visitors, we all know that if you call Gail, she will organize a perfect event."
Callie Davies Gooch is the stakes manager and one of the key employees of the Hambletonian Society. "Callie does a wonderful job in keeping horse owners and trainers updated on race conditions and payments for the multitude of important stakes managed by the Hambletonian Society," said Langley, who also noted her work for the U.S. Harness Writers Association. In addition, Gooch is a dedicated volunteer to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation projects.
Chris Schick, a USTA director, was the mastermind behind the USTA’s Strategic Wagering initiative and the driving force in making it one of the organization’s most successful promotions ever.
"A long-time director, he is extremely knowledgeable about wagering and understanding the bettor’s point of view," wrote Langley. "Schick and his Strategic Wagering committee are already planning for an even more successful effort in 2012. While Chris will give all of the credit to his panel of experts, he has been instrumental in providing leadership during his committee conference calls and the countless hours of work that he has put into making this program a success."
Honoree Chris Wittstruck is an attorney who frequently writes columns for the USTA website. Over the years, he has addressed many varied legal issues that concern horsemen. "One of his strengths in addressing horse racing is that he has been a racing fan since his youth and completely understands all sides of the issues," noted Langley. "He has a great ability to take complex issues and present them in a manner we can all understand." (USTA)
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