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Racing Experience

TQHA Race Experience

Location: Sam Houston Race Park

Dates: July 15, 2024

The TQHA in coordination with Sam Houston Race Park is hosting a Texas Youth Racing Experience Day on June 15th at Sam Houston Race Park.

The kids will be taken on a tour of the Sam Houston Race Park grandstand area, the saddling paddock, jockey’s room and also be able to watch horses during morning training. They will then be escorted into the stable area and be able to meet and visit with a few trainers and see up close some of the horses that participate in the Sam Houston Race Park races. Parents are also invited to join the tour. The tour should end before lunch.

Then later that evening tour participants (and their parents) will be given free admission and will be able to watch all the night’s races in the TQHA suite where hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. The races begin at 6:45 PM.

In the past this has been a very popular event with the youth members of the TQHA as well as with the show horse kids. This year we would like to see as many of the racing family kids participate as well.

AQHA Race Experience

Location: The Downs Racetrack & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dates: TBD

The AQHYA National Racing Experience is held in conjunction with the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championship each year. This national event allows participants to experience working one-on-one with an experienced trainer at the three-day Challenge Championship event.

Youth must be 16 years old at the time of the national event to apply. Applicants must also complete the online Racing Skillathon Contest, and their results will count toward their cumulative total in the program.  Five participants will be chosen to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships.  All applicants must be members of AQHYA.  For more details please go to

Location: Lone Star Race Park, Texas

Dates: October 21, 2023

The TQHYA Race Experience was held at the Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas starting at 8 am Saturday, October 21, 2023.  Youth ages 16-18 were able to apply.  Youth were able to meet the trainers, tour the barns, and attend the races at the Park.

AQHA 2023 Racing Experience in Grand Prairie, TX

Congratulations to TQHYA Officer Charylet Lee for winning the AQHA Racing Experience at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

AQHA 2021 Racing Experience in New Mexico

Congratulations to TQHYA Board Members David and AJ Kendrick for crossing the finish line 1st and 2nd at the AQHA Racing Experience in New Mexico. These young men were amongst the 5 selected participants in the entire nation. The guys from Texas received an all expense paid trip to learn first hand about racing and compete for scholarship money.


Download the AQHYA Youth Racing Experience Handbook to learn more!