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“The Explorer Program is the best initiative Arrowfield has ever supported,” said industry leader John Messara AM with applications open for the TIC Explorer Cadetship in 2022.

“Because of its exceptional value to the industry and the immensely positive impact it has on the lives and aspirations of young people who want to work with thoroughbreds.”

The 12-month program in stud and stable horsemanship and industry training, Thoroughbred Industry Careers has Explorer Cadetship as the only entry-level educational program of its kind.

In quickly cementing its place as the pre-eminent pathway in Australia, it provides training in both breeding and racing sectors, giving a holistic view into one of Australia’s largest industries.

Cadets begin with 3-month ‘boot camp of theory and practical learning’ while living at WSU’s Hawkesbury Campus, followed by a 9-month paid work placement with leading employers.

Again, it’s the Australian Turf Club, Godolphin, Chris Waller Racing, Arrowfield Stud, McEvoy Mitchell Racing, Lindsay Park Racing, Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse who are TIS stakeholders.

An avid supporter from the outset, Godolphin Managing Director Vincent Cox is still excited by the growth of the program and its provisions to the industry’s long-term staff shortage crisis.

“Despite our size and contribution to this country’s economy, our industry was, and still is, in need of a program like the Explorer Cadetship in opening the doors and attracting new people.”

“I continue to be amazed by the calibre, enthusiasm and skills of program participants, whether they have industry experience before starting or they’ve come in as a complete newcomer.”

As an employer, it is comforting to know that thanks to their experiences with the program, we’re getting a well-rounded employee who also appreciates the fantastic opportunities.”

Conducted by founder Lindy Maurice, TIC is a not-for-profit organisation that funds the cadetship program, and since 2019 some 90 students have completed TIC with an 89% success rate.

Developed to fill a marketplace gap, the TIC aims to provide a centralised platform to promote racing and breeding industry careers options and to facilitate best practice education pathways.

“Our industry has been in desperate need of highlighting the career opportunities available within it for some time now,” said Australian Hall of Fame horse trainer Chris Waller.

“The work of TIC and the Explorer Cadetship Program goes a long way to bridging that gap. My participation with the program has had a big impact on our stable in a very short time.”

2021 Program graduate Bella Anderson completed her work placement with auction house Magic Millions and was recently recruited by as a Mounting Yard Analyst and Presenter.

“Through the Explorer Cadetship Program, I’ve had the incredible experience of working at one of Australia’s biggest horse auctions and my newest adventure in Melbourne.”

GSSSA Newcomer Award winner Jack Cripps is Sales and Syndication Manager at McEvoy Mitchell Racing, Leigh Allen is Communications with Ciaron Maher Racing and Kaitlyn Summers being Foaling Manager at Bellerive Stud.

“The TIC program is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get a solid grounding in the racing industry,” said trainer Annabel Neasham, “as we recently had one cadet, Amy.”

“Amy was a great asset to the team, and it was incredibly rewarding to be able to give her the exposure of what life is like in a racing stable, which will help her, in the long run, decide which area of the industry she would like to focus on.”

“I am a big supporter of what TIC has set out to achieve for the betterment and longevity of racing, and we are supporting them by donating 10% of every ANR merchandise sale that we make.”

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