The Accelerator Program
The hunt is on for Australia’s most talented and bold horse riders to become the first intake of the ‘Accelerator Program’ – a 12-week intensive trackwork training course that will see participants critiqued and mentored by the best jockeys in the game, including Hugh Bowman, Glen Boss, Tommy Berry, Kathy O’Hara, Nash Rawiller, Rachel King, Sam Clipperton, and Kerrin McEvoy. Hall of Fame retired jockey Darren Beadman, will also be overseeing the progression of the riders throughout the program.
Trainees will live on campus at Western Sydney University’s Richmond base while receiving intensive training and education on exercising racehorses by a team of experienced instructors, before graduating with a qualification that will open doors to Australia’s leading stables. Employment upon completion of the program is guaranteed.
Recently returning to Sydney from Hong Kong, jockey Sam Clipperton said this is a unique opportunity to pursue an exhilarating career, whilst learning from the best in the business.
“We all think we’ve got the best job in the world; riding the fastest horses for a living. The Accelerator Program is about creating opportunities to become a part of that. If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to ride some of the world’s best racehorses and get paid to do it – whether you’re into bull riding or showjumping like I was, this is your chance to start the journey.”
The Accelerator Program is the latest offering from Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC), a not-for-profit which is aiming to secure the long-term future of the thoroughbred industry by raising the curtain on careers and creating more pathways for people to become involved. Arrowfield Stud, Chris Waller Racing, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing, Godolphin, Lindsay Park Racing, McEvoy Mitchell Racing, and The Australian Turf Club united to form TIC in 2018 for the betterment of the industry.
Applications for the Accelerator Program open on July 11 and close on 21 August 2020 and is open to Australian residents.