Louisiana QHBA Scholarship Night Set for July 9

The LQHBA will make several charitable contributions on closing-night of the Delta Downs meet.

Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association will hold a scholarship night at Delta Downs on July 9.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association  will make several charitable donations on Saturday, July 9, at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton.

The popular event is the final night of Delta Downs' Quarter Horse racing season and will include several rich stakes, topped by the 350-yard, $690,295 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) and 400-yard, $244,430 Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby (RG3).

Through the generous support of sponsors Delta Equine Center, Grant Farms LLC, Heza Fast Dash, Jumonville Farms and StallioneSearch.com, there will be a $5,000 donation presentation to Special Olympics Louisiana in the winner’s circle that evening.

Formed in 1968, Special Olympics Louisiana is a state wide not-for-profit 501©3 organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana provides sports training and athletic competitions and transform lives through the joy of sport. Currently, 14,639 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana participate in over approximately 100 competitions.

In addition, two $1,000 college scholarship drawings will be awarded as part of the very special evening saluting accredited Louisiana-bred racehorses. Louisiana high-school graduates planning to attend a higher-education institution in the calendar year of 2016 can sign up at the LQHBA Scholarship Registration Table (located at the foot of the escalator on the casino level), beginning at 5:00 pm. Registration will close after the running of the second race.

The scholarships will be drawn live in the winner’s circle immediately after the third race and entrants must be present to win. More information on the scholarship eligibility can be found at LQHBA.com.

LQHBA board members, local legislators and dignitaries will be at Delta Downs for the presentations.

While the primary goals of the LQHBA are to promote breeding and racing in the state, the association remains dedicated to supporting opportunities for higher education for Louisiana youth. Since its inception in 2001, the LQHBA scholarship program has earmarked over $430.000 for Louisiana students to attend a higher-education institution.

The scholarship program was the vision of the late Jim Mitchell and Executive Director Emeritus Leverne Perry, and it is strongly supported by the LQHBA and its board members. Last November, on LQHBA Breeders Futurity Night at Evangeline Downs, live scholarship drawings took place in between races, and Louisiana students and their families enjoyed the million-dollar futurity and four drawings for scholarship awards of $1,500. One very fortunate student, Cassie Babin, was the recipient of a $5,000 drawing.

"Giving back to Louisiana charities and supporting our scholarship program is extremely important to our association, and we thank our sponsors for their continued support," said Tony Patterson, LQHBA executive director. "We look forward to an exceptional evening of racing at Delta Downs on July 9 and to saluting Louisiana students and the great work of Special Olympics Louisiana."

For more information on the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, visit their website or call (318) 487-9506.

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