LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2024) – Amplify Horse Racing is accepting applications for the spring 2024 intake of its Mentorship Program, now through January 31. The program provides an introductory step for youth and young adults who want to learn more about the Thoroughbred industry by matching them with experienced industry professionals who can offer career guidance. The spring session will run from March 1 through May 31.
The suggested age range for mentee candidates is 15-25, with no restrictions based on academic achievement. The program is also accepting potential mentors who have over 6 years of work experience in the Thoroughbred or broader equine industry, and can meet the program’s minimum training requirements, background check, and time commitment. All applicants must be residents of the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.
Amplify will also award travel grants to outstanding mentees of 2024 who complete their intake of the program having demonstrated a strong work ethic and dedication to pursuing involvement in the Thoroughbred industry. Award recipients will have the opportunity to travel to Kentucky for a weekend of behind-the-scenes tours in November, and will be recognized at Amplify’s annual youth and young adult Thoroughbred industry networking event.
“I cannot thank Amplify enough for the opportunities they provide for those looking to get into the equine industry,” said 2021 mentee Blake Willison. “I was a recent graduate from Detroit who had no experience working with horses, yet that didn’t deter them. They paired me up with an incredible mentor who helped teach me the ins and outs of the industry; while simultaneously helping to find job opportunities that fit my background. Amplify opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed, and I owe them a ton of credit for landing my current job with Taylor Made Farm.”
About Amplify Horse Racing: Amplify Horse Racing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that amplifies Thoroughbred industry education, mentorship, and career opportunities with horse programs for youth and young adults. We create pathways to involvement for newcomers, highlight existing initiatives, and create new resources to lead the Thoroughbred industry into the future. Horse racing is called “the sport of kings,” but it isn't just a sport for the wealthy – it's a sport for everyone!