Education: Jockey & Horseman Schools

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edited March 2012 in General Interest
Successful 'jockey school' expanding to include horseman training
By Janet Patton —

It's been a priceless opportunity to learn the business from the best, she said. "It is such a really unique program," Edstrom said of NARA. "Chris (McCarron) knows everybody who is anybody, and you get such a head start even before you get a job."

That's the kind of success that new director Remi Bellocq, former chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, hopes the NARA program can have more of.
Now affiliated with the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, the riding academy is branching out to become a work-force development school for racing and breeding farms.
"There is a high demand for trained, skilled workers, especially with immigration issues being what they are," Bellocq said.

So the 54 students currently enrolled in the "jockey school" will be prepared to be everything from exercise riders to grooms, with new emphasis on horsemanship skills, racehorse care and barn management.
The NARA now will offer a one-year Exercise Rider and Racehorse Care and Training certificate program in addition to the current two-year associate degree for jockeys or horsemen.
The jockey school, still led by McCarron, has had great success. Since 2006, jockeys who completed the program have ridden in more than 11,000 races and earned more than $16 million. Graduate Ben Creed has earned more than $3.8 million and was leading rider at Turfway Park.

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  • KetaKeta Member
    The University of Arizona has a Race Track Industry Program
    Bob Baffert is one of the notable graduates.
    Here is the link to info
  • This is a great program. As I understand from what I've read, it's not just a jockey school, but it also teaches prospective jockeys things like money management, life issues and skills, etc.
    Way to go, Chris!
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