Industry Careers

There are many potential paths for those hoping to pursue a career in the horse and racing industries.
Career options are varied and include farm manager, veterinarian, breeder, farrier, jockey, exercise rider, hotwalker, groom, trainer, sports writer, broadcaster, and racetrack administrator, to name just a few.
Colleges and universities across the country offer degrees with various program concentrations including equine health and services, farm management, breeding and sales, riding and training, and business.
Check out our recent industry career resources and videos posted in the Education Blog below. Select “Read More” under the Education Blog to see all our Industry Careers posts throughout the season.

New Insights episodes will be posted to our blog below throughout Foal Patrol Season 5,

so come back and visit us often.

Insights is a career awareness series created by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for middle and high school students considering work in the horse or racing industries. Our recorded interviews give you the chance to gain insights into various jobs, hear diverse perspectives, and gather advice from people who work across the industry.

Insights interviews are unedited, connecting you to exactly what you would see and hear if you were asking the interview questions yourself. As you think about possible work in the industry, put yourself out there. Meet people and ask them these kinds of questions.

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This career guide, created by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, is a great resource for youth

considering work in the Thoroughbred or Standardbred industries.

Email or call 317-908-0029 to obtain a complimentary copy of the career guide. 

For more information, visit

Amplify Horse Racing is a 501(c)(3) amplifying education and careers in the Thoroughbred industry.

Visit Amplify's wesbite for videos, podcasts, industry resources, and information about Amplify's mentorship program.

The Kentucky Equine Education Project's Equine Workforce Initiative advances equine career education and the growth of the industry through workforce development.

Career Pathway documents detail various positions' education and training requirements, average pay scales, and required job experience. 

This KET Education site connects you to information on jobs in Thoroughbred care, sales, and racing.

This resource highlights internship, apprenticeship, and seasonal work opportunities, as well as college and university equine industry programs in Kentucky. 

Education Blogs

Amplify Horse Racing's Horse Racing Hangouts are once monthly virtual events that give people the opportunity to interact live with Thoroughbred industry professionals and learn about their educational journeys and careers. Horse Racing Hangouts' theme for 2022 is “How-To,” and each episode focuses on specific jobs in the Thoroughbred industry with a monthly guest who shares action points about how to gain experience for these positions and their value in the larger industry picture. There are still plenty of episodes scheduled for the year, so be sure to visit Amplify Horse Racing for more information on how you can engage. 

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Insights Episode 18 features an interview with Susan Martin, Director of Marketing for The Jockey Club Information Systems and the Blood-Horse based in Lexington, Kentucky.

One of Susan’s favorite aspects of her work: “It's an industry where people are very passionate about the horses and what they do and what the horses mean to us all.”

Hear more about Susan’s path to her current role, its responsibilities, and her advice to students considering work in the industry in this Q&A recorded in November 2021.

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Our newest Insights episode features an interview with Siobhan Gavigan, Groom and Administrative Assistant at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

Siobhan’s take on one of the challenges of her work: “It is a time commitment; it's the hardest part. Someone always has to be here. Horses don't know if it's Christmas or your birthday.” Learn more about the challenges and rewards of Siobhan’s role and her responsibilities and career path in this Q&A recorded earlier this spring.

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Insights Episode 16 features a Q&A with Zachary Crump, Farm Assistant at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Zachary’s thoughts on what led him to his current work: “Working with animals was just a big passion of mine. It kind of took off from there when I found Old Friends Farm.”

Hear more from Zachary about his role and its rewards and challenges in this interview recorded in November 2021.

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