Teamwork puts riding course back on track at Glenormiston College
South West TAFE Equine Program senior educator Lisa Coffey, Camperdown Turf Club president Laurie Hickey, South West TAFE deputy chief executive officer Madelyn Lettieri, South West TAFE chief executive officer Mark Fidge, Country Racing Victoria group club manager Karen Van Kempen, Racing Victoria Athlete and Careers Development manager Mel Weatherley and Terang and District Racing Club president Wayne Johnson.
Track riding training is returning to the region through a new partnership between local racing clubs and South West TAFE.
An agreement has been signed between the training organisation, Camperdown Turf Club and Terang and District Racing Club to deliver the Certificate III in Racing (track rider) course.
Glenormiston will host the track rider component, while the practical parts of the course will take place at the Camperdown and Terang racing clubs.
South West TAFE chief executive officer Mark Fidge said he was pleased to be working with Racing Victoria and the local racing industry to return track rider training to Glenormiston and local racing tracks.
“I have no doubt this exciting initiative will ensure students are given a fantastic experience by our world-class trainer Lisa Coffey, who will not only focus on all aspects of track rider training but look at how each student can establish a long term sustainable career in this exciting industry,” he said.
“Our organisation looks forward to working with Camperdown and Terang racing clubs and broadening this initiative across Victoria as we work towards supporting the racing industry and their employees.”
Camperdown and Terang racing clubs group manager Karen Van Kempen welcomed the initiative.
“Track riders are pivotal to the ongoing progression and growth of the racing industry and this investment in their education and training is a significant step forward in securing a strong racing industry in the south-west of Victoria,” she said.
South West Trainers Association president Bill Wilde has also praised the memorandum of understanding between the groups.
“Along with the growth of horse racing in our region comes the need for more skilled track riders,” he said.
“The industry welcomes the provision of this quality training course which will provide jobs for riders not only in Victoria, but throughout the nation and will enhance workplace safety.”
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the agreement was an important step forward.
“Track riders are the life blood of the racing industry – it simply doesn’t work without them,” she said.
The track riding course is due to begin in March.
People can find out more about courses being held at Glenormiston at an information session at the facility on February 12 from noon to 2pm.