“What is Harness Racing?” Exhibit

Soon the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will be able to help patrons answer the question “What exactly is harness racing?”

Coming May 1-June 30, an exhibit titled “What is Harness Racing?” will be on display at the library from the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.

The “What is Harness Racing?” poster series consists of a series of six colorful framed posters illustrating the uniquely American sport of harness racing.

Visitors will learn all about the American Standardbred horse and its historic bloodlines, the breed’s great progenitor Hambletonian 10, as well as the most significant foundation sires of both trotters and pacers. Also included is a comprehensive timeline of important harness racing milestones from 1788 to the present time.

On Tuesday May 17 at 2pm, Tom Wilburn will speak at the library about his career harness racing.  Wilburn, a native of Lowndes County, spent over forty years harness racing and own over 2,000 races.  During the 1960s and 1970s, Wilburn even hosted free harness racing events at his home Smith Oaks Plantation outside of Artesia.

“What is Harness Racing?” is sponsored by the CTW Foundation and Bob Tucker of New Jersey’s Stonegate Standardbred Farms.

Both the exhibit and presentation are free and open to the public.

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Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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