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Gulfstream Hosts Miami-Dade School Children
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino played host to 19 students from the Robert Renick Educational Center Tuesday as part of a community-based instruction curriculum with Miami-Dade Public Schools.
The students were guided on a tour of Gulfstream’s backstretch by host Sandy Bruno, assistant trainer to Phil Gleaves and former assistant to Woody Stephens. Inside trainer Mary Hartmann’s barn, Bruno talked about the number of people involved in the daily care of a thoroughbred and their specific occupations.
After asking questions, the students were introduced to trainer Kathy Ritvo’s miniature horse, Roxy. The students then toured the front side of Gulfstream’s property and ended their tour with lunch at Gulfstream’s Tiki Hut.
“Something like this provides these kids, who are dual diagnosed, with possible opportunities down the road,” said Howard Slovin, support specialist for Programs for Mentally Handicapped Students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “This program is part of the community-based vocational education program as well. We’ve been to IKEA, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a veterinarian’s office, the University of Florida, Davie campus, and now Gulfstream. It’s a wonderful experience for our children and the aides that come with them.”