A 12-week residential ‘boot camp’ where Explorers will cover theoretical and practical skills at the Australian Racing and Equine Academy (Richmond, NSW).
During this 12-week learning, Explorers will live on campus at Western Sydney University, Richmond.
During Boot Camp, Explorers will be taught the basics of attending to and handling thoroughbreds in stables and at trackwork, riding thoroughbreds (tailored to suit varying abilities), health and safety of self and others, career opportunities in the thoroughbred industry, ethics and rules of racing, stud operations and quarantine procedures, pedigrees and conformation of thoroughbreds and more.
Throughout the 12-week program, students will gain valuable insight into the thoroughbred industry through Industry Days. This include excursions to the races, yearling sales, morning track work and stud farms, along with hearing from leading trainers, jockeys, bloodstock agents, media and administrators about their careers in the industry.
The Explorer Cadetship Program will include the development of valuable life skills. Topics include: work ethic, being on time and being reliable, personal presentation and language, manners, self-respect and respect for others, how to conduct yourself, how to greet people and how to speak to owners/clients, personal motivation, health and fitness (mental health), healthy eating habits, how to work in a team and how to resolve conflict.
Racing stable placement
Explorers will commence their first 4.5 months paid work-placement with a leading racing stable, gaining valuable hands-on experience and insight into the racing industry
Your job tasks will be set by your employer to suit your abilities. Most leading racing stables are situated in city areas.
Note: Pay rates for working in a Racing Stable fall under the Horse and Greyhound Training Award. You will be required to work weekend shifts.
Stud farm placement
Explorers will commence their second 4.5 months paid work-placement with a leading stud farm, learning all aspects of the care and management of breeding stock including mares, foals and stallions, preparing yearlings for sale and the mating process.
Note: Pay rates for working on a Stud Farm falls under the Pastoral Award. You will be required to work weekend shifts
- The program commences in February and the program is capped at 30 students.
- The program will take 12 months to complete and once you commence you will receive minimal time off.
- Students will need to be 18 years or over at the commencement of the program and 24 years or under.
- The program will involve riding and hard physical work, so students will need to be fit and healthy and have a strong work ethic and will to succeed.