Youth Foundation at Fayette Fest
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The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and stable member Royal Attire will be participating in several ways at Fayette Fest at The Red Mile (Lexington, KY) on Sunday, September 15. The event will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Sires Stakes finals.
“Royal Attire and HHYF graduate AJ Wright, from Montpelier, IN will be in the ‘parade of breeds’ and we will have an adjacent booth full of activities for all ages. If technology works, we will be debuting the virtual 3D race with goggles; many thanks to Harrah’s Hoosier Park for partnering with us in this pilot project. In addition, we’ll have a spin the wheel game with T-shirts and other prizes plus a table full of related harness racing information so fans in the area should plan to stop by” explained Ellen Taylor, HHYF Executive Director. “Of course, Royal Attire will be ready for lots of attention too!”
In addition to the horse components during the day, there will be live entertainment, beer gardens, Kentucky Proud Market and many family-friendly areas. Hours for the festival are from noon to 6 p.m.
HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:
Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen’s Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center.
Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D’or Farms.
Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Big Dee’s, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees, Ada Jean Ackerman, Chris Wittstruck.
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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing.
For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. (Ken Weingartner/USTA)