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Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

BCTC offers NARA racehorse riding program; first time classes offered in summer sessions

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer two racehorse riding classes this summer designed to introduce riders of different experience levels to racehorse riding techniques. This is the first time these courses have been offered in summer sessions. Racehorse Riding Skills I (EQS 112) introduces students to basic racehorse riding. Participants...

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...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway’s top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

English jockeys now living American dream; Gilligan, Doyle among Turfway's top riders

Jockey Jack Gilligan and trainer Jeff Greenhill (Photo by John Engelhardt)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   As an aspiring jockey on his first visit to Kentucky, Englishman Jack Gilligan quickly realized he wanted to return. Two years after that initial sojourn, Gilligan ranks among the top riders at Turfway Park in Florence. By coincidence, he is joined on the leader board by...

Keeneland Field Trip: Too young to race, but not to learn about Kentucky horse industry

The Jockey Garden in the paddock is popular with visitors, including these children from Fayette County Public Schools. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   In a brisk 10-station tour, fifth-graders caught a glimpse of how Keeneland functions and why Thoroughbreds are vital to the Commonwealth. The field trip led them through the sales pavilion, the paddock,...

Racing Academy’s ‘Outstanding Graduate’ Chelsea Heery living dream on track and off

Chelsea Heery, this year’s North American Racing Academy Outstanding Graduate, says it’s an ‘indescribable feeling’ to be on the track galloping horses. (Photo from NARA)   Chelsea Heery knew very little about horse racing when she applied to the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Now she’s been named this year’s NARA...

Racing Academy's 'Outstanding Graduate' Chelsea Heery living dream on track and off

Chelsea Heery, this year’s North American Racing Academy Outstanding Graduate, says it’s an ‘indescribable feeling’ to be on the track galloping horses. (Photo from NARA)   Chelsea Heery knew very little about horse racing when she applied to the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Now she’s been named this year’s NARA...

Winning at the Wire: Racing academy joins schools to give students competitive edge

Thoroughbred trainer Ken McPeek, a graduate of Tates Creek High School and the University of Kentucky, shared some thoughts on how to find and cultivate promising racehorses. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   A new partnership with the North American Racing Academy will equip equine students at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm to pull ahead in a competitive...

North American Racing Academy wins big with $20K in donations from Turfway, HBPA

From left, Chip Bach, Turfway general manager; Marty Maline, executive director, KHBPA, Clifford Reed, president/CFO Turfway; Dr. Augusta A. Juliain, BCTC president/CEO; and Remi Bellocq, executive director NARA. (Photo provided)   The retired racehorses used for teaching at the North American Racing Academy in Lexington gained $20,008 in donations from Turfway Park and the Kentucky Horsemen’s...