Nine graduates received the title of “Groom Elite” on November 4, 2015 as they celebrated their completion of the nation’s only recognized horse groom certification program. The latest installment culminated in the final assessment week and graduation held at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder) as a joint job training project of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Gulfstream Park.
“Groom Elite” is an extensive 40-hour course conducted over several weeks for grooms with some job experience. It focuses important horse care skills that are essential in effective racing grooms. An introductory class is also available, as well as a “Groom Elite 201” advanced certification class, which teaches effective care for horses’ lower leg or joint injuries.