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Racing to the Future

North Caddo Parish 4-H day at the Races

By Jessica Hanke

“Racing to the Future” North Caddo Parish 4-H day at the Races


The North Caddo Parish 4-H Club had an educational and exciting “DAY AT THE RACES”  at Louisiana Downs on February 9, 2013.  This wonderful day at the races was a collaborated effort of people in the Louisiana quarter horse racing and breeding industry and the local 4-H.  The group consisted of about 40 attendees including 4-H members and their parents.  The itinerary included watching morning works, a tour of the jocks room, the silks room, the barn area, watching a race drawn, visiting with the stewards, track announcer, photo finisher, observing the horses in the saddling paddock and watching the first race.  A huge breakfast was prepared in the Winners Circle Church kitchen where the attendees had guest speakers consisting of the Racing Secretary, an owner, a breeder, a trainer, jockeys and an agent.  The question and answer sessions were very engaging.  The first race in the program was named for the 4-H and everyone participated in the win photo.  The LQHBA, AQHA and several local feed and tack stores provided items for goody bags and door prizes.  A great day was had by all.

Kay Stough, 4-H board member and Executive Director of the Arkla-Tex Agricultural Council said “I was a teacher for 23 years and this by far was the most interesting, entertaining and organized ‘field trip’ I have ever been on. The Caddo 4-H horse club was given an up close and personal tour of the Louisiana Downs racing facility and a glimpse of the inside workings of the track.”

The enthusiasm of the attendees and the numerous people that volunteered to share their knowledge and time was abundant.