PENNSYLVANIA FAIR HARNESS HORSEMEN RECENTLY WERE NOTIFIED BY THE USTA THAT WE AGAIN ARE GOING TO BE A GRANT RECIPIENT . THE GRANT IS TO BE USED TO PROMOTE HARNESS RACING THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. THE AMOUNT WAS $250 WITH AND ADDITIONAL $250 UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT AND SUBMISSION OF A REPORT. THE MONEY WILL GO TO SUBSIDIZE THE WEBSITE AND BUY PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS THAT WILL FEATURE THE WEBSITE ADDRESS.

Please note…This has been an ongoing effort spurred by the anonymous donation and Ellen Harvey. We solicited the breeders and were rewarded for our efforts. We can be proud of our organization. Due to our continuing efforts the fairs this year have received the $3300 plus from the parimutuel tracks, The $5000 anonymous donation and $16,000 noted in this article. FOR OUR PART WE WILL advertise THE DONORS AS FOLLOWS

Pennsylvania Fair Sponsorship Reinvestment Options

RED PATRON
$750 – $50 per fair (we have 15 fairs with harness racing) – Your farm or stallion half page ad in 8 race programs of our choice

WHITE PATRON
$1,500 – $100 per fair – Your farm or stallion half page ad in all 15 fair programs, plus one race named for your farm or stallion and cooler presentation at the fair finals

BLUE PATRON
$2,250 – $150 per fair – Your farm or stallion half page ad in all 15 fair programs, plus two races named and cooler presentation at the fair.

GOLD PATRON
$3,750 – $250 per fair – all the above plus an ad on the home page of the PA Fair Assn web site for 12 months starting July 1, 2008, plus your farm or stallion ad on the starting car at a minimum of five PA fairs.

PLATINUM PATRON
$5,000 – all of the above, plus a chance for you or a guest to call a race at the PA fair of your choice, plus dinner for six (alcohol excluded), all admission, programs etc paid at the PA Fair finals.

Pennsylvania Fairs receive a cash windfall
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Freehold, NJ — The Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania has stepped forward to triple an anonymous donation to the Pennsylvania fairs. That donation, made by a Pennsylvania breeder, was triggered by receipt of a 2007 Breeders Award and the desire to reinvest in racing through the fairs.

The Pennsylvania Breeders’ donation of $15,000 is unrestricted and will be used at the discretion of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association for the benefit of harness racing at individual fairs.

The donation was spurred by Hanover Shoe Farms’ president Jim Simpson. Hanover Shoe Farms is the founding member of the Breeders Association, along with Vieux Carre, Andray, Hempt and Lindwood Farms, along with the Windsong Stable.

“We have 15 fairs in our state that are important in developing new fans, new horsemen and new owners,” Hanover Shoe Farms’ President Jim Simpson said. “We’re delighted to be able to help keep racing in front of the public in places like Gratz, York and Stoneboro. The whole sport benefits when we expose more people to the fun and excitement of harness racing.”

“Pennsylvania-bred horses compete successfully all over the world, but we want to make sure they have good options for competing close to home, also,” Dr. Paul F. Spears, executive director of the Breeders Association, said. “The fairs are an important educational experience for young horses. With purses at the fairs on the rise, it is also a good place to get a return on the purchase of a Pennsylvania-bred horse.”

“We’re grateful for the generosity of Hanover Shoe Farms and the Standardbred Breeders,” Terry Schoeffel, president of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association, said. “We will be able to work with fair boards across the state to make improvements that benefit racing. We expect to be able to do things like repair, upgrade and add stalls at fair bans for the increasing numbers of horses competing at our fairs. This is an investment that will help ensure harness racing’s strength and viability at the grassroots level in our state.”

Vieux Carre and Andray Farms also opted to donate individually to the Fair Association to help cover costs associated with racing.