BY LENNY SHULMAN / PHOTOS BY ANNE M. EBERHARDT
BloodHorse.com / APRIL 1, 2017
AT FARMS, STABLES, AND RACETRACKS around the country dozens of graduates of the North American Racing Academy (NARA)are excelling as managers, exercise riders, assistant trainers, and jockeys, fulfilling the vision of those who started the program or today work at furthering its goals. NARA is enjoying its 10th anniversary this year (it started late in 2006) and has evolved into a well-tuned educational opportunity for students nationally and internationally to pursue their dreams of working with horses.
The brainchild of retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, NARA started as basically a school for prospective riders but today offers an additional path for those wanting to enter the equine industry with goals of becoming trainers, farm managers, or bloodstock agents as well. A full two-year program provides students with college credits they can use if they wish to pursue their studies at a four-year university and also giving them hands-on experience in the care, health, and performance of the horse. Read more
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