Naas Racecourse - November 23rd 2016
CARE, in association with College Awareness Week held a Careers and Racing Education Day at Naas Racecourse on the 23rd
of November. Fourth, fifth and sixth year students from
surrounding secondary schools were invited to attend the free event and explore
the various career opportunities in racing. The day entailed talks from leading
industry representatives and a chance to meet with various institutions
offering further education programmes.
Curragh-based trainer, Willie McCreary met with the students and spoke candidly
about how he got to where he is today, the attributes he values in his team and
the importance of hard work. Jockey Kate Harrington echoed these thoughts as
she spoke about the dedication that it takes to be a jockey and the importance
of a passion for what you do.
Naas Racecourse Manager, Tom Ryan took the students on a tour of the track,
explaining how his varied career to date has helped him in his role. Students
also met with representatives of R.A.C.E (Racing Academy & Centre of
Education), who outlined the training that goes into becoming an apprentice
jockey. The Irish School of Farriery was also represented, they provided
details to students about the apprenticeship training they offer and a number
of their current apprentices performed live demonstrations.
The University of Limerick, National University of Ireland Maynooth, The
College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and the Curragh
Post-Primary School were also on hand to answer the students’ questions.
Willie McCreary, said: “It’s very important for students to
really think about what they want to do next. Racing offers a range of options
for good people who are passionate about what they do and are willing to work
hard. Hopefully we spurred a bit of thought in the students today about the
possibilities in this industry.”Patrick Ryan of
the Careers and Racing Education Department in Horse Racing Ireland, said:
“The horse racing industry is unique as it offers many different career options
which appeal to many different people. It was fantastic to be able to showcase
some of these careers. There was great interest from all of the students and we
hope to do more of these events in the future.”