Horse Racing Ireland’s ‘Go Racing Student Society’ was launched last week at Gordon Elliott’s Cullentra House Stables in Longwood, County Meath.
Jockey Bryan Cooper joined students from UCD, DIT and Smurfit Graduate Business School to welcome the initiative and invite students to join up for 2016.
The ‘Go Racing Student Society’ will build on the growing interest in horse racing among students and create opportunities to experience the sport in greater depth, going behind the scenes at racecourses and breeding and training establishments.
Members of the ‘Go Racing Student Society’ will get an opportunity to experience racehorse ownership as the society has been made a member of the Gordon Elliott Racing Club which has four horses in training.
The first ‘Go Racing Student Society’ event will take place on February 6th at the Irish Gold Cup meeting in Leopardstown, where student members will have a chance to win a trip to day three of the Cheltenham Festival.
There will be at least one society outing per quarter which will include both educational and social events. These will include trips to trainers’ yards, studs, Irish bloodstock sales and race meetings around the country. Horse Racing Ireland will also partner with the ITBA Next Generation and arrange joint events for members of both.
Commenting on the initiative, HRI’s Marketing & Events Executive, Kate O’Sullivan said: “The ‘Go Racing Student Society’ is an excellent opportunity for students to meet like-minded people and enjoy exclusive events. I would encourage anyone with any level of interest to join the society. It is fantastic to have Gordon’s support and it will be great to follow the careers of the four club horses.”
The society is open to anyone currently in third level education. Joining the society is free and trips will be discounted. Students who are interested in joining can do so on www.goracing.ie.