Indiana Horse Council Queens Court recognized

The newly crowned Queen, Kelsey Sajdera of Merrillville, Ind., was in attendance for a special night of racing for the Hoosier Horse Fair and Indiana Horse Council Saturday, May 14 at Indiana Grand. Sajdera was crowned the new queen at the recent Hoosier Horse Fair held in early April at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Sajdera, who is currently working on her Masters Degree in Agriculture Education and Youth Development at Purdue University, arrived just in time for the special winner’s circle presentation. She competed during the afternoon in a horse show at Rochester. Sajdera shows Pintos and recently acquired a Quarter Horse to expand into Quarter Horse and Palomino shows.

Sajdera was joined by the first runner up, Adrianna Erdie of Lafayette, Ind., the second runner up Frances Garrett also of Lafayette and Miss Congeniality Gabi Hurley of Evansville, Ind. The girls were selected from 18 contestants in the Indiana Horse Council Queen Contest that represents the entire state of Indiana. All of the contestants are connected to some type of horses or the equine industry in the state and the age range of the contestants is from high school through college.

“I found out about the Indiana Horse Council Queen Contest from last year’s queen, Jessica Peters,” said Sajdera. “We went to Purdue together. That is where I did my undergrad, too. It was a lot of fun. I love horses and my end career goal would be to get a job involved with horses and youth. I want to work with youth when I graduate.”

Erdie was also part of the 2015 Quarter Horse Youth Experience at Indiana Grand sponsored by the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana. Erdie was one of 16 students that spent the day at the track learning about horses and racing before taking a test to vie for a scholarship and a chance to represent Indiana at the AQHA Challenge Races where more scholarship money is available.

The 2015 Indiana winner, Holly Kiess of Fort Wayne, Ind., attended the AQHA Challenge in Dallas, Texas and won the national title, receiving an additional $3,000 scholarship from AQHA. This year’s Quarter Horse Youth Day Experience at Indiana Grand is set for Saturday, June 11. For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Vicki Duke at QHRAI by email at or by phone at (317 459-4801.