The Elite Program, Inc., home of the Groom Elite national groom certification program, is presenting C. Reid McLellan, PhD and his Trainers’ Exam Prep Class August 15-17 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. McLellan, one of the original writers and national instructor of Groom Elite 101, the racing industry’s only national groom certification program, is a respected and engaging educator that has been teaching people about horses for over 40 years. McLellan, a participant on the Welfare and Safety of Racehorse Summit’s committee that wrote the current National Trainers Exam, founded an award winning BS degree Equine Program at Louisiana Tech University that was honored when one of its first graduates, Keith Desormeaux, saddled a classic winner in the 2016 Preakness. McLellan’s Trainers’ Exam Prep class is an intensive 20 plus hours of information about the Rules of Racing, including material covered on both the barn and written portions of a trainer’s licensing exam. In addition to individuals considering taking a racehorse trainer’s licensing exam to be licensed as either a trainer or assistant trainer, owners or horseplayers that want to know more about the Rules of Racing are encouraged to attend.
Rules of Racing differ from state to state and this class points out those important differences. Claiming rules are undergoing major changes in some jurisdictions. Drug rules and regulation uniformity is a goal of the racing industry, but it is important that trainers (and owners) understand the significant differences that still exist, even among major racing jurisdictions.
Registration fee after August 12th is $350 and includes a 110-page study guide, refreshments and lunch each day, a ROAP produced DvD “Duties of Racing Officials”, a CD with narrated power point study guides and a link to a private web page where attendees can take practice written tests. New to the 2016 class materials is a section of racehorse handling videos that reinforce the written materials. Participants that register by July 31 get to pay a special “Early Bird” registration fee of $299; those that register between August 1 and August 12 pay $329. Class size is limited to 12 so early registration is suggested.
For more information and to register for the August 15-17 Trainers’ Exam Prep Class in at Remington Park, go to www.purplepowerracing.com or call Dr. McLellan at 859-321-4377.