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TATIANA SCHOEPPLER CROWNED AS FIRST-EVER MS RACING QUEEN, CALIFORNIA-BASED WINNER TAKES TOP PRIZE OF $100,000 & WILL REPRESENT THE STRONACH GROUP AT HIGH END RACES & EVENTS FOR NEXT YEAR
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 29, 2013)—Tatiana Schoeppler, a 26 year old Commercial Real Estate Salesperson based in Los Angeles, was named The Stronach Group’s first-ever Ms Racing Queen, in a competition that ended this past Sunday at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. Schoeppler, who bagged a grand prize of $100,000, was part of a five-person contingent that represented California and competed with an equal number representing the Sunshine State.
“I grew up spending most of my life here in Florida and I’m absolutely thrilled to win this on behalf of both California and Florida,” said Schoeppler, a former winner of Miss Clearwater USA and Miss St. Petersburg USA. “I want to thank The Stronach Group (TSG) and everyone involved in this competition.
“This is my first real involvement with horse racing and I feel like the fun has only just begun. It’s such an incredible sport and I’ve already met so many fun, wonderful people. I can’t wait to get to work tomorrow at the Florida Derby and then I’ll be back to Southern California for the Santa Anita Derby on April 6.”
As Ms Racing Queen, Schoeppler will travel and appear as an ambassador on behalf of TSG to major events such as the Florida and Santa Anita Derbies, and the Preakness Stakes. She will also be providing behind the scenes video of TSG events and will create updates via social media.
Schoeppler intends to use her title as Ms Racing Queen to educate the general public on the Thoroughbred racing industry and the history of horse racing—in the hopes of attracting a younger audience to The Sport of Kings.
“There are millions of young people out there that have no idea what they’re missing,” said Schoeppler. “I was one of them!! I can’t wait to get out and interact with as many people as I can and let them know what a great challenge this sport is and how much fun it can be for everyone.”
Schoeppler has an extensive educational and professional resume that includes a degree in Economics from the University of Tampa Bay and a stint as an NHL cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
While with the Lightning, she volunteered much of her time to visiting wounded veterans and she also later served as Director of a non-profit organization aimed at brightening the lives of pediatric cancer patients.
Schoeppler plans to run a half marathon later this year to help raise money and awareness for Crohn’s Disease, which affects her brother and a close friend.
First post time on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 6, is 12 noon. Post positions will be drawn on Wednesday, April 3. For more information, please visit www.santaanita.com.