Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund

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M. Kelly Young
Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund



Young, a fifth‐generation participant in harness racing, grew up on a leading horse breeding farm outside Goshen. She most recently served as Deputy Director of Public Policy for the New York Farm Bureau where her legislative and regulatory portfolio has included dairy, forestry, aquaculture and food policy and access. She has held various positions over the past decade with the Farm Bureau and has expertise in general agricultural matters, which are critical to the Fund’s mission to support the state’s harness racing industry.  


Young previously served as Executive Director for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and was Associate Editor of The Horseman and Fair World, where she developed and wrote stories on harness racing. Young was selected for a 2013 McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture and was a member of Class 13 of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD‐NY). She received multiple awards for her writing from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the New York Agricultural Society.


Young is currently a member of the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council, which provides recommendations to the New York State Gaming Commission on matters related to growing the fan base of horse racing. She also serves as president of the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame and is a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Young holds a B.A. from Boston University.


The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund shall be administered by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, the Chairman of the New York State Gaming Commission or his or her designee and three Standardbred Breeders. Members  shall continue to hold office until their successors are appointed and qualified. The chairman shall be designated by the members of the fund. The members of the fund shall receive no compensation from the fund for their services as such members but shall be reimbursed by the fund for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties. 

  • Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Barry Sample, Chair of New York State Gaming Commission
  • Steve Jones, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee

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