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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June 18, 2017 update

Trainers' Exam Prep Classes

Lexington, Kentucky - June 28-30 is sold out. A waiting list is available.
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Remington Park, Oklahoma City August 16-18.
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Owner Groom Elite 99-101, Santa Anita, Arcadia. CA July 10-14
A special presentation of Groom Elite materials for owners and those considering owning a racehorse or acquiring a racehorse that has concluded its racing career and is embarking on its next opportunity. This class will be followed by Owner Groom Elite 101-201 September 25-29 taking owners through the advanced class that discusses injuries, therapy and horse care principles based on most recent research and information. (Attendees of Session I have priority for seat in Session II.) Eleven signed up as of June 18, so only 9 spots remain. (Class size limited to 20)
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 You can help us improve lives of humans and horses!

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.