The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., and SUNY Cobleskill will team up to offer an accredited course for upper-class students in the Animal Science program to experience all aspects of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. The pilot program will be offered to 15-20 junior undergraduate students that have met prerequisites.
The course, which runs from late August to early December, falls in line with the NYTB's goals to make outreach with students interested in equine studies and finding the next generation of the industry's workforce and leaders in racing and breeding. The program's goals are to introduce students to every aspect of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry via a consistent schedule of Zoom session and on-site visits.
The course's tentative schedule:
- August: Introduction to the racetrack and visits to the New York Racing Association administration offices and the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs;
- October: Breeding and sales–via Zoom and attendance at NYTB's October seminar and Fasig-Tipton Saratoga October mixed sale;
- September: Racetrack in-depth backstretch visit at Saratoga Race Course and equine health visit via Zoom and at Rood & Riddle in Saratoga Springs;
- November: Breeding farm visit in person and via Zoom.
NYTB President Tom Gallo and SUNY Cobleskill Associate Professor in Animal Science Raymond Whelihan collaborated to develop the program.
“Giving them direct access and exposure to the multitude of jobs and careers in our industry. We are thankful to start this pilot program working with Ray Whelihan and SUNY Cobleskill,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the NYTB. “It has unlimited potential going forward in partnering with more schools in the future to help ensure a knowledgeable and dedicated workforce for the immediate future of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.”