Training and jobs at forefront of new horse racing project

Posted on 12th March 2013

Horse training project

A special project centring on Cheshire’s horse racing industry will look in-depth at training and job opportunities in the industry.

This new grant builds on research which identified the importance of the equine industry to the Cheshire rural economy.
Kay Kent

The British Horse Racing Grant Scheme has awarded £52,750 to a partnership which includes lead partner Cheshire West and Chester Council, the University of Chester, University of Liverpool, Reaseheath College, Chester Racecourse Company, and local stables including Manor House Stables represented by Deva Racing.

Kay Kent, Director – Strategic Projects, in the Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (BELL) at the University of Chester, will chair the Steering Group that puts together a programme of events and initiatives designed to support the growth of the racing, bloodstock and general equine industries in Cheshire and surrounding areas.

Kay, herself a regular racegoer and enthusiastic supporter of horse racing, said: “This new grant builds on research which identified the importance of the equine industry to the Cheshire rural economy. 

“Over the next year, we will be working with CWAC’s Rural Regeneration team and other bid partners to raise the profile of racing as a career option in Cheshire.

“The BELL Faculty will be carrying out additional research into higher level skills gaps which will tie in with developments at a national level within the British Horseracing Authority.

“The project will begin with a launch to coincide with the Chester Races May meeting and events will include an industry conference on Racing in the Rural Economy. A project co-ordinator for the scheme will be based at Chester Racecourse.”

The scheme will integrate with national initiatives such as the British Horseracing Authority’s Careers in Racing programme and in doing so recognises the importance of initiatives such as Racing for Change to raise the profile of racing.

Key partner Reaseheath College will be integral in promoting racing as a career option in Cheshire and the University of Liverpool’s veterinary students will also be able to gain invaluable experience within the county’s racing and breeding establishments.

More information on the scheme can be found at www.ruralwestcheshire.co.uk, and www.britishhorseracing.com/grant_scheme