Gulfstream Park played host to 75 students over the past several weeks from West Broward High School and its unique Vet Assisting Program.
The students were given a tour of the backstretch and received information on morning training, exercise regiment, daily diet, and equipment and farrier practices. The students also visited the barns of trainer Henry Collazo and Natalie Fawkes before being brought to the paddock to meet with Dr. Robert O'Neil, Director of Equine Health and Safety for The Stronach Group.
“I was really impressed with their enthusiasm to learn about the care these animals receive and also their interest in their sport of Thoroughbred racing,” O'Neil said.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to see many of the topics we study being used in real-world applications,” said Tara Terribile of West Broward's Vet Assisting Program. “It has also given them the chance to see the many different jobs that are part of the equine industry and the important role of horses in the veterinary world.”
Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett said: “It was great seeing so many students at our facility with such a great interest in the care, health and treatment of these great Thoroughbreds. Gulfstream and The Stronach Group is committed to giving back, and we continue to expand our commitment in the local community through visits and tours like this, our American Dream Scholarship with Broward College and reading programs in local schools.”
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