Together for Racing International (TfRI)— a global alliance to promote and progress education, community engagement, and career opportunities in the Thoroughbred industry-has launched.
TfRI is a product of a 2019 education forum–hosted by Godolphin in Newmarket, U.K.–uniting Thoroughbred breeding, racing, and education professionals from six countries who addressed challenges to inclusion, attracting newcomers, supporting education, and workforce enrichment.
“There is such a vast array of positive initiatives happening in the horse racing industry around the world,” said Annise Montplaisir, TfRI Project Manager. “But awareness is key, and unless we publicize the amazing impact so many programs are having, they risk going unnoticed. A resource like TfRI has the ability to connect industry newcomers with learning experiences; inspire educators to try new curriculums; and encourage communities to look at how their local racetracks and breeding farms are giving back.”
Chaired by Chris Grant, TfRI is designed to provide resources and inspirational content to inform students, educators, parents, and industry members about available opportunities for learning and involvement. It also serves as a networking medium for countries to collaborate and support the progression of emerging programs.
TfRI global steering committee members represent the following educational and workforce organizations: AFASEC (Fr); France-Galop (Fr); Godolphin (Globally); Horse Racing Ireland (Ire); Irish National Stud (Ire); Kentucky Equine Talent Pipeline Project (U.S.); North American Racing Academy (U.S.); Racing Together (GB); The Racing Foundation (GB); and Thoroughbred Industry Careers (Aus).
“As our industry, our communities and our economy recover from the challenges of 2020, it's fantastic to be able to draw on the whole world of inspiration and learning that can be accessed through TfRI,” said Cathal Beale, CEO of the Irish National Stud. “We're proud to be part of this ground-breaking collaborative effort. We look forward to even more great programmes and initiatives being shared, and to more countries coming on board.”