Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) was established in 1973 as a social project to offer support to young racing apprentices and has gradually evolved over more than forty years to become the national training academy for the Irish horseracing industry offering courses for jockeys, stable staff, racehorse trainers, breeders and others involved in the thoroughbred sector.
RACE is a not-for-profit educational initiative and registered charity supported by various State agencies and the racing industry.
An attractive campus has been developed on the edge of the Curragh plains in Kildare which serves as a hub for the industry and, in addition to extensive training facilities, houses several of racing’s representative bodies and the Irish School of Farriery.
Their trainee jockey programme has achieved outstanding success over more than 35 years with many successful graduates making their mark in the global racing industry. An emphasis on the all-round development of each person is reflected in the motto ‘Training for today – educating for tomorrow’.
With extensive experience of delivering international training programmes to learners from more than thirty countries, RACE has become an international centre of excellence for the racing industry and an important element in the drive to promote Ireland as a world leader in the equine sector.