It’s never too late to start a career in the Racing Industry!
That’s the opinion of young trackrider Tanzeel Huseyn, who recently graduated from the Australian Racing and Equine Academy (AREA) with a Certificate III Trackrider Qualification.
The 21-year-old reveals he knew very little about horses when he decided to switch careers and focus on the Thoroughbred.
Now 18 months later he is well on his way in a trackwork-riding career for a Sydney racing stable – thanks to his education with AREA.
“It’s quite amazing how far I have come in such a short amount of time,” Huseyn said.
“I knew very little about horses and I first learned about the courses and careers on offer through AREA visiting a school careers day.”
Huseyn said he was halfway through a University course, studying civil engineering, when he decided to give racing a go.
“I needed a break from Uni and thought that this would be an interesting course to try out,” he said.
“I haven’t looked back and I really can’t praise the AREA training enough!”
AREA’s Training Manager Karlie Triffitt has praised Huseyn for his attention to detail, which has seen him progress into a confident rider.
“Tanzeel commenced with us in 2016 and has worked tirelessly to develop his skills and achieve a qualification as a track rider,” Triffitt said.
“He has been one of our most hard working students, being the first to arrive and the last to leave while always completing tasks with a smile on his face.
“His work ethic is fantastic and it’s no wonder he has succeeded with his riding.
Triffitt said that Tanzeel’s skills could not have been achieved without the hard work of her team.“Tom Peters has mentored Tanzeel to develop his riding skills and worked with him for 12 months to produce a strong balanced and thoughtful rider,” she said.
“Tanzeel is now proficient in slow work and pacework with a determined yet kind attitude towards the horses he rides.
“He has learnt most of his racing knowledge from teacher Joan Pracey and would come to additional afternoon classes just to learn as much as he could about the racing industry.
“This term Tanzeel’s riding skills have been further fine-tuned on the track with Tracy O’Hara and Tom Peters and in the dressage arena with Zanna Northam who has assisted with Tanzeel’s ‘feel’ when riding to produce an all-round rider.”
Tanzeel has already commenced working in the racing industry, riding track work under Hawkesbury trainer, Wade Slinkard.
“We are all very proud of Tanzeel’s efforts and dedication over the past 12 months and as the Head Teacher of the section I am equally as proud of the AREA team for producing such a work ready graduate who I have no doubt will succeed in the racing industry,” Triffitt added.
Enquire about our trackrider and stablehand courses for 2018 by phoning 1800 200 724.
AREA delivers training in a partnership agreement with Racing NSW.
Smart and Skilled Training is subsidised by the NSW Government
ACT Training is subsidised under the ACT Government Funding Agreement