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RUS NY 2014 Fair Series Well Underway

Michelle Crawford wins 2nd leg at Afton Fair on Vassar Hall and Michelle Miller takes 3rd leg at Seneca County Fair on Kash Now.

Waterloo, NY, July 17, 2014 --( The inaugural RUS New York 2014 Fair Series is now well underway with three of the six legs completed. The series kicked off at Goshen Historic Track on July 3, followed by the second leg July 10 at Afton Fair. Seneca County Fair in Waterloo held the third leg on July 14. So far, all the races have been met with enthusiasm from the spectators and fellow horsemen, with many thanks to the support of the New York Sire Stakes and all of the fairs’ race committees and staff members.

The race in Afton had 4 finishers and went in a time of 2:11.4, won by Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall. Second went to John Michael with rider Tara Hynes aboard, followed by Kash Now ridden by Michelle Miller and Striking Mystery with Jennifer Lowrey. The race was also the Frank Tingley Memorial, with a cooler donated to the winner from his family who was in attendance in the winner’s circle to present the prize, alongside CJ Millar of RUS New York, who had prizes from series sponsors Horse Quencher and Draper Therapies. Frank was a huge supporter of RUS, with his wife Lia a regular for RUS exhibitions at Afton fair since 2001.

The Seneca County Fair race meet was Monday, July 14 in Waterloo, New York. The race had 2 starters and went in a time of 2:12.0 with winner Michelle Miller on Kash Now. This officially puts both Michelle and the horse in the lead for horse and rider points, as we gear up for the second half of the series races.

Thanks to the addition of some new sponsors, a few purses will be increasing and RUS New York has announced the High Point Rider Award for the rider earning the most points during the season, regardless of the horse or horses they race. Both the High Point Rider Award and the Series Champion Horse will receive gifts from Hawthorne Products in addition to the other national series sponsors. The next race will be held at Otsego County Fair, Morris, NY on Tuesday, July 29. Points earned by finishers count towards their qualification for the final race, as well as for the High Point Rider Award, to be held at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg, New York on August 19. For full race conditions and current standings, please visit the RUS New York website (

Alongside the RUS New York Fair Series, things have been heating up across the RUS circuit. Canada has approved RUS as a betting sport, and races are starting to show up at more and more tracks. There are also several series and races taking place along the East Coast with plenty of opportunity to support RUS by attending a race near you. On Sunday, July 13, Ocean Downs held its first RUS race, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action, who also won the first leg of the Fair Series in Goshen July 3. There is also an RUS series underway at Vernon Downs, with the first leg won by Tymal Oh So Nice with Heather Reese Aboard. The second leg will be held on August 16, and the final will be on August 29. RUS America is also kicking off their second RUS Hambletonian Series at The Big M in Rutherford, NJ this Friday, July 18, with the second leg on July 25. Horses will race the final on August 1.

There is the still the opportunity to become a sponsor of the RUS New York Fair Series. Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also the marketing director for RUS New York and RUS Nation, and a licensed RUS rider as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at or 973-626-3673.
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