HHYF CAMPS AT RUNNING ACES, IOWA RATED HUGE SUCCESS
Seventeen young people from across Central Minnesota – 16 girls and one boy – spent June 29 and 20 getting introduced to harness racing at Running Aces Harness Park during an intense two-day camp presented by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. In addition to sessions with Presiding Judge Bob Corey and Director of Racing Gregg Keidel, two veterinarians and blacksmith/trainer/driver Rick Mapes, the campers learned to groom and harness horses and each got two opportunities to jog them on the track.
Eight participants got to lead post parades for the Tuesday race card, each driving a Trottingbred with a licensed driver, while those who did not get that opportunity received a comprehensive tour of the announcer’s booth, photo finish area and judge’s stand. Announcer Peter Galassi also interviewed campers during the races. The camp, held in conjunction with Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc., the local horsemen’s group, was the first held in Minnesota and plans are already underway for additional camps in the future.
Several days later, HHYF executive Diirector Ellen Taylor, summer intern Ben Hollingsworth and the Trottiingbreds took up residence at Royal Roland Stables in Grinnell, Iowa for a one-day event that was also highly successful.