North American Racing Academy

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The BCTC Equine Program and the North American Racing Academy (NARA) began in 2006 and is the first and only accredited community college-based racing school in the U.S.  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 over 3,000 races and over $35 million in purses, and those in the horseman pathway work at top racing stables and breeding farms in North America. Over 80 percent of jockey and horseman graduates are placed in internships and/or full-time work in the horse.

In addition to training at the academy, many classes are offered online for convenience to more students in the U.S. and overseas. 
Please do not hesitate to call us at (859) 246-6667 or email  

Partner Organizations

  • Keeneland
  • Thoroughbred Training Center
  • Thoroughbred Charities of America
  • Alltech - McCauley Feed
  • Kentucky Horse Park
  • Kentucky Unbridled Spirit

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