BCTC’s NARA receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

LtoR Students Maija Beaudoin, Shelby Spalding, and Cheyenne Jones with horse: Makeshift CourageThe Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) to provide food and care for the retired race horses 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.

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 (NARA) 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 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 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 (NARA)  call (859) 246-6667 or email dixie.hayes@kctcs.edu. Fall 2018 classes begin Aug. 13.