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Volunteer trainers key to making HHYF Summer programs possible
Monday, April 29, 2013 - by Keith Gisser, for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

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Westfield, IN --- With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s extensive summer camp schedule just two months away, the HHYF stable of Trottingbreds is being prepped for the season by a group of experienced volunteer trainers at locations across the country. For program dates, information and registration forms, go to

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Sweet Karen, an HHYF Trottingbred, accompanied by Amy Sronce-Giberson takes time out from training to visit with a group of young students in Springfield, Ill.

In Springfield, Ill., trainer Nick Giberson, assisted by his wife Amy and their children Madeline and Ethan, has been preparing HHYF diva Sweet Karen for her 2013 campaign. Now 17, the Facebook star did more than just jog while at the State Fairgrounds last year with the Gibersons, hosting a week’s worth of school groups, who were introduced to harness racing close-up, many for the first time. The Gibersons plan to fill Karen’s dance card again this year.

In Delaware, Ohio, Jo Sturgell Pollock is conditioning HHYF newcomer Little Hick Town. She is being assisted by her students at the Delaware Joint Vocational Program, which is one of the few high school equine programs offered anywhere in the nation. The extensive hands-on work by the students will acclimate LT for her inaugural summer camp campaign.

Four HHYF horses are training in Delaware this spring. Arthur, Stacy, Austin and Ashton Stafford have Jandi’s Tuff As Sky, while Shannon and Andrew Stafford are working with LR Trixie. Janet and Eddie Davis condition Ima’s Hit, while Royal Attire is being prepped by Eddie and Karen Dennis. All four long-time stable members will likely be featured at Harrington Raceway’s HHYF event on July 7.

And Al and Brackton Miller are “back home in Indiana,” with CD’s Miss M. “Missy” recently performed a driving demo at the Kentucky Equine Youth Festival.

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation would not be able to undertake its extensive schedule, which extends well into the fall, without the help of all of its volunteer conditioners.

Patty Logan of Brittany Farms in Kentucky cares for the HHYF Stable in the off-season.

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, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to

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