horse racing education

PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘The Industry Is Changing, Not Dying’

Florida native Mitch Gerson has much more experience in the horse racing industry than his 24 years would indicate. He has worked for multiple trainers, including Charles Simon, Todd Pletcher, and Kiaran McLaughlin. Gerson has also filled many roles during each of his four Rillito Park race meets. Starting as a timing and photo finish […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Great ‘Triple Crown On The Radio’ Story

Growing up in a military family, Taylor Owens has moved all over the country. When she was only eight years old, she visited Prairie Meadows in Iowa to see her uncle’s horse run. From that visit, she knew she wanted a career as a racehorse trainer. When she was old enough, Owens spent summers learning […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Fresh Eyes, Fresh Ears, And Enthusiasm’

Tucson native Claudia Alvarez is seeking her second bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona through the Race Track Industry Program. Her first degree is in Visual Communications, with an emphasis on graphic design and illustration. At the time of her first graduation, she had still not been bitten by the racing bug. Since entering […]

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Jockey Club Announces Winners Of Academic Scholarships For 2018-19

The Jockey Club announced today that Brianna Vitt has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Scholarship and Jacqueline Schumacher has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship. The Jockey Club Scholarship provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university and […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Proper Introduction

It’s amazing how the proper introduction to horse racing can set a person on a journey they never expected. Add Nina Nez to that list of people. While pursuing a degree in equine science at the University of Arizona, Nez took a class called Introduction to the Animal Racing Industry. She was quickly intrigued by […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Cowboy Up!

Jayson Campbell is a real cowboy. And he wears his nickname of “Cowboy” with pride. The Safford, Ariz., native has been on the back of a horse most of his life and has competed in events from rodeo to jumping. So, it was no surprise that he jumped at the opportunity to be a morning […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Where Will The Horses Take Him?

From an early age, Christopher Chatters saw horseracing through the eyes of his racing family, spending many early mornings with his uncles Maynie and Benard, both trainers in the family’s native Louisiana. During the six-week Rillito Park winter meet, he saw racing through a camera lens high atop the first turn of the Tucson racetrack […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Roaming Rillito

When entering the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Kietzecume Garcia’s original goals were to own, train and breed racehorses. But as he has worked his way through the curriculum, he has come to realize the many moving parts that make up racetrack operations. Garcia has been able to get hands-on experience in various […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Reaching Out To Newcomers

Zachary Taylor, a senior within the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, caught the racing bug in an interesting way. While working in the electrical supply industry in his hometown of Fayetteville, Ark., he took customers to Oaklawn Park as part of an annual appreciation weekend. Taylor didn’t have much exposure to racing up […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Looking To ‘Fulfill’ Her Dreams

Morgan Edwards’ family has long been involved with the racing industry. Her love for the sport started as a young girl when she helped her dad select the horses on which to place his wagers. Eventually, her family got involved in horse ownership through racehorse partnerships as well as breeding stock. However, what really started […]

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