Canterbury Park Supports Scholarship in a Haystack

Five students find their lucky $500 horseshoes

(left to right) DCTC CIO Todd Jagerson, Brandice Carlson, Melissa Meach, DCTC President Ron Thomas, Amy Minnick, DCTC Foundation Board Member Kerry Sutherland, Blake Garcia, DCTC Exercise & Sport Science Instructor Sara Woodward, Jack Straus

Canterbury Park, a premier horse racing track in Shakopee, Minn., partnered with the Dakota County Technical College Foundation in support of DCTC student scholarships. Canterbury Park hosted the popular event, Scholarship in a Haystack, at the track Thursday evening, Aug. 23, 2012, and provided $2,500 in student scholarship funds. Twenty participants dove into a huge mound of hay to search for five golden horseshoes, with each horseshoe redeemable for a $500 scholarship to the college.

Judd Greenagel, corporate partnership manager at Canterbury Park, has been working with the DCTC Foundation to make a DCTC night at the races a regular occurrence. Scholarship in a Haystack 2012 represents the third time Canterbury has hosted the free event.

Scholarship in a Haystack 2011 @Canterbury Park

“Canterbury Park welcomes the chance to help DCTC students reach their academic goals,” Greenagel said. “Scholarship in a Haystack is great fun for both participants and spectators. We look forward to future opportunities for members of the college community to spend a night at the races at Canterbury.”

Tharan Leopold, executive director of foundation and alumni, expressed the DCTC Foundation’s gratitude to Canterbury Park for helping support much-needed scholarships.

“Our students appreciate Canterbury Park’s generosity,” Leopold said. “Without the strong support of superb partners like Canterbury Park, students would have a much more difficult time achieving their college and career aspirations.”

About Canterbury Park

Opened in 1984, Canterbury Park is one of the last great racetracks built in America. The 300,000-square-foot grandstand features three levels for racing, along with an 18,000-square-foot Card Casino. Canterbury Park’s sandy loam one-mile oval has three chutes: 3½ furlongs, 6½ furlongs and 1¼ miles. The turf course is a 7/8 mile inner oval that accommodates races at several distances. Canterbury holds live racing from May to September.

For more information about Canterbury Park, contact:
  • Judd Greenagel
    Corporate Partnerships Manager
    Canterbury Park
About the DCTC Foundation

Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation is governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for students while building a general endowment fund and establishing private endowment funds.

For more information about donating to support student scholarships at DCTC, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of Foundation and Alumni