What they achieved
In late 2016, five students from the highly respected Korea Horseman High School spent 12 weeks in South East Queensland learning about the Australian thoroughbred racing industry. This new vocational study program was coordinated by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.
The students, from Namwon (about 300km south of Seoul), took part in a thoroughbred pre-training program at Coleychelle Farm, Mutdapilly. The program gave them an in-depth understanding of Australia’s horse-racing industry, and credit towards a Certificate III in Agriculture and a Certificate of Participation in Essential Skills for the Racing Industry.
It also allowed them to forge racing industry connections that will benefit their future careers and strengthen relationships between equine industries in Queensland and Korea.
How they did it
The students began their visit with a four-week English language course, then moved on to a four-week study program that combined hands-on learning and interaction with a range of horses. Their final four weeks were spent on work experience, learning about thoroughbred handling, welfare, tack maintenance and stable duties.
In addition to racehorses, students worked with Australian stockhorses, riding ponies, warmbloods and rescue horses.
The partnership between the students’ school and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges was facilitated by Smart Career Centre with help from TIQ.