PA Horse Industry Hopes to Educate Lawmakers

The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, which could lose about $70 million a year in gaming revenue under the proposed state budget, has organized a conference geared toward educating lawmakers on the horse industry and its contributions to the state.

The Pennsylvania Horse Conference is scheduled for March 14 at the Pennsylvania Horse Museum in the state capital of Harrisburg.

The daylong event will offer presentations on marketing the horse industry, the local economic impact of the equine industry, regional challenges facing horse racing and breeding, and legislative issues. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. EST with a breakfast featuring “famous families” in the Pennsylvania horse industry and end with a night at the races for legislators at nearby Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Pennsylvania Equine Coalition will discuss the impact of the proposed revenue cuts during the reception at Penn National.

Pennsylvania has three Thoroughbred and three Standardbred racetracks, all of which receive money from slot machines at the tracks and at non-track resort casinos.

More information is available at www.pahorseconference.com.

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