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Ohio Farm Bureau strengthens partnership with Harness Horsemen’s Association


COLUMBUS, OH. – Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association have announced a continuation of their partnership that will help promote and strengthen the state’s agricultural community. OHHA is a nonprofit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in Ohio.

“This partnership is a natural fit for both organizations as we work together through today’s challenges and ensure success for agriculture’s future,” said Michael Bailey, vice president of strategic partnerships with Ohio Farm Bureau. “OHHA has continued harness racing at tracks all over the state, maintaining a revenue source for numerous county fairs and rural Ohio as a whole. We appreciate their perseverance and their continued commitment to Farm Bureau’s mission.”

Sustaining a partnership that was established in 2019, OHHA is supporting Ohio Farm Bureau with funding to both promote the Standardbred industry to Farm Bureau members, and youth and career programs led by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

“Ohio’s Standardbred industry is proud to advance our relationship with the Ohio Farm Bureau as our statewide impact on agriculture is significant,” said Renee Mancino, executive director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “OHHA’s engagement with Farm Bureau members stretches far beyond this partnership, as our members work alongside farmers every day at Standardbred breeding farms in 37 counties, four pari-mutuel racing locations, 65 county and independent harness racing fairs, to those agricultural support industries who provide items like implements, feed, bedding and other necessities in order for our horses to be successful. We are thankful to be a part of Ohio’s most important industry.”