HHYF programs utilize Trottingbreds, a smaller breed related to the Standardbreds which also race. Trottingbreds have their own racing circuits in the Midwest, Canada and Bermuda. For more on Trotttingbreds, go to www.thetrottingbred.com.
While many people refer to the HHYF stable member as ponies, they are not. The Trottingbred does carry pony blood – Shetland, Welsh, Hackney and other – but it has been recognized as a breed since 1977. Today, no ponies can be introduced into the bloodline, although Standardbred blood is periodically infused to build speed. Trottingbreds cannot be registered to race if they stand more than 51½ inches at the withers (under 13 hands) as compared to Standardbreds who stand at least a foot taller.
The HHYF Trottingbreds are wintered over at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and Kentucky prior to being shipped to their spring homes for training and then hitting the road for summer camps and programs.
CD’s Miss M (aka Missy)
Missy is the self-appointed, traveling matriarch of the HHYF stable; she provides stability and balance. She’s good gaited and fun to drive plus fast. Her hair still frizzes in the humidity of summer!
Ima’s Hit (aka Homer)
“Homer” is a great teacher of patience – for participants and program instructors. He’s the kid who “just gives enough” but not too much, and he makes you work for what you want from him! Now become mostly white; he even has a dapper white streak in his foretop.
I Want Another (aka WaWa)
As the sole trotter in the HHYF stable, WaWa has adapted very well into the ranks. Those long legs, kind eyes, patience in the cross ties and willing attitude – all characteristics must appreciated by those still learning about how to harness.
Royal Attire (aka Roy)
Roy is a handsome fellow; he’s suave, curious, and gutsy and a rock star on the track. As innocent as he seems, just keep an eye on the stall door as he likes to check out the nearby hay stall if given the opportunity.
Sweet Karen (aka Karen)
Sweet Karen peacefully passed away at age 25. Karen, the golden palomino who was deeply loved by all of us and touched so many lives within the HHYF family. Whether it was teaching kids how to groom, harness, or jog, or being sassy behind the starting gate, Sweet Karen will live on in our hearts forever.