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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Conquering The Butterflies

As the gallop field at the back of the Thoroughbred Center brightens from brown to green, students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory Racehorse Riding Skills class are also coming to life. A couple of weeks after midterms, it’s clear the students have entered a new phase of their training. They’ve transitioned from jogging […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine students in the North American Racing Academy, and none of them is feeling especially confident. Eighty hours of class time, and many […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not “if” that first (or next) fall will come, it’s “when.” It’s also important, as the old saying goes, to get right […]

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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Only The Strong Will Survive

This week, the Paulick Report launches a new biweekly multimedia series following the students in the North American Racing Academy’s Racehorse Riding Skills class. The class began in mid-January, and by its conclusion in May, students will have gone from learning to properly tack a horse to galloping a Thoroughbred in an open field. We will […]

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