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Here are a few photos of the Graduating Groom Elite Class of 2024 Lunch. Congratulations to all Graduating Class! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
Groom Elite Program Returns to Gulfstream Park!After being shelved since the covid outbreak in 2020-2021, the highly successful Groom Elite Program has returned. Mainstays of the backstretch, grooms spend more time caring for their horses than the owners, trainers, veterinarians, and exercise riders combined. The program consists of Elite 101 or “intermediate grooming”, and Elite 201 for “advanced grooming”. Classes are presented in both English and Spanish.The Groom Elite Program allows for both classroom and hands on study into the basic care of the thoroughbred. They learn horse behavior,health, conformation, feeding and digestive systems down to simple bandaging and tacking. Top grooms learn to take pride in overseeing the horses in their care, creating a trust and a happy horse walking tall into the winner’s circle.Certified grooms increase their value as an asset to the team, and the Elite Program’s ten days of classes lead to assessment days,examinations, and finally a graduation certificate and a small stipend for their efforts. The certification satisfies HISA’s stable area worker continuing education requirements.The Elite program is taught by C. Reid McLellen, PHD. The current class are completing their tasks this week and will be honored with a winner’s circle presentation on Wednesday. Those interested in future classes can contact FTHA Executive Director Herb Oster in the new FTHA office building located near the racing office.Trainers are urged to recommend that their employees consider taking these classes to elevate their knowledge, and provide future opportunities for them. Sign up today! 🐎 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
Congratulations to the 2024 Groom Elite Graduates! Gulfstream Park ... See MoreSee Less
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Behind the scenes of Florida Thoroughbred racing is a vibrant, often unseen world known as the “backstretch.”  It’s created by hundreds of independent businesses—both large and small.  Through the labor-intensive, long-term and high-dollar financial investment required to get a young Thoroughbred ready for competition, horse owners and trainers create thousands of jobs that drive over $1 billion a year through Florida’s economy—from breeding and buying, to training and campaigning.