Connie Youmans

Office Manager, Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Special Achievement

Biography: When horsemen on the backstretch have a question or problem, the universal answer is almost always: “Go see Connie.”

Connie Youmans was always horse crazy, spending summers at family ranches in Missouri and Oklahoma. In 1971 she took advantage of growing up in Louisville, Kentucky by taking a part-time job on weekends with Harvey Vanier at Churchill Downs. Shortly thereafter, she left her full-time position at an advertising agency, followed the racing stable down to Hialeah Park and dove right in to life in the racing industry.

In 1974 Youmans came to Pennsylvania with now-husband Murray Scott, and she proudly notes that her claim to fame was installing the very first screw eye in Barn 1 at Keystone Race Track. By 1976 she was working for the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolence & Protective Association and has since continued with the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA). Her proudest accomplishment was taking a pencil to paper and designing the 5/8-gap in the early 1980s. She also established The Granny Fund, an education scholarship for horsemen and their families, in honor of her mother Catherine “Granny” Youmans.