Louisiana Downs Hosts 4-H Group

Louisiana horsemen welcome 4-H group to Louisiana Downs.

February 28, 2013

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The North Caddo Parish 4-H Club in the Louisiana Downs' winner's circle.

The Louisiana North Caddo Parish 4-H Club had an educational and exciting “day at the races” at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, February 9.

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 group, 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.