The Australian Racing and Equine Academy (AREA) is giving racing participants and those interested in a racing career a chance to try their hand at trackwork riding, thanks to a new Taster Course program that they have unveiled.
The Industry’s leading training provider will run a Skills Set Trackwork Rider ‘Taster Course’ at Richmond College, with the aim to give participants a chance at learning the basic trackwork skills.
“This skills set is designed as a taster for horse riders of all disciplines to try track riding in the safe environment of Richmond College,” AREA Training Manager, Karlie Triffitt, said.
“There is a shortage of track riders and it is a difficult career to get started in, we want to offer people the opportunity to learn the basic skills required to start as a track work rider in a safe environment.
“We have a fantastic selection of horses to suit all needs and then hopefully we can find a suitable workplace where they can further develop their skills.”
The tailored program will be delivered by Industry experts, Tracy O’Hara and Tommy Peters, who deliver training at the Academy.
“Tracy is a former jockey in her own right while Tommy has vast experience as a trackrider, so students will receive the best of training,” Triffitt said.
AREA houses an indoor riding arena, outdoor riding arena and a 600 metre sand track to accommodate the training.
“People can enrol in this program at any time,” Triffitt said. “We can run the program at different times to accommodate the schedules and needs of students.
“Feel free to give us a call and we can discuss some training options.”
The latest initiative follows the launch of a Taster Course for stablehands, which was run at Richmond College in September.
With a heavy focus on recruitment and training, AREA’s stablehand taster course has been a success with giving participants a start in the industry with basic horse handling skills.
For further information contact AREA on 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