About the Racecourse Manager Certification Program
The Racecourse Manager Certification Program is newly launched series of continuing education programs for horse industry professionals. It was developed through a partnership between the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory. "Turfgrass as an Equine Sports Surface" is the first certification in the program.
"Turfgrass as an Equine Sports Surface" consisted of three live webinars in June 2021. The sessions had over 13 national and international speakers, all experts in their fields. The webinars were recorded and split into invidual videos for ease of use, resulting in over 20 videos. All video content can be watched for free on the UK Ag Equine Programs YouTube channel or by using the links below.
Certification by University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky will be administering the certification program for Turfgrass as an Equine Sports Surface. The fee for the certificate is $50, and email notification will be sent when the testing portion for the certificate launches in July. Please note that the $50 fee covers material for all three days. Anyone who is taking the certificate test will have access to all videos.
Sign up to receive email updates about the Racecourse Manager Certification Program here. You will receive information about upcoming continuing education programs for racing and equine professionals, deadlines, zoom links, detailed agendas, etc.
If you have specific concerns or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racecourse Manager Certification Program: "Grader School"
Mark your calendar: The Racecourse Manager Certification Program: Grader School is the second continuing education program in the series. Grader School is a limited-enrollment, competitive program that will launch for selected individuals in September.
The Racecourse Manager Certification Program: Turfgrass as an Equine Sports Surface has been generously supported by John Deere. Other sponsors include Duralock, Horsemen’s Track and Equipment, Inc., and Equinox Racing.
Introduction and motivation for talks
|Jamie Richardson, Churchill Downs||N/A|
|1.2||Video: Cool Season Grass Selection||Mike Goatley, Ph.D., and Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D.||Presentation|
|1.3||Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D.||Presentation|
|1.4||Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D., and Logan Freeman||Presentation|
|1.5||Video: Cool Season Turf Maintenance||Michael D. Boekholder||Presentation|
|1.7||Turfgrass selection to match the racing/competition season Video: Panel discussion||Panel discussion led by Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D.||N/A|
|2.1||Video: The why and where of racetrack aeration and repair||Pendergest||N/A|
|2.2||Video: Turfgrass aeration – why, how, when||
|2.3||Video: How often in practice, lessons from Del Mar, Woodbine, Fair Grounds and Churchill||Dickenson, Pendergest and Gault||N/A|
|2.4||Video: John Deere R&D: Tractors selection (100 hp with creep), tires and tow versus 3-pt||John Deere||N/A|
|2.5||Video: Topdressing and surface maintenance. What can you add or use to eliminate wear and divots? Why pick one thing over another?||Rinehart, Freeman||Presentation|
|2.6||Video: Divot mix, germinating seed and the use of cutouts||Pendergest and Rogers||N/A|
|2.7||Video: Selection of cultivation equipment||Goatley and Guertal||Presentation|