Welcome to the Elite Program
Mission Statement:
"To provide horsemen an opportunity for professional and personal growth, by increasing their understanding of the horse with which they work and enhancing their professional skills."

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October Update

Two late November classes scheduled in Lexington, Ky.

Trainers Exam Prep Class, November 16-18

Owners Groom Elite Workshop November 29-Dec 2.
(Click on links above for information on either or both classes.)

October 11 - Graduation for GE 101 at Laurel Park

October 15-17 - Dr. Mac will be at James River Work Center, Crozier, Virginia for three day Second Chances Groom Elite teaching visit

October 24-26 - Wateree Correctional will have their fall teaching session in Rembert, South Carolina.

Belmont Park Basic Grooming 099 postponed (probably until Spring 2019).


Want to work with horses? This workforce preparation class will provide theBG099 basic horse handling and care knowledge and skills you will need to work safetly around equine athletes. Learn tterminology and skills required for entry level worker positon in the equine industry, with specific emphasis on racehorses. Participants that complete this course and pass evaluations on Friday are virtually assured of being offered a job. If space is available (class size limited to 20 and we will maintain a waiting list), BG099 is a good class for individual horse owners and those wishing to become horse owners, particularly owners working with retired racehorses. Click on the contact us link in the left column and let us know if you would like to be informed of Basic Grooming Class schedule for 2019.

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  Next Trainers Exam Prep Class: Lexington, Kentucky November 16-18.

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The Elite Program suports efforts to improve the welfare and safety of all horses with emphasis on racehorses, active and retired. Training a groom to recognize early warning signs of colic or subtle indications of an impending injury provides a direct  benefit to those horses by enabling treatment that prevents more serious and even life threatening illness or injury.

 
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All horses, especially racehorses, are at risk of injury and health problems. In addition to the pressures of daily confinement, racehorses' legs are subjected to the pounding of speed work and their general health is challenged by exposure to large numbers of horses from many different locations. Because they spend more time with a racehorse than any other equine professional, knowledgeable grooms are important to the success of any racing barn. These important members of a racing team increase the odds of a horse having a long and sound racing career.

Racing is a difficult business. Participants can go from the one emotional and/or financial extreme to another in a short period of time.
Owners and trainers invest and risk there time and money in racehorses with the expectation that their investment will at least pay its way. They hire workers to care for their investment with an expectation that the person hired will be knowledgeable and capable of recognizing an injury or illness before it stops the horse's training (or ends its racing career). Identifying capable workers was (and continues to be) difficult as there was no standard by which grooms were measured. The Elite Program, Inc. a non-profit horsemen's education service, provides high quality equine care courses to grooms, owners, trainers and anyone interested in learning about taking care of a horse. In addition, grooms that demonstrate minmum knowledge on a written assessment and minimum practical skills in 5 areas of racehorse care are certified as "Elite grooms". The next time you are at the race, look for a tan Groom Elite logo jacket. It means that horse is receiving Elite care.