The Indiana Standardbred Association is excited to announce their recent decision to partner with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation in a comprehensive educational outreach to all counties in the Hoosier state. ISA has agreed to provide the funding necessary to produce and distribute the 2021 set of Activity Boxes to each youth development coordinator in each county extension office who will in turn give them to interested 4H clubs.
“Horse racing is important to the state’s economy especially in terms of horse production and agriculture. The HHYF boxes are a unique way to send our message, increase awareness about harness racing with young horse lovers, and help the HHYF all at the same time” explained ISA President Joe Putnam. “This is a win-win-win opportunity.”
The Activity Boxes (set of four) are designed to provide a variety of games, puzzles, and projects each of which relates to horses and or harness racing. Each box is dedicated to one aspect of the industry; Standardbred Essentials – general racing information; Standardbred Farm Life – broodmares and raising of foals; Standardbred Racing – training and racing information; Standardbred Careers – the broad scope of job opportunities within racing. For further information about box content and ordering, please use this link: https://hhyf.org/activity-boxes/.
HHYF President Adam Bowden expressed “HHYF is very appreciative of ISA’s support. Our organization works best with partnerships like this because we all know that by working together, great things can happen.”
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.
The Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) is a non-profit organization led by 15 elected directors. The purposes of ISA are to increase interest in harness horses and harness racing; to represent and establish cooperation between county, state, and pari-mutuel racetrack operations, breeders, owners, trainers, drivers and grooms; to sponsor and promote Standardbred racing, breeding, training, and development programs in the State of Indiana; to represent horsemen/women in negotiations with racetrack operations to promote integrity within the sport and to take other actions in the furtherance of the Standardbred Racing Industry in the state of Indiana.