QH Youth Day Held at Indiana Grand
Teenagers came from all over the region to learn about racing.
June 28, 2014
More than a dozen 16-18 year old American Quarter Horse enthusiasts participated in the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana’s (QHRAI) Youth Day Experience held at Indiana Grand on Saturday, June 28. The all-day event covered numerous aspects of Quarter Horse racing with a $2,000 scholarship offered at the completion of the program to the top participant. The event has become known as one of the best programs in the region and drew participation from five states, including Pennsylvania.
The day began with a trip to the backstretch to witness several working parts of racing, including workouts from the starting gate and a demonstration by starter and track superintendent John Jamison. The group also learned the procedure to receive a racing license from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and received a temporary badge for the day. They also talked with Kevin Greely, director of racing, about how races are put together and how post positions are drawn before moving into the barn area to talk with trainers, veterinarians, a blacksmith, an equine chiropractor, an equine dentist and workers in the test barn.
The instructional part of the day brought the group to the jock’s room where their education continued on the equipment used as well as how weights are added to horses and how jockeys prepare for racing.
Following lunch, members of the group were tested on their experience and what they had learned from the QHRAI Youth Day Experience. The participant with the highest score will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship and will advance to the final AQHA Youth Day Experience held in Iowa later this year. The participant that advances will also be eligible for an additional scholarship on the national level.
A total of six Youth Day Experience participants from various points across the United States will advance to the final at Prairie Meadows. A total of $5,000 in scholarships will be provided during the final.
The final portion of the program took each individual to the backstretch where they were assigned to a Quarter Horse trainer. They went through the entire process to prepare the horse for its race and then accompanied the trainer to the paddock for the actual race, rounding out a full day during the unique experience for the teenagers.
The program is just one of many that the QHRAI has implemented to enhance and further the racing program in the state of Indiana. The organization will assist with the second all-Quarter Horse program set for Saturday, July 5, featuring three stakes races and two sets of futurity trials. The evening will be enhanced by a luncheon and a pizza party sponsored by QHRAI, which is working with Indiana Grand to provide a full entertainment experience for the night.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, November 1, offering racing Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added at 2:05 p.m. July 17. For more information, visit the website at indianagrand.com.
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