Nominations open for Fair Island Farm Caretaker of Year

Lexington, KY — Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 Caretaker of the Year through Monday (Nov. 28). The award, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), 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 to be the Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year. All that is needed to nominate is an email or letter, 200 words minimum, from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker.

The Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $2,500 as well as transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla, on Sunday (Feb. 19, 2023), where he or she will be recognized and presented with a trophy. 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. All nominated caretakers will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishments.

“Leah and I are honored to continue the tradition of recognizing caretakers and the hard work they do on a daily basis,” said Zubrod. “And it is especially gratifying to honor one most-deserving person as the Caretaker of the Year.”

The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Kim Rinker, Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington and Shawn Wiles.

All nomination letters and emails must be received and/or postmarked by Monday (Nov. 28) and sent to chairman Bojarski at or mailed to Tim Bojarski, 7523 Maple Road, Akron, NY 14001.

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