Florzell “Georgie Boy” Daniels of Harrington,Delaware, has been named 2012 Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America (“HTA”). In nominating the 83-yearold Daniels, Michel Ridgely Jr., a Maryland Racing Commission employee, and Jackie MacLeod, a trainer and driver, noted that despite his age, Daniels “goes about his work as if he were 23 years old instead of 83.”
The Harness Tracks of America College Scholarship Fund is offering three, $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in the sport of harness racing or to the children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased), including licensed drivers, trainers, caretakers or management officials.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need and active harness racing involvement. Applications are available now by contacting Harness Tracks of America via phone at 520-529-2525 or e-mail at [email protected] The deadline for returning all application materials is June 17, 2013.
Applications can also be downloaded from the following link:
The scholarship program, begun in 1973, has made 199 grants to 133 worthy students involved in harness racing since its inception with the scholarships totaling $747,950.
Tucson, AZ- Hanover Shoe Farms of Hanover, Pennsylvania, one of harness racing’s premier and storied breeding farms, has been named the 2013 winner of Harness Tracks of America’s Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of major racing organizations in the United States and Canada.
In announcing the award, HTA Executive Vice President Paul Estok said, “Hanover Shoe Farms is being recognized for remaining unwavering in promoting harness racing in countless ways and continuing Lawrence Sheppard’s love of and dedication to improving the breed.”
The annual award is named for the English thoroughbred imported to America in 1788 and foundation sire of the Standardbred horse, and for the late industry titan Stan Bergstein, who spent 50 years as executive vice president of HTA. The award recognizes exceptionally meritorious contributions to the sport of harness racing and few organizations fit that requirement like Hanover Shoe Farms. In addition to being the cradle of a staggering number of champion horses, those involved with the operation since the founding of the Standardbred breeding farm and nursery have worked to better the harness racing industry both privately and publicly — recruiting owners, working with legislators, serving on the boards of practically every important racing industry group and providing support for charitable endeavors such as the HTA/Hanover Shoe Farms Caretaker of the Year Award.
HTA President Paul Fontaine, who represents Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts and is himself a breeder and owner of harness horses, said of this year’s Bergstein Messenger winner, “Recognizing Hanover Shoe Farms is truly a pleasure. The name itself carries with it a history of innovation, foresight, integrity and excellence promoted by individuals with names like Sheppard, Simpson, Spears, Williams and Brown. Hanover Shoe Farms is harness racing, and as such, is a most deserving winner of this prestigious award.”
The Bergstein Messenger Award will be presented to representatives of Hanover Shoe Farms as one of the highlights of 2013 Harness Racing Congress during the U.S. Harness Writers Association Dan Patch Awards Dinner at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, March 3rd.
Dave Briggs, who since 1995 has been the editor of and writer for The Canadian Sportsman, Canada’s oldest magazine, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing.
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Harness racing officials, owners, trainers, drivers, communicators,breeders, vendors and fans can now register to be part of the Harness Racing Congress VI that will convene here Thursday (February 28) through Monday (March 4).
The sixth industry congress is being co-hosted by four major harness racing organizations, Harness Horsemen International, Harness Tracks of America, the United States Harness Writers Association and the United States Trotting Association. The congress will meet at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.
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