8th Annual Pink Out event to be held October 22

pinkribbonThe Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is teaming up with Washington Health Systems to fight back against breast cancer this Saturday (October 22).

The “Pink Out” event will benefit the local breast cancer center that treats women daily in their fight against this deadly disease. With a post time of 1:00 p.m., the race card will feature a contest dedicated to the Washington Health Systems, as well as a non-wagering miniature horse event.

Missy Rothfuss, outrider at The Meadows, usually saves lives on the track, but has decided to perform that function in a different way. Ten miniature horses will be decked out in pink for a great race and great cause.

With The Meadows surrounded by several professionals and loved ones affected by breast cancer, it is a cause close to the heart. October is breast cancer awareness month and the MSOA has made the event an annual tradition.

“We have done this for several years,” said Heather Wilder.” But this is our second year for Washington Health Systems and is great to help those fighting against breast cancer in a facility right down the road.”

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will also be raffling a pink harness donated by Silverstone Decorative Concrete. Tickets will be available for purchase on race day, with all proceeds going to Washington Health Systems.

Additionally, a pink Michael Kors purse is being offered, with raffle tickets costing $1 each or 15 for $10. If you are not able to attend, tickets can be purchased on Venmo at @MSOApinkoutharnessraffle.

A Chinese auction, mini ponies with donation coats and a mini pony race will also be held as part of the festivities.

“We would like to thank all participants and Silverstone Concrete for the donation of the harness,” says Kim Hankins.

Please contact Heather Wilder at msoaprheather@gmail.com or Megan Semulka at msoaprmegan@gmail.com to get involved or for more information.

Stillings family adds another World Championship

20161009_115208Sophia Stillings, granddaughter of Harness Racing Hall of Famer Dick Stillings, has been named the unanimous World Champion of the Western Pleasure class, junior exhibitor, at the 2016 Morgan Grand Nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sophia, 14, is following in the equine footsteps of the Stillings family, longtime staples in the Standardbred industry.

“She’s been out there for the last several years, and it’s been amazing to watch her, said Dick, who continues to race daily at The Meadows in Washington County. “You know our harness racing business, it’s pressure all the time. What she does is also a lot of pressure, but it doesn’t even seem to bother her.”

The daughter of Rick and Kirsten Stillings of Ohio, Sophia has now won 7 World Championships at the Morgan Grand Nationals, all of which have come with her horse Artful Image, better known to the family as “Rose.”

“For me, the most important thing is just the fact that they’re willing to put in the work,” says Kirsten Stillings. “Sophia is very quiet, very humble. As a team, she and Rose have learned together. Both are young, Rose is only 10, and they quietly do their job. This year, it all came together for them again. It’s just so nice to see the effort they put in together.”

To win the title as a unanimous choice by the judges is highly uncommon, and her grandfather knows that more success is in Sophia’s future. “What a nice kid she is,” said her proud grandfather, Dick. “Right now her college of choice is Stanford, and I know she’ll achieve whatever she wants to in life. I’m proud to be her grandfather.”

Dick Stillings, a harness racing world champion in his own right, knows all about success. He has set numerous world records and is a member of the sport’s Hall of Fame.

Preferred class update

Effective the week of 10/10/2016,  Preferred classes will be written 3 out 4 weeks. The following schedule will apply till the end of the year.

10/10 No Preferred Pace
10/17 No F&M Preferred Pace
10/24 No F&M Preferred Trot
10/31 No Preferred Trot
11/7   No Preferred Pace
11/14 No F&M Preferred Pace
11/21 No F&M Preferred Trot
11/28 No Preferred Trot
12/5   No Preferred Pace
12/12 No F&M Preferred Pace
12/19 Five Days Racing T-B-D
12/26 Three days Racing T-B-D

Note: If the Preferred is written and does not fill, it will be written the following week.

Reminder: Keep in touch with legislators

Dear MSOA Members,

At the most recent MSOA Membership Meeting, MSOA lobbyist Rob Vescio reiterated the need for regular contacts with legislators to remind them that the horse racing industry and Act 71 specifically are a great agribusiness money-generators for the economy of the Commonwealth.

With the upcoming election right around the corner, we are asking that MSOA members use the legislator locator below to find your legislators contact info and send a note or give them a call and ask them to support horse racing and oppose raids on the Race Horse Development Fund.  Your call or letter can make a difference.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can find them here:



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