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National Youth Racing Experience

The winners are announced from the AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience.

The American Quarter Horse Association
December 6, 2013

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The winners are announced from the AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience.

Ten youth had the opportunity to earn college scholarships worth a total of $6,000, November 7-10 at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association Youth Racing Experience in Los Alamitos, California.

The awards were given to the high-scoring students completing two workbooks and a practical test during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

Annise Montplaisir of Moorhead, Minnesota, won the top prize of $2,500. Finishing second was Zoey Oropallo of Tallahassee, Florida, earning $2,000; Austin Brewer of Nampa, Idaho, was third, earning $1,000. Makayla Demoss from San Tan Valley, Arizona, was given the inaugural sportsmanship award, which includes a traveling plaque that will be housed AQHA Headquarters.

The youth who attended the AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience include:

Makayla DeMoss of San Tan Valley, Arizona
Emily Albitz of Katy, Texas
Austin Brewer of Nampa, Idaho
Megan Shepard of Florence, Mississippi
Jacy Nelson of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Crystal Malo of Hector, Minnesota
Kacee Kugler of Ashley, Indiana
Casey Rae Reimler of Rozet, Wyoming
Zoey Oropallo of Tallahassee, Florida
Annise Montplaisir of Moorhead, Minnesota

 AQHYA Vice President Kalee McCann of Walnut Grove, Mississippi, and AQHYA Treasurer Mary Claire of Purvis, Mississippi, also attended the national event after participating in the Louisiana Youth Racing Experience and receiving  generous sponsorships from Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association and other individuals.

The AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience consisted of a week of racing experience to introduce youth to the sport of racing. Participants got a behind-the-scenes look into the industry and met the people who help the show go on every day, including owners, trainers, jockeys and their horses.

Top AQHYA members were picked through a nomination and application process for this all-expense-paid trip.

Be sure to read National Youth Racing Experience champion Annise Montplaisir’s blog, “In the Fast Lane,” a featured Youth in Action blog. And AQHYA Treasurer Mary Claire Cornett shares her own reflection from the event.

How to Apply

Not only do AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience champions walk away with a sizeable scholarship check in hand, but they also get to enjoy the fruits of an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championship races.

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Be 16 years old as of January 1, 2014
  2. Be an AQHYA member
  3. Attend your Regional Racing Experience, then be the selected regional nominee to the National Youth Racing Experience
  4. If your area does not offer a Regional Racing Experience, that’s OK! You can complete the online application and submit an essay
  5. Send in your application by September 3, 2014
  6. Applications will be reviewed, and 10 nominees will be selected to attend the AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships

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