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Together for Racing International launches to connect the world with the racehorse

Together for Racing International (TfRI) – a global alliance to promote and progress education, community engagement, and career opportunities in the thoroughbred industry – has launched the website

TfRI resulted from a 2019 education forum hosted by Godolphin in Newmarket, UK. This event gathered thoroughbred breeding, racing, and education professionals from six countries who addressed challenges to inclusion, attracting newcomers, supporting education, and workforce enrichment.

Forum attendees collaborated on a global vision and strategy to grow and sustain the thoroughbred industry. The outcome was Together for Racing International, which focuses on three pillars for development: education, community engagement, and workforce.

TfRI is a platform for connecting the world with the racehorse. The resources and inspirational content on the website will inform students, educators, parents, and industry members about available opportunities for learning and involvement. It also serves as a networking medium for countries to collaborate and support the progression of emerging programs.

TfRI is chaired by Chris Grant and developed through a network of global steering committee members from Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, and the United States. Grant was Vice-Chair of London’s ground-breaking 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy International Development Programme, International Inspiration, and has moderated several editions of the global Beyond Sport Forum.

TfRI global steering committee members represent the following educational and workforce organizations: AFASEC (FR), France Galop (FR), Godolphin (globally), Horse Racing Ireland (IRE), Irish National Stud (IRE), Kentucky Equine Talent Pipeline Project (US), North American Racing Academy (US), Racing Together (GB), The Racing Foundation (GB); and Thoroughbred Industry Careers (AUS).

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Hugh Anderson, Godolphin Managing Director, UK and Dubai “A year ago today, the international racing community united at the Godolphin Forum for Education in Newmarket and committed to ensure that racing can offer greater opportunities to educators, young people and our communities.

“From there, Together for Racing International (TfRI) has now evolved and is an organisation Godolphin is proud to support.

“The TfRI website provides a comprehensive view of the fantastic initiatives already in place globally and is an enormous step towards achieving our aim of engaging with young people and encouraging them to work in our wonderful sport.”

John Gosden, world-renowned racehorse trainer “Horses and people have always had a symbiotic relationship from early civilisations. As participants in our sport and the breeding industry, it is our duty to continue to encourage and expand the human connection with the thoroughbred. We are stewards of the animal at its centre, and it is our mission, and truly a privilege, to support initiatives like TfRI, linking up internationally to promote horse racing and breeding – and the horse itself – to the world.”

Annise Montplaisir, TfRI Project Manager “There is such a vast array of positive initiatives happening in the horse racing industry around the world. But awareness is key, and unless we publicize the amazing impact so many programs are having, they risk going unnoticed. A resource like TfRI has the ability to connect industry newcomers with learning experiences, inspire educators to try new curriculums, and encourage communities to look at how their local racetracks and breeding farms are giving back.”

Myles Foreman, CEO, Racing Australia “Racing Australia is working closely with the Principal Racing Authorities and industry via a national working group to support objectives of TfRI, and welcomes the launch of the TfRI website.”

Olivier Delloye, General Manager, France Galop “Born out of a shared vision and supported by Godolphin, with the goal of promoting careers in racing, TfRI is an international network of countries who share the same passion for the horse and for the sport of racing. Mobilised for their future, and associated with the work of France Galop and the AFASEC within the framework of this partnership, all the stakeholders in the French industry are working together to redefine a new development model to ensure the future sustainability of the industry.”

Rob Hezel, Chief Executive, The Racing Foundation “The Racing Foundation is delighted to have been involved with this work and excited about the launch of the web-site and the impact it can have. We are already seeing the benefits of the Godolphin inspired focus on community and engagement activity in the UK and hope that inspiring this work internationally will support and enhance national efforts so racing is seen as a valued contributor to society globally.”

Cathal Beale, CEO, Irish National Stud “As our industry, our communities and our economy recover from the challenges of 2020, it’s fantastic to be able to draw on the whole world of inspiration and learning that can be accessed through TfRI. We’re proud to be part of this ground-breaking collaborative effort. We look forward to even more great programmes and initiatives being shared, and to more countries coming on board.”

Erin Crady, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America “TfRI is a global connector designed to educate people about the many programs and initiatives within the worldwide thoroughbred industry. It is inspiring to see the efforts in education and community engagement, as well as the various career opportunities within our industry.”