Indiana inducts greats into Hall of Fame
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The Indiana Horse Racing Association Inc. (IHRA) held its third Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at The Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. The evening's honorees included Harold Barnes of Shelbyville, Ind., Mari Hulman George of Terre Haute, Ind., Senator Robert Jackman of Milroy, Ind., and Don Myers (posthumously) of Seymour, Ind.
The 2016 inductees joined inaugural Indiana Horse Racing Hall of Fame members Senator Lawrence M. Borst, DVM and Michael G. Schaefer (posthumously), inducted in 2014, and Senator Richard Thompson and Ralph Wilfong (posthumously), inducted in 2015.
The 2016 Indiana Horse Racing Hall of Fame event, sponsored by Centaur Gaming, was hosted by Peter Lurie, an internationally renowned horse racing commentator. The event featured a reading of resolution for each inductee followed by a portrait unveiling. Portraits of the 2016 inductees were painted by Mark Dillman of Indianapolis and will be displayed in the clubhouse of the Indiana Grand Race Course.
"The Indiana Horse Racing Association's Hall of Fame was created to acknowledge those individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly to bring the horse racing industry in Indiana to the forefront of the sport," said Rick Moore, president of the IHRA. "The four newest members of the Hall of Fame are pillars of Indiana horse racing, and their passion and dedication have collectively helped pave the way for the growth of our industry."
In addition to the inductions, guests were invited to make donations and participate in a live auction that benefitted both the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Centaur Gaming matched the auction donations dollar for dollar, and the proceeds raised during the evening totaled $18,940 for the retirement foundations. For more information on the foundations and to donate visit http://www.adoptahorse.org/ (Standardbred) and http://www.trfinc.org/ (Thoroughbred).