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Korean horsemanship students pass the winning post in Australia
For the second year, students from Korea have had the opportunity to travel to Australia to learn more about our Thoroughbred racing industry to further their skills and knowledge of thoroughbreds and the racing industry.
“We were delighted to again be a part of making this opportunity a reality for the eager students of Seogwipo High School,” said Manager Education and Training (Statewide) for Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, Mr Roger Desailly.
Thoroughbred pre-training within the Australian racing industry was the focus of the vocational study program, with students completing four weeks of English language learning followed by two weeks of hands-on horse skills training at Kenallywood Stud, located at Coleychelle Farm, Mutdapilly, in conjunction with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.
At the graduation ceremony Mr Desailly reflected, “this was a fantastic program 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.”
In addition to racehorses, students were able to 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.
Miss Holly Perrin, QATC Instructor and Coleychelle Part Owner explained “the students took part in many activities around the farm including riding, grooming and stable duties. Being in October, the students witnessed handling foals, mare ultrasounds, inseminations, X rays and swabbings. Due to the versatility of the farm many different breeds were available for the students to handle including Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, Australian Stock horses and riding ponies.”
The partnership between Korean High Schools 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.
For more information, contact Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges on 1800 888 710 or visit our website www.qatc.edu.au.