Inside the Academy

Tommy Peters
Jenny Schott

“Inside the Academy”

The Australian Racing and Equine Academy (AREA) is the leading training and education provider for the Racing Industry in New South Wales. AREA is the only vocational training provider for the Thoroughbred Racing Industry which is endorsed by Racing NSW.

This month we profile two staff members of the multi-award winning AREA team.

Tommy Peters

Job Role: Track work riding instructor

Industry Experience:

Tommy Peters, originally from Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast, has been a track work rider for 11 years, riding for leading stables such as Bart Cummings, David Hayes and now Godolphin.

“I’ve been involved in Show Jumping as a competitor for a long time also, prior to when I started riding track work,” he said.

“I do horse breaking and re-educating ex racehorses on the side which is also enjoyable.”

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Best thing about the job:

“I love educating the students… it’s really good working with the next generation and helping them get on their way in the industry.”

“We are very lucky to have Tommy as a part of the AREA team. He is well respected in the industry and comes from both a performance and racing background. With his knowledge and talent as a rider as well as being great with the students from an educational perspective he is a perfect fit for the demanding job role. ” – Academy Training Manager, Karlie Triffitt.

Jenny Schott

Job Role: Workplace Trainer and Assessor

Industry Experience:

Originally from Newcastle, Jenny Schott has worked with horses since her school days in Muswellbrook.

“I actually went to school with champion jockeys Wayne Harris and Neville Boyd,” Schott said.

“Muswellbrook was a big horse area and it was there that I started working with horses doing the basics around the stables. It was a great experience as a kid and gave me early knowledge in finding my way safely around horses and establishing myself in the racing industry.”

Schott went on to work as foreman to Newcastle Trainer Alf Peters for several years and eventually furthered her skills and knowledge by enrolling in a TAFE NSW Horse Handling and Training Horse Industry course in her local area.

“That was actually the first TAFE course run in Racing, and Bob Kerrigan and I were the ‘guineapigs’, you could say, of that program,” she said.

“I received a lot of horse nutritional knowledge from that two-year course. From there that helped me with further employment when I worked for Ranvet for 17 years. I also managed a produce shop in Brisbane along the way.”

Jenny commenced employment as a Workplace Trainer and Assessor with the Academy in June 2016, and is mainly based at Tamworth in the Hunter North West.

“I had to go ‘back to school’ to obtain my Workplace Trainer and Assessor qualification for this role, which was well worth it and enjoy passing my many years of experience in the racing industry onto others,” she said.

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Best thing about the job:

“I enjoy my current role, working with students who are commencing their career in racing,”

“I also work closely with Shane Cullen and other Racing NSW Stewards at Tamworth in various race-day roles which I also enjoy.”

“Jenny has been a real asset to the team covering various areas in NSW. She has extensive industry knowledge and has worked across many different job roles within the racing and equestrian industries. She has watched the racing industry evolve into what it is today. This combined with her can do attitude & friendly personality makes her a great workplace trainer and assessor. ” – Academy Training Manager, Karlie Triffitt.

The Australian Racing and Equine Academy is the industry leader for education and training in Racing – offering National Qualifications in vocations such as Stablehand, Trackwork Rider, Jockey, Racehorse Trainer, and, much more.

The Academy is a training partnership between Racing NSW and TAFE NSW Western Sydney. Together the Academy and Racing NSW have won prestigious Awards for Excellence at both the NSW Training Awards and at the Australian Training Awards. RTO Code 90000.