Indiana Horsemen Giving Again

Indiana horsemen, Indiana Downs to give food in Shelbyville.

Press Release
December 12, 2012

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In November, QHRAI gave away turkeys. PHOTO: QHRAI

Turkeys are ordered, bags of food have been stuffed and pies will be in the oven soon, all thanks to an idea and the imagination of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana. Not only do they race the fastest horses in the world, they care and give back to the communities they race in.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, QHRAI gave away 100 turkeys in the Salvation Army parking lot in Anderson, Indiana, as a thank you to the community that welcomes and supports them during the fall race meet at Hoosier Park.  Coming up next week they will be doing the same thing for Shelbyville!

The QHRAI is again providing 100 turkeys and Indiana Downs has stepped in to add a bag of food and a fresh baked pie.

“This was an easy decision to partner with QHRAI and supplement their donation, they are great folks to work with and we are blessed to have them give so generously to our community,” said Janie Schuster, Sales & Community Relations Manager for Indiana Downs.  “It took one phone call to the SCUFFY office and all of the arrangements were made.  We are coordinating with them to reach out to their agencies and give assistance where it is most needed.”

Tom Mosley, QHRAI’s Director of Industry Relations, commented, “This isn’t a gimmick, there’s no catch. The vast majority of our horsemen are Hoosiers and the Quarter Horse Racing Community is a tight knit group.  It’s very fulfilling to us to include Shelbyville into our community as they have done for us.”

Horse racing, since the creation of the racinos in both Shelbyville and Anderson, has had a dramatic economic impact on the state of Indiana.  According to the most recent study, horse racing has a $1 Billion dollar impact on the State’s economy.  It generates just under 10,000 jobs along with nearly $70 million in state and local tax revenue.  The great partnership between legislators, Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs, the horsemen of Indiana and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has led this industry to thrive and have the positive economic impact it does.