Salisbury, MD — Ocean Downs Racing, the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, the Maryland Standardbred Breeders and the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund hosted an exhibit at the Junior Achievement Inspire event held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, in Salisbury, Md., from March 14-16.
The event drew thousands of eighth-graders from 33 schools on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and nearby Virginia. The booths showcased careers from a NASA rocket to Standardbred racing, and every business in between.
Wynnfield Savannah, owned by USTA ID Tech Pam Polk, was the highlight of the day for most students and adult volunteers, along with a virtual reality racing headset that was used while visitors sat on a real race bike. The headset was manned by the Ocean Downs marketing team. The display also consisted of Wynnfield Savannah’s racing pictures on her stall, and a table with many different handouts provided by USTA outreach coordinator Jessica Schroeder.
The students conducted many interviews with booth volunteers Peter Szymanski, director of racing at Ocean Downs; Pam Polk, Wynnfield Savannah’s owner; Gina Maybee, representing Maryland horsemen; and Cheri Stambaugh, administrator of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund.