Second In-Particular person Grader Faculty Training course to be Scheduled

With its on the internet classes continuing to bring in countrywide and global participation and the very first version of its in-particular person Grader College program set to be held in mid-September at Keeneland, the College of Kentucky Higher education of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Racetrack Professionals Certification Program  and National Thoroughbred Racing Association Sept. 11 announced that it will be launching a next in-human being Grader University course in the future.  

The Racecourse Supervisor Certification program curriculum is created for those people now engaged in professions with turf surface maintenance. The on the net classes are absolutely free. Men and women who total the video programs and move a check that demands a $50 payment will receive a certificate of completion from the College of Kentucky. Participating Thoroughbred racetracks that enroll their personnel will acquire credit score towards long term accreditation by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

The online training course supplied by the RMCP, “Turf as an Equine Sporting activities Surface,” presents coaching for industry experts by specialists from inside of and outside the house of horse racing. The 2nd class, dubbed “Grader Faculty,” will debut September 13-15 at Keeneland and offers hands-on education in the use of motor graders for maintaining a protected and steady depth of grime and artificial surfaces.

The 1st session of Grader University will include a select team of 5 racetrack servicing specialists searching for to acquire innovative skills and experience to make improvements to their occupation progression. The class will be taught by veteran racetrack superintendents Dennis Moore and Alfredo Laureano. Moore is a Southern California-centered monitor superintendent with approximately 50 yrs of racing experience when Laureano is the monitor superintendent at Keeneland. Both Moore and Laureano have intensive knowledge with each grime and synthetic surfaces. Their experiences incorporate maintenance by a selection of use and local climate situations and practical experience with each more mature graders and state-of-the-artwork gear. 

The inaugural enrollees for Grader School incorporate:


  • Brian Brown, Monitor Servicing Qualified Laborer, Reasonable Grounds Race System & Slots (Louisiana)
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  • Derek Pettinger, Assistant Superintendent, Remington Park (Oklahoma)
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  • Keith Stockman, Superintendent, Delaware Park Race Monitor
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  • Richard Sweeney, Assistant Observe Superintendent, Maryland Jockey Club
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  • Stirling “Harrison” Youthful, Assistant Superintendent, Turf, Colonial Downs (Virginia)
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Two scholarships that address class tuition, as effectively as aid for lodging costs, have been awarded. The Equinox Racing Award will go to Harrison Youthful of Colonial Downs. The Horsemen’s Observe and Products scholarship will be awarded to Derek Pettinger of Remington Park. These award recipients have been preferred based mostly on their potential for long term leadership in racetrack maintenance.  

“Protecting a safe and sound, honest, and dependable racetrack is actually an artwork kind. Expert and proficient grading of the surface is a person of the most very important keys to this entire procedure for the safety of our entire world-course equine and human athletes,” said David Richardson, govt director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “Richard (Sweeney) and the rest of the to start with class for this plan are younger and committed and the foreseeable future of our marketplace.” 

Based mostly on the big variety of purposes and inquiries, a second session of the Grader University will be scheduled in the foreseeable future. Chances for palms-on practical experience will be prolonged to each new and professional operators. 

Indication up to obtain details about RMCP offerings here. Discover far more about the Racecourse Managers Certification Application here. Enroll in the “Turfgrass as an Equine Area” course right here

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