Just Horsing Around
If your looking for an exciting and lucrative career change, why not enroll in America's very first Jockey College?
A two-year college-level school for jockeys will begin training its first class of 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park this fall under the direction of Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron.I wonder what type of pre-requisite courses one would need in order to be accepted?
The North American Racing Academy, the first school of its kind in the United States, will be affiliated with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
KCTCS will bestow associate degrees requiring about 60 hours of college credits on academy graduates.
"I can tell you the Kentucky Horse Park is so very proud to be the home of this academy," Horse Park executive director John Nicholson said yesterday during the official announcement of the program.
State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, also presented McCarron with a symbolic check for the $300,000 in seed money approved by the 2006 General Assembly for the academy.
Thayer also thanked Gov. Ernie Fletcher "for not vetoing this project" in a series of recent vetoes intended to reduce state spending.