Kim Standeford Selected Winner of QHRAI Youth Experience

The barrel racer and recent high school graduate will represent Indiana at this year's national event.

Edited press release

Kim Standeford is the winner of the 2017 QHRAI Youth Racing Experience. PHOTO: Kim Standeford

Kim Standeford has been selected winner of the Quarter Horse Racing Asssociation of Indiana's Youth Racing Experience program. The recent high school graduate will represent Indiana at the this year's Youth Racing Experience during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows in October.

Standeford was one of 13 students aged 16-18 who competed at this year's event at Indiana Grand, held in June. The students spent the day at the track, learning about the care and training of racing Quarter Horses. At the end of the event, students took an exam, which helped select the winner.

Standeford earned a $1,000 scholarship from the QHRAI and a trip to the national contest, where whe will have a chance to earn an additional scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Association. A 2017 graduate of Hamilton Heights High School, just north of Indianapolis, she will begin her studies at Purdue University this fall. She hopes to earn a degree in marketing and hopes to tie her degree to the horse industry.

Standeford has a long history with Quarter Horses, as she started out showing on the local 4-H circuit, which led her into barrel racing. She and her horse, CDF Queensville King, won the 1D Indiana Barrel Racing Association state youth title in 2014. She has also earned a scholarship from the Business Professionals of America, and has served as president of her school's chapter and received an Indiana State Officer Leadership Team Scholarship.

Cassandra Trumbower of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was the QHRAI Youth Racing Experience runner up. Trumbower has been active in 4-H with showing and judging horses for the past eight years. She won first place in the 4-H Horse and Pony Show at the Indiana State Fair in 2016 with her Pinto mare, Flashy Black Beauty. Trumbower attended the QHRAI event with her aunts, who have recently bred a Quarter Horse mare to an Indiana-sired stallion in the Indiana Quarter Horse racing program. The family hopes to get involved in racing in the next few years.

“We had 13 students spend the day with us this year, 11 of which were girls, and they were a great group of kids,” said Vickie Duke, secretary for QHRAI and coordinator of the local Youth Racing Experience event. “In fact, two of the girls were from Illinois, as that state does not offer a Youth Racing Experience program.

"It was really hard to judge the students this year," she added. "They were chosen by their test scores, their interaction during the day and their interviews. It was really close this year as several of the students really stood out.”

The QHRAI has a history of a strong presence in the national AQHA Youth Racing Experience program. The national winner in 2015 was Holly Kiess of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Last year’s QHRAI winner, Hunter Duncan of Terre Haute, Indiana, finished second in the national program.

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