June 30th was a huge event for QHRAI and Quarter Horse fans in Indiana!! In edition to a full card of Quarter Horse races including 5 stakes with purses totalling over half a million dollars, we managed to fit some other activities in the day!!
The first-ever all-Quarter Horse racing day proved to be a big hit with racing enthusiasts. Numerous promotions were scattered throughout the 11-race program that featured two $100,000 stakes races for the sprinters.
The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) was instrumental in preparing a lot of activities to complement the day. They joined efforts with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to provide a Youth Racing Experience program leading up to Quarter Horse Day. Eleven teenagers from all across the United States and Mexico submitted essays and applications to be selected for the fourday event. Upon arrival, they were assigned to a Quarter Horse trainer for three days leading up to the races and job shadowed their host trainer, learning the work it takes to prepare a horse for a race. Assisting the kids the entire process was Courtney Martin, Betty Burge, and Jada Buchanan, who served as an intern in the race marketing department for Hoosier Park two seasons ago. Read more about the Stake Races and Events from Hoosier Park's first Quarter Horse Day in the November QHRAI Section of The Fast Horse Resource....
October 13th was the second annual Quarter Horse day at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Fans were entertained by a Western Theme for the day while there was live racing. The race card included the $100,000 added Hoosier Park Classic and the Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes Final, as well as the trials for the final stake races of the year; The Governors Stake and The Miss Roxie Little.