The Indiana Horse Racing Association (IHRA), Inc. will formally induct Sarah McNaught, former chairwoman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and Howard “Pete” Peterson (posthumously), founder of Viking Meadows Farm and two-time Indiana Horseman of the Year, into the Indiana Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 in the Clubhouse at Indiana Grand.
McNaught and Peterson have made long lasting and substantial contributions for the benefit and advancement of the sport of horse racing in Indiana. They will join the following individuals in the IHRA Hall of Fame:
- Honorable Lawrence M. Borst, DVM – 2014 Induction
- Michael G. Schaefer – 2014 Induction (Posthumously)
- Honorable Dick Thompson – 2015 Induction
- Mr. Ralph Wilfong – 2015 Induction (Posthumously)
- Harold Barnes – 2016 Induction
- Mari Hulman George – 2016 Induction
- Senator Robert Jackman, DVM – 2016 Induction
- Don Myers – 2016 Induction (Posthumously)
- Honorable Howard “Luke” A. Kenley – 2017 Induction
- Lynn George Wilfong – 2017 Induction
- Raymond J. “Steve” Panke – 2017 Induction (Posthumously)
The (IHRA) is an Indiana Not For Profit Corporation founded in 2014 to establish and maintain an Indiana Horse Racing Hall of Fame, preserve the history heritage and traditions of the sport and Educate the public about the history of horse racing in the state of Indiana. It also works to provide information about the many contributions it provides to the state’s agriculture and economy.
Induction into the Indiana Horse Racing Hall of Fame is determined by a vote of the Directors of IHRA. Directors of the IHRA represent all three breeds in the state and include Jack Kieninger, Paul Martin, Joe Davis, Rick Moore, Jon Schuster, Trent McIntosh, and Ron Baumann.
Portraits of current hall of fame members, and new inductees, have been painted by Mr. Mark Dillman of Indianapolis and are displayed in the mezzanine at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Mari Hulman George, 2016 inductee, passed away early Saturday, Nov. 3. A special tribute will also be included in the program Monday in honor of George.