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Korean horsemanship students off and racing to Australia

Students from the highly respected Korea Horseman High School are eagerly awaiting their chance to travel to Australia to learn more about our Thoroughbred racing industry.

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between Korea Horseman High School and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges will see Korean students heading to south-east Queensland as soon as October this year.

"We are delighted to be a part of making this opportunity a reality for the eager students of Horseman High School," said Executive Director of Education and Training at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, Kayci Delaney.

Thoroughbred pre-training within the Australian racing industry is the focus of a new vocational study program, with students completing four weeks of hands-on learning followed by work experience placement. Training will take place chiefly at Kenallywood Stud, located at Coleychelle Farm, Mutdapilly, in conjunction with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

"This is a fantastic prospect for all involved – students, instructors, and the equine sector. We hope it will foster plenty of industry support, to provide these students with the best possible outcome in terms of their experiences, and in forging racing industry connections for their future careers," said Ms Delaney.

In addition to racehorses, students will interact with Australian Stock Horses, Riding Ponies, warmbloods, and a range of other horses during the program – Kennallywood Stock Horse Stud and an equine rehabilitation centre are also run from Coleychelle. This will offer students a glimpse into the wider equine industry as well, including breeding and foaling out, breaking in, and rehabilitation.

The partnership between Korea Horseman High School and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges was facilitated by Smart Education & Training Australia (trading as Smart Career Centre), with assistance offered by Trade Investment Queensland to continue to progress the scope of the program. Representatives of each organisation were present at the signing, also taking the time to tour Coleychelle's facilities and meet some of the equine residents.

Coleychelle is a multipurpose equine facility owned and operated by Ken "Slim" Perrin, Holly Perrin and Alison Hall-Perrin. With services comprising Thoroughbred pre-training, training, racing, spelling, and agistment the visiting students will be well placed to gain a thorough understanding of the horse racing industry in Australia.

For more information contact Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges on 1800 888 710.


Pictured L-R: Wei He Matthews (Trade Investment Queensland), Holly Perrin (Kenallywood Stud), Eric Lee (SETA/SCC), Alison Hall-Perrin (Kenallywood Stud), Heesoo Lee (Korea Horseman High School), Kayci Delaney (Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges), John Wooderson (Rural Training Queensland), Kym Wessling (Rural Training Queensland), Rohini D'Souza (Trade Investment Queensland).

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