July 2019 NEWSLETTER
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
The races at Shenandoah county fair start on August 28th and continue for four days. The purses for this year have been raised and the race conditions are different than previous years. There will not be double heat races this year. Help keep this long tradition of fair racing going. Information will be posted on our website, www.VHHA.net, our Facebook page and the Shenandoah Downs website and Facebook page.
2019 RACE MEET
September 13th is just around the corner and that means live racing returns to Shenandoah Downs! Racing applications and all the information you need to know are posted on our website. www.VHHA.net under the 2019 race meet tab. The deadline for submitting applications is August 2nd. Don’t delay, get yours in today.
We have lots of exciting promotions planned for this year’s meet starting with the return visit of Foiled Again on our opening weekend. We will also have powder puff races, own a horse for a day, meet & greet the drivers, weiner dog races and lots of giveaways.
HHYF DAY CAMP
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation camp that was held on July 8th and 10th was a huge success! Nineteen local youths participated and there were only three kids who had any ties to harness racing in the group. The kids learned everything about getting a horse ready to race, then they actually put all the equipment on a horse and went on a jog around the track with one of our volunteer drivers. Then they gave the horses a bath and washed all the equipment. They also cleaned all the stalls and the barn. Watching the kids and seeing how excited they are about learning and working with the horses is great. Many thanks to Ellen Taylor and Katie from HHYF who spend the whole summer traveling and putting on these programs. Thanks also to our volunteers, Dee Lineweaver, Betsy Brown, Emily Dysart, Joyce Lineweaver, Eileen Lineweaver and Debbie Warnick.
CERTIFIED RESIDENCY PROGRAM
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 (www.vhha.net) or by contacting Debbie Warnick.
BOARD MEMBER SEATS
There will be three board member seats open for election at this year’s annual meeting in September. Please contact Debbie Warnick at email@example.com or by phone at 443-463-0917 to be included on the ballot.
Show your support of the VHHA by renewing your membership Our dues are still only $30.00. Membership forms are available on our website, www.VHHA.net or contact Debbie Warnick for a copy.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
August 28th- Racing starts at the Shenandoah county fair
September 13th- Our 2019 race meet opens
Anyone who has information that you would like included in the next newsletter, contact Debbie Warnick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 443-463-0917.
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