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Managing the Course

Responsible for the management of race tracks, a racecourse manager is employed by the relevant race club.  When it comes to racing days, they are responsible for making sure that the track provides a fair and safe racing surface.  Generally experience or qualifications are related to horticulture to be able to carry out this role effectively.

Adam Ayre, Muswellbrooke racecourse manager said of his position that the “job involves maintenance of everything at the track, apart from the building housing the offices and members stand.”

Think of any racecourse – but perhaps one of the larger courses – that offers flat racing and steeple chases or a course that perhaps offers dirt and turf racing and accommodates trainers and their horses all year round.

The turf track at Chantilly, France.

The standard of surfaces provided for racing and training are the responsibility of the course manager and needs to be in the best possible shape year round for the safety of the equines that race and exercise on it and aesthetically pleasing to those that come to view these races.

Perhaps you have a goal to in the future be responsible for the likes of a country or city racecourse in your area.  It’d be worth checking out the tracks around you and keeping an eye on possibilities for employment that could get you into the industry and able to go from there.

Some links worth considering:
http://www.britishracecourses.org/ – lists the 61 racecourses in Britian and provides links to each of these.
http://www.racecoursemanagers.org.au/ – established in 2004, an association for Australian Racecourse Managers.
http://www.zerace.com/savoir/gerant.aspx – multiplayer simulation game on the management of virtual horse racing.  Test out being a racecourse manager.
http://www.sterilineracing.com/ – Article on 2008 Australian Racecourse Management Scholarship.
http://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/ – Open Polytech in New Zealand offers a couple of courses focused on Sports Turf Management.
http://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/ – Golf and Sports Turf Management at Sparsholt College, Hampshire.
http://www.iog.org/training-horse.asp – Horse Racing course at the Institute of Groundmanship
http://www.sportsturf.com.au/ – Sports Turf Consultants, Australia.

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