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Harness Horse Camp Introduces Youth to Racing

WILKES-BARRE, Pa., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Youngsters from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are getting an in-depth look at the harness racing industry this week, July 11-17, as part of the Harness Horse Youth Camp taking place at the Pocono Downs racetrack in Wilkes-Barre.

"Pennsylvania agriculture offers many interesting and diverse opportunities for young people," said state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "This camp allows children to experience the harness racing industry firsthand through educational, yet enjoyable activities. I am especially looking forward to Saturday, when I get to enjoy watching them participate in their first real harness race."

During the week, Harness Horse Youth campers learn about horse care, equipment, feeding and exercise while helping to care for miniature Standardbred horses. The camp concludes with professional drivers helping the campers ride harness sulkies in a special race. Other special events include a tour of Pocono Downs, a draw for races, qualifying races and bowling.

The camp, which is in its fifth year, is sponsored by the PA Harness Racing Commission, the PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Pocono Downs and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The first 2005 session of camp took place in June at The Meadows in Meadow Lands.

CONTACT: Kristina Watson, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, +1-717-787-5085.


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