Westfield, IN --- Although the posted deadline has passed to apply for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s 2014 summer program schedule, the Foundation is providing a second chance to potential campers.
Applications for several camps will remain open on a first come, first served basis, until each camp is filled, with a hard deadline of June 10, after which no applications can be accepted.
HHYF’s complete 2014 schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation’s Youth Camps and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. The all-inclusive five-day camp fee is $150, while registration for single day events is $25.
“Most of our camps are nearly filled,” explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “But since camps are more fun when we have full fields, we are extending the deadline a bit. We also realize that several locations (Maine and Indiana) were added late and some schools have extended sessions due to the winter which may have made it tougher for some people to plan ahead.”
HHYF’s popular overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-25 at Harrington in Delaware; July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and July 21-25 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 2. These camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization’s stable of Trottingbred horses.
Shorter, introductory programs for children 11 and up are scheduled for the Indiana State Fargorunds on June 17; Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Cumberland, Maine on June 30, July 1, and July 3 (three separate programs); Cornish, Maine on July 2; Gaitway Farms in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 5.
HHYF will also conduct special programs for equine oriented groups throughout the summer. The Foundation, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of harness racing fans, will also have a presence at the Fair Winds Farm Open House in New Jersey, the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, Richwood, Ohio fair, Open Space Day at Freehold Raceway, and at the Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity weekend.
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 www.hhyf.org.