Horse being lead towards a race track

What can you expect from this course?

The Professional Racetrack Groom Course is a “Learn and Earn” concept program that will give you the confidence and skill to become a professional licensed Groom at Alberta Horse Racing Tracks! This unique program has a blended approach that will allow you to study online, learn from and practice your skill with industry professional instructors, all while allowing you to earn a wage working in the industry! You will acquire the skills you need to provide intensive professional care to elite race horses. 

Delivery: Olds Campus

Fees: $250

Program Dates: February - July

 

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Professional Racetrack Groom Course

Horse being lead towards a race track

What can you expect from this course?

The Professional Racetrack Groom Course is a “Learn and Earn” concept program that will give you the confidence and skill to become a professional licensed Groom at Alberta Horse Racing Tracks! This unique program has a blended approach that will allow you to study online, learn from and practice your skill with industry professional instructors, all while allowing you to earn a wage working in the industry! You will acquire the skills you need to provide intensive professional care to elite race horses. 

Delivery: Olds Campus

Fees: $250

Program Dates: February - July

  • February 18 - March 13, 2020: Online (instructor guided in Moodle)
  • March 16 - March 27, 2020: Face-to-face at Century Mile Racetrack in Nisku (includes chores and classtime, 8+ hrs per day, plus chores on the weekends)
  • March 30 - July 3, 2020: Earn and Learn with trainers at Century Mile Racetrack in Nisku. Face-to-face classes three afternoons per week until April 24th, then two classes per week during race season, until July 3)

Credential: Non-credit

Applications Open: Registrations are accepted as long as seats are available, however it is recommended that you register early as this class is limited to a small number of students to ensure your safety and an optimal learning experience

Required Materials: Appropriate footwear (no running shoes) and clothing suitable for working with horses and variable weather.

Admission Requirements: This is an employment-driven program where Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is making a commitment to training and hiring professional grooms.  Students are expected to maintain a minimum 70% average in order to be licensed by HRA and work in the industry.  Students should also be aware that this is a physically demanding program, representative of what would be expected with any subsequent employment in the industry.

  

What will you learn?

With support from Horse Racing Alberta and industry professionals you will receive your hands on training at the new Century Mile Racetrack in Nisku Alberta.

This course is being offered with a one-time introductory tuition of $250.00! The remainder of the fee is covered by Horse Racing Alberta to provide professional equine grooms to the Horse Racing industry in Alberta.

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to understand horse behaviors, explain the workings of the horse racing industry, develop personal career skills, demonstrate practices for barn safety and cleanliness, demonstrate horse handling techniques for high powered horses, identify and apply horse racing tack, identify equine anatomy and related lameness, apply stable and exercise bandages, perform race day procedures, execute regular health checks on horses, follow protocols for equine medical emergencies, and explain Equine Nutrition!