Q. What is a Standardbred?
A. A Standardbred is a type of race horse that pulls a driver on a cart called a sulky. Some people call them Harness Horses. Standardbred horses are bred to race at either the trotting or pacing gait.
Q. Where can I find more information on Standardbred foals?
A. Google “Standardbred Foals”. You’ll find lots of videos, photos and info.
Q. Can I still enter the Contest if I cannot go to a farm to see the foals?
A. Yes, if you can’t get to one of the farms to see the live foals, you can still enter the contest by writing a poem or a short story from the video that is posted on the website or from doing some research of your own on Standardbred foals.
Q. My school will not be taking our class on a field trip to a local farm. Can I go on my own?
A. Yes. Check the list of farms on our website that have agreed to have an Open House. Hopefully there is one close enough that your parents can take you to see the mares and foals.
Q. None of the farms on the Farm Visits list are in my area. Do you have any other farms?
A. If you contact us through the Contact Page on this website and give us your town and Postal Code, we will try to find a farm in your area. That won’t always be possible, but we’ll do our best.
Q. Does my poem have to rhyme or can it be free verse?
A. One of the conditions of the poem category is that the poem must rhyme.
Q. Can I entry a poem AND a short story?
A. No. A student can only send in one entry – either a poem or a short story.
Q. Part of the prize goes to schools. I am home-schooled, will I get the whole prize?
A. No. Home-schooled students will have the school portion of the prize donated to their local library. Please be sure to fill in your local library’s information on the Entry Form.
Q. I do not have a computer. Can I send my entry in by mail?
A. No. To avoid entries being received late or lost in the mail, all entries must be submitted by e-mail. If you do not have a computer, perhaps you can use one at your school or local library.