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 13 update

Trainers Exam Prep Class in Lexington, Kentucky November 16-17-18, final three days of the Keeneland Fall Breeding Stock Sale. For information and to register CLICK HERE

Due to a lack of participants, Basic Horse Handling & Care (BG099) has been postponed.

Spring Basic Grooming class is scheduled for April 16-20, 2018. Click the email link above to be put on our mailing list to receive updates about classes scheduled between now and then.

April 16-20, 2018- Basic Horse Handling & Care 099 (Basic Grooming 099) at Magdalena Farms, Lexington, KY
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. This is also a good class for individual horse owners and those wishing to become horse owners, particularly owners working with retired racehorses

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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.