The National FFA Convention has taken over Central Indiana and on Thursday, more than 100 kids took advantage of a special trip to Hoosier Park. Personnel from the track hosted the Career Success Tours set up by the National FFA offices to showcase the many careers and positions available in Standardbred racing.
Students from all across North America adding up to approximately 55,000 high school students are perusing around the area this week. The agenda included several area businesses tied to agriculture that could host bus loads of students seeking more information on careers associated with animals, agriculture and farming. Both Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand took part in the series.
Those visiting Hoosier Park got a tour of the facility, including the track maintenance area along with a trip to the Jeff Cullipher Stable. Cullipher’s Invitational pacer, New Talent, was utilized to show the visitors some of the work that goes into preparing a horse for racing. Laurie Younkin assisted Cullipher with the presentation.
Cullipher, always a willing participant to assist with community and special events at Hoosier Park, finished in a tie with Jamie Macomber last season for leading trainer. This season, Cullipher is currently leading the race for top trainer with 108 wins over Macomber, who has 103. Both Cullipher and Macomber have been very good advocates for promoting and showcasing Standardbred racing.