The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana congratulates the following group of youth who have been selected to participate in the 2013 Youth Racing
Experience. This once in a lifetime opportunity is a full day of hands on learning.
They will experience a behind the scenes look at what it takes for a trainer to operate a barn, meet with racing officials, get an up close look of horses breaking full speed from a set of starting gates, and feel the thrill of helping a trainer prepare a horse to walk up to the paddock to run in a race. Who knows, they might even end up in the winners circle with the horse they helped groom!
The Youth Day Experience is June 22nd. Youth will be taking a mock trainers test and selected individuals who score high on the test and are recognized as outstanding individuals during the day will be eligible to win scholarships. The top individual of the day will be selected to represent Indiana for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course in California to participate in the National program, where there will be $6,000 in scholarships awarded as well.
After a one week delay, 15 Youth and some of their parents enjoyed a full day learning about Quarter Horse Racing in Indiana at the QHRAI Youth Day at Indiana Downs held June 23, 2012. Youth Day participants watch morning works at trackside and from from a
higher view in the clockers Room. Youth Day Participants enjoyed a special "up close" look of the starting gates while Starter Johnnie Jamison talked about the process that horses go through before being able to "break" from the gates. Johnnie also demonstrated how
the headers must be positioned in the actual gate with the horse in it, and youth had spectacular view of two horses from the Mosley Stable being schooled from the gates!! Understanding mutuals, simulcasting and administration while getting a tour of the facility was a very important part of the morning session. Click on any image to see larger version - Photos taken by Michelle Collins
After a full day of learning about all aspects of Quarter Horse Racing, participants took a trainers test which will be graded. A combination of the test scores and level of participation through the day will be evaluated to determine who will win a $1,000 scholarship and represent Indiana at the 2011 AQHA Youth Experience. After dinner, everyone was assigned to work with a trainer to prepare thier horses for the races Saturday night, and then walked with them to the paddock to watch their horses get saddled and run in a race. Some even got to pose in the win picture!! Click on any image to see larger version