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 togetherforracinginternational.com.
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).
“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,” said Cathal Beale, CEO of the Irish National Stud. “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.”
Additional support for Together for Racing International (TfRI):
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.”
To learn more, visit www.togetherforracinginternational.com or email: [email protected]togetherforracinginternational.com