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April 2019 Newsletter


The response to our HHYF open house was so great last year, that this year it is being expanded to two days. Participants will get to learn more about our wonderful sport and will even learn how to drive a horse. The HHYF is bringing their horses so participants can actually drive a horse themselves. The dates for this event are July 8th and July 10th at Shenandoah Downs. We will need some volunteers that are experienced with handling the horses to help out so please mark these dates on your calendar and plan on helping out. It is so much fun to watch how excited the participants are at learning about harness racing. These young people are the future of our sport.


Spring has sprung and babies are starting to drop everywhere. Send me pictures of all your adorable little foals so I can post them on our Facebook page and show off the great Virginia babies. You can email ( or text (443-463-0917) them to me.


Speaking of babies, and their Mamas, don’t forget that we have two stallions standing in Virginia this year. Gregory Pecs (Muscles Yankee/Ediths Chip/Pine Chip) is returning and will be standing in Draper. Contact Gideon Brenneman at 704-539-4049 for information. Artzina (Artiscape/Koutzina/No Nukes) will be standing in Pilgrim Knob. Contact Michael Viars at 276-312-1171 for information.


Our Breeders Fund program is growing. After the March 15th payments, we had a total of 65 two and three year olds registered. A complete list of eligible horses can be found on our website. Sustaining payments are $200.00 per horse and are due on May 15th. Yearling payments are $25.00. These payments are due by May 15th. Forms are available on our website, or contact Debbie Warnick if you need a copy.


We are starting to accept foals for our new Residency program. Don’t forget to register your 2019 foals so they can start their six month residency requirement. Horses that meet the residency requirements will receive bonus payments for their races during their two and three year old seasons. More information as well as the forms are available on our website ( or by contacting Debbie Warnick.


Show your support of the VHHA by renewing your membership Our dues are still only $30.00. Membership forms are available on our website, or contact Debbie Warnick for a copy.


May 15th- Sustaining payments & yearling registrations are due

July 8th & 10th- HHYF camp

August 28th- Racing starts at the Shenandoah county fair

September 13th- Our 2019 race meet opens


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