USTA offers Standardbred driving school at new venue

from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — The 14th annual edition of the USTA Standardbred Driving School will be held in the Goshen, N.Y., area from May 30-June 3.

“We are very excited to be able to conduct this year’s school in the New York area which will make the school more accessible for people who live in the East,” said Chip Hastings, the school’s founding director. “In addition to the new venue, the school has been extended to five days and will offer more hands-on instruction with horses than in year’s past.”

USTA/Mark Hall photo

Students get plenty of hands-on instruction at the USTA Standardbred Driving School.

Classroom instruction will be held at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame with stable work taking place at both the Goshen Historic Track and the Mark Ford Training Center.

The school begins Wednesday evening, May 30, with a welcoming reception/dinner and special keynote speaker. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be conducted each day, Thursday through Saturday, with six lucky students being chosen to drive in a special driving school race during the Sunday afternoon matinee program at the Goshen Historic Track on June 3.

Join the fun and excitement in this one of a kind opportunity for educational and hands-on experience. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. There is a registration fee of $350. Students must provide their own transportation and lodging. Most meals are furnished.

For more information, or to enroll online, please follow this link.

Those who might be interested in attending should not delay, enrollment in the USTA Driving School is limited.

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