Get on track with professional training for a career working with horses. Our programs can lead to a position as a jockey, horseman or racing official.

The BCTC Equine Program and the North American Racing Academy (NARA) began in 2006 and is the first and only accredited community college-based racing school in the U.S.  NARA trains excellent exercise riders and professional jockeys, licensed grooms, assistant trainers, trainers, breeding farm managers and other workers skilled in the care and training of the racehorse. 

To date, former NARA students in the jockey pathway have won over 3,000 races and over $35 million in purses, and those in the horseman pathway work at top racing stables and breeding farms in North America. Over 80 percent of jockey and horseman graduates are placed in internships and/or full-time work in the horse.

In addition to training at the academy, many classes are offered online for convenience to more students in the U.S. and overseas. 
Please do not hesitate to call us at (859) 246-6667 or email  

The Equine Studies program will prepare students for a career as an equine professional such as jockey, horseman, or racing official. Students will learn basics of horse care; principles and techniques for riding as it relates to racehorse exercise, requirements for advancing to a professional jockey career; anatomy and physiology of horses; and life skills necessary for a successful career in the Equine industry.

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