Participants Selected for Youth Racing Experience

The National Youth Racing Experiences allow young people a first-hand glimpse into racing.

Q-Racing Journal

Youth get hands-on experience in the National Youth Racing Experience. PHOTO: AQHA File Photo.

This year, AQHA will host eight youth during the National Youth Racing Experience at Lone Star Park during the Bank of America Challenge Championships.

The youth must apply to participate in the program. Those selected will travel to Grand Prairie, Texas, and get first-hand experience in the racing industry. They will be matched with trainers to allow them to experience the daily life of a racing barn. In the afternoons, the youth attend informational sessions on various aspects of the industry, from frontside jobs such as the stewards and announcer to the starting gate, jockey’s room, test barn, as well as attending the racing committee meeting and field trips to nearby equine establishments, such as a vet hospital. 

The 2015 youth participants: 

Andee Mae Cornia of Randoph, Utah
Lacey Jo Edge of Krum, Texas
Erin Halla of Chaska, Minnesota
Holly Kiess of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sierra Meadows of Jones, Oklahoma
Payton Rush of Altoona, Iowa
Emily Schimnich of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Valerie Slimskey of East Berlin, Connecticut

These youth will garner not only priceless education, but also compete for scholarships. The Youth Racing Experience was first held in 1998, and returns to its original host track of Lone Star Park. 

To be a part of the experience, look for the application next year at

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