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BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

The Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America to provide food and care for the retired racehorses who are a part of the training and education for NARA students.

“Your grant proposal upholds the mission of the TCA which is ‘to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers,’ ” said Erin Crady, TCA executive director.

BCTC students (left to right) Maija Beaudoin, Shelby Spalding, Olivia Kraft and Cheyenne Jones surround horse Makeshift Courage.

This gift to NARA will help offset daily care costs of the thoroughbreds that live at the fully-functional training and teaching barn. These horses provide students with the specialized training and the hands-on experience they will need for future certification and licensing related to the riding, care, training, and management of the race or sport horse.

“We’re so grateful to Thoroughbred Charities of America and Godolphin USA for their ongoing financial support of BCTC-NARA,” said Remi Bellocq, executive director of NARA and Equine Studies. “Keeping our donated racehorses in training here at the Thoroughbred Training Center provides our students with a hands-on learning environment that is unique among equine studies across the U.S. But those horses don’t feed themselves — so thank you TCA and Godolphin.”

The BCTC Equine Program and the North American Racing Academy began in 2006. It is the first and only accredited community college-based racing school in the United States. NARA trains excellent exercise riders and professional jockeys, licensed grooms, assistant trainers, trainers, breeding farm managers and other workers skilled in the care and training of the racehorse.

To date, former NARA students in the jockey pathway have won more than 3,000 races and $35 million in purses, and those in the horseman pathway work at top racing stables and breeding farms in North America. More than 80 percent of jockey and horseman graduates are placed in internships and/or full-time work.

In addition to training at the academy, many classes are offered online to allow students throughout the world to take desired courses.

If you are interested in the BCTC Equine Program and the North American Racing Academy, call (859) 246-6667 or email dixie.hayes@kctcs.edu. Fall classes begin Aug. 13.

From Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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