Harrisburg, PA — There are a few days left to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport — the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.
Any caretaker working for any stable or farm in North America is eligible. All that is needed to nominate is a letter or email, 200 words minimum, from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker.
All nomination letters and emails must be received and/or postmarked by Monday (Jan. 7) and sent to chairman Tim Bojarski at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Tim Bojarski, 7523 Maple Road, Akron, NY 14001.
The HRRNP Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday evening (Feb. 24), where he or she will be recognized. The winner will also enjoy a two-night stay at Rosen Shingle Creek, host hotel for the USHWA activities, as well as two complimentary dinner tickets.
The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington, Kim Rinker and Shawn Wiles.