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RUSSELL WILLIAMS WINS BERGSTEIN PROXIMITY AWARD

HARRISBURG PA – December 23, 2014 -- Russell Williams, an officer of Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, the United States Trotting Association, the Harness Racing Museum as well as an active rescuer of horses after their racing/breeding careers are completed, has been named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner by the United States Harness Writers Association.

It is the highest award given by USHWA that is voted on solely by its membership of 220.

Williams is the grandson of Hall of Famer Lawrence Sheppard, founder of Hanover Shoe Farms, the world’s largest standardbred nursery.

While always enjoying the horses, Russell carved his own path in life as a lawyer, serving as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and teaching law at the University of Richmond.

Later, he returned to Hanover as a senior official. He serves the dual roles of vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, leading breeder in the industry since records started to be kept in 1949, and as chairman and vice president of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, which each year conducts a weeklong sale in Harrisburg, about an hour from the Hanover Farm near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.

Williams is also vice chairman of the USTAA, the sport’s breed registry and statistical record-keeper. He also is a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY, and the former chairman of the American Horse Council, a multi-breed organization.

He also campaigns a modest stable of horses and owns several broodmares, including Nicole Isabelle, a second-generation Williams’ mare whose first foal was the trotting star Nuncio, an Andover Hall colt who won the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity en route to earnings of $1.45 million in 2014.

The main equine beneficiaries of Williams’ “ownership” are those whose careers as racehorses are finished and elder broodmares retired from the breeding ranks.

The retired broodmares are boarded at Hanover for life. The unwanted racehorses are purchased by Williams, who finds them suitable homes.

The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human and equine awards will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available.

Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or email by contacting Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com.

The headquarters hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch.

The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845-807-7538 or email: tullytrot@yahoo.com.

All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via Internet link: USHWA.org.

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