Month: January 2016

Sheri Miller had an exceptional year in Indiana Quarter Horse racing. The Shipshewana, Ind. native pulled in six awards presented during the annual Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) banquet held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Indianapolis.

Miller, who has been a longtime participant in Indiana Quarter Horse racing, was named 2016 Breeder of the Year. Horses that were raised on her farm had 12 wins in 63 starts with purse earnings in excess of $262,000 for the year. Miller and her husband, Glen, also stand a couple of stallions, including the standout producer Escondido Beach, who earned 2015 QHRAI Sire of the Year for the second straight season.

In addition to those awards, Miller was either owner or breeder on four champions in 2015, including Megatron Harry, Two Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year and QHRAI Champion Two Year Old (owner) and Beach Cartel, Three Year old Colt/Gelding of the Year and QHRAI Champion Three Year Old (owner and breeder). Both horses dominated in their categories last year and are both sons of Miller’s stallion, Escondido Beach. Miller was joined by her husband, Glen, and their daughter, Katie for the awards presentation.

Megatron Harry completed his first year of racing with four wins and two seconds in seven starts. His biggest win was recorded in the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity, the richest Quarter Horse race in the state of Indiana.

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It was another good year for Trainer Randy Smith in Indiana Quarter Horse racing. The Broughton, Ill. native pulled in nine of the 20 awards presented during the annual Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) banquet held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Indianapolis.

Smith, who has back to back Leading Trainer awards from Indiana Grand in 2014 and 2015, was presented with 2015 Trainer of the Year, earning a belt buckle for his accomplishments. Horses from Smith’s barn started 249 times, producing 46 wins and purse earnings in excess of $1.1 million. Smith is the first Quarter Horse trainer in the history of Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana to surpass the one million mark in one season. In addition, he posted the most wins ever recorded in one year by a trainer (46) and most purse earnings ever accumulated in one season ($1,108,775).

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Lieutenant Elizabeth DeLacy, second from right, corp officer of The Salvation Army Shelbyville, was presented with a check for $1,000 from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The donation was in response to a recent announcement that the organization had fallen short by $37,000 of their goal following the traditional Salvation Army […]