Amplify Horse Racing, founded in 2019 as an initiative to welcome and educate newcomers about the Thoroughbred industry, has launched a mentorship program aimed at pairing young adults with Thoroughbred industry professionals. Objectives include improving accessibility into the Thoroughbred industry and developing understanding of what it is like to work in the sport by leveraging the experience of current industry professionals. The program is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 22 who have a strong interest in a career in the Thoroughbred industry. No experience is required.
The initial pilot program will pair 10 mentors with mentees through two mentorship approaches. The first is in person, with five mentees based in Kentucky paired with mentors who are also in the state. The second, designed to limit geographic barriers, is virtual with five mentees from anywhere in the U.S. paired with suitable mentors.
“Ever since Amplify Horse Racing started in 2019, the goal of its founders and early supporters has been to offer a mentorship program,” said Annise Montplaisir, president of Amplify. “Throughout Amplify's growth and assessment of how best to recruit newcomers, it has become evident that mentorship has had an important role in getting many young professionals and industry leaders involved in the sport. We hope that through the creation of a formal program, we can make that process easier for others.”
The pilot program will take place from August through October. Mentorship program applications are available at amplifyhorseracing.org/mentorship. For more information or to learn how you can become a mentor, contact Annise Montplaisir at [email protected]