by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am


By Ray PaulickTwo events to benefit college scholarship funds are scheduled for Saturday morning in Central Kentucky: the sixth annual Race for Education 5K and 10K runs and Harness Tracks of America's 31st annual Equine Art Show and Auction. You don't need to favor one breed of horses over another to take part in either or both events – only a desire to help young people connected to the horse industry get a chance for a higher education. In so doing, you might improve your own health and cultural perspective.The Race for Education, taking place in downtown Midway, Ky., begins at 8 a.m. It is for serious runners and weekend joggers – even walkers. Participants will be eligible for cash or prizes in various divisions, and everyone involved will be supporting the Race for Education's Karri Casner Memorial Scholarship Fund through their $20 registration fee. The Race for Education has awarded scholarships to 200 students in 34 states since the organization was founded in 2002, thanks to this event, a wide array of sponsors, and other programs and events throughout the year.For more information, go to In addition, registration forms can be obtained at John's Run Walk Shop in Lexington.The Race for Education enables children of low-income equine industry families, as well as young people who want to pursue an equine or agriculture related careers, to obtain a college degree by providing tuition support, literacy training, mentoring services and assistance in finding career-related internships during college. When students have graduated, The Race for Education also assists them with finding jobs in the Thoroughbred industry.

Stan Bergstein, the longtime executive vice president of Harness Tracks of America, has been a tireless promoter of the

HTA's scholarship program and art auction, and he wants people in Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred community to know there are many works of art in this year's auction that would be attractive to them, including a striking charcoal painting of Man o' War that is one of the 11 original offerings of George Ford Morris, the foremost American equine artist of the early to mid 20th Century.The extensive catalogue of art offerings (which can be seen by clicking

here) also includes oil paintings of Albatross and Keystone Ore by Richard Stone Reeves, a large collection of Currier & Ives lithographs, a harness “six-pack” of equine comedies by the renowned Pierre Bellocq, better known to Daily Racing Form readers as “Peb,” bronzes, sculptures, and some collectibles from the late harness racing legend, Stanley Dancer, including a transparent acrylic toilet seat embedded with pari-mutuel tickets from tracks around North America. There are hundreds of offerings for a variety of interests and price levels.The HTA Scholarship Fund Equine Art Auction takes place at the Tattersalls Sales Barn adjacent to the Red Mile in Lexington between 8 a.m. and noon. The scholarships have supported hundreds of children of individuals working in the harness industry or young people already engaged in the sport.

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