Kentucky Horse Park to Launch New 5-Month Equine Education Course

Equestrian News

The Education Department of the Kentucky Horse Park strives to be a vital member of the horse industry and the community at large by serving as a center for equine education and learning. In furtherance of this goal, we are proposing a five-month equine education program, modeled primarily for the Thoroughbred industry and including racetrack skills, which is designed to provide essential training for individuals seeking entry level positions on farms and racetracks.

Horseman's Pathway will run August through December each year and will provide the foundation semester for the NARA jockey program, the NARA horseman's pathway program, or the student may choose to seek employment after this course and receive a Certificate of Completion.

Intense classroom lectures will be combined with hands-on training to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to be employed in the equine industries. The first two weeks are basic classroom instruction. After that, the students will begin two-week rotations through the various equine departments of the Horse Park to provide students with the range of experiences necessary for them to be successfully employed on a farm or racetrack. Basic employment skills and work habits will be addressed and reinforced throughout the program, with students receiving intensive supervision and weekly evaluations by area managers.

Successful completion of the program will prepare graduates to continue working toward an associate’s degree or to have the skills they need to be successful entry level employees on a racetrack or farm. Students who do not wish to pursue additional college credit will receive a Certificate of Completion.

For information contact Kathy Hopkins, or 859-259-4291.

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