Kilmore lad Ryan Bates gallops to success at prestigious jockey training programme
A young jockey from Wexford was among 28 young people graduated from the SOLAS / KWETB Trainee Jockey programme at the Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) recently and most are proceeding to take up immediate employment in the industry.
Ryan Bates from Kilmore was among the group who successfully completed the ten-month residential programme and were presented with their certificates by RACE chairman John Oxx at a ceremony on the Kildare campus.
This year's graduates received a FETAC Level 4 award in Horsemanship (Racehorse Care & Riding). In addition, 22 of the trainees achieved a bronze Gaisce award by completing all four elements of the personal achievement programme including charity fund-raising and a 50km overnight hike in the Slieve Bloom mountains.
Cheques for €1,000 each were presented by trainees to their two nominated charities - Irish Injured Jockeys and Mental Health Ireland - arising from their fund-raising efforts over the year, which included a sponsored run on the Curragh in May.