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HRU Feedback (2022-01-03) – Harness Racing Update

kudos to the promoter

I was happy to read that The Meadows will withstand the awful and annoying practice of dragging. I was also happy to read that they are changing Pick 5 to a 50/50 split. This should benefit all daily players rather than just the parasitic betting syndicates that only swoop in when there is a guaranteed bonus.

I’ve rarely bet on The Meadows in the past, but I’ll now add them to my playlist to show my support for these changes. The free software on their website is also a great idea. The HD signal should be a nice improvement, but I think the belts races need to go ahead and make several different replays of the race including the top view.

H. Earl Paulson

How to attract young people to harness racing

I read with interest the comments in Dazzlin’ Dozen’s article (The full story is here). With the advent of the new year comes renewed optimism and a desire to make a difference.

My thoughts here only touch on the recurring theme of attracting young people to harness racing – something the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has been working on for over 40 years.

  • HHYF has developed outstanding riders and riders through our summer practical training programs;
  • HHYF has developed valuable industry resources and educational tools such as Guide To Careers in Horse Racing and HARNESS HEROES trading cards;
  • HHYF has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarship funds;
  • HHYF has and continues to be involved with organizations with similar goals;
  • HHYF has received awards in and out of belt racing for our efforts.

While all of this and more is what our grassroots efforts have accomplished, HHYF trustees and staff also recognize that our endeavours, unfortunately, are but a drop in the sea of ​​what can be done.

Do you have a class or club on your farm this spring? Contact us for handouts.

Is your racetrack hosting a family day out? Contact HHYF for ideas to make it more educational.

Are you a teacher or club leader in need of a harness racing curriculum? We’ve recently developed activity boxes filled with games, puzzles, and other items to help explain the industry.

Do you enjoy seeing a temporary teen shine in the radiance of self-confidence? Volunteer for one of our summer programs.

Do you like developing new projects? Join one of the HHYF committees to share your ideas.

No time but like what HHYF does? Write a check.

Yes, the race needs the participation of young people but that just doesn’t happen. It takes time, patience and a team effort. It takes each of us to help out in our own way to ensure the future of racing is harnessed.

Call or email the HHYF office to see how you can also be a part of HHYF’s labor of love. 317.908.0029 or ellen@hhyf.org.

Elaine Taylor / Hive

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