Educational Opportunities Seen from Racing Industry / at Osu Tech

By Walther, Aleta | THE JOURNAL RECORD, September 1, 1988 | Go to article overview

Educational Opportunities Seen from Racing Industry / at Osu Tech


Walther, Aleta, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Gamblers treat horse racing as a game and racing fans consider it a sport. Jockeys and trainers consider it a career and track managers consider it an entertainment industry.

Administrators at Oklahoma State University, however, see horse racing as big business with educational opportunities for its students.

When pari-mutuel horse racing was approved in Oklahoma, university administrators began looking at developing an equine-related degree program for the school's technical branch at 900 N. Portland Ave. Once Remington Park's location was finalized in Oklahoma City, those initial thoughts crystalized into what is now a full-fledged two-year-degree program; an associate of applied science in equine racing.

"There has been a lot of interest in this program," said Thann Boyum, DVM, project coordinator for the program. "This past semester (summer '88) we had 31 students in our Introduction to the Horse Racing Industry class and we have just started enrolling for our fall session and it's looking like it will be just as full. The other five classes we are offering are also filling fast."

Boyum, a graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, said the program will provide students with the necessary information for them to proceed into the racing industry with a strong foundation.

Courses include:

- Organization and Administration of Racing Facilities.

- Marketing Horse Racing.

- Race Track Business and Financial Management.

- Race Track Tax and Investment Concepts.

- Horse Care Management.

- Equine Housing and Facilities.

- Equine Rehabilitation.

- Racing Law.

- Racing Practicum and Internships.

"At this time," Dr. Boyum said. "the emphasis is to have the race track program be an opportunity for people in other career fields to broaden their knowledge. A lot of these students are already degreed in various fields and they are looking at intensifying their knowledge of the racing industry to help them in their particular field."

Boyum said that many of her students are professionals - accountants, attorneys, marketing and advertising representatives, computer technicians, financial consultants - that are taking the introductory class so they can increase their services to the horse racing industry.

Don Morgan, president of Equus Group, an Oklahoma City insurance agency, says he is taking Introduction to Horse Racing to improve communications with his clients.

"Some of my clients are in the horse racing or breeding industry," Morgan said. "And when they would talk to me about their businesses and insurance needs it was like a foreign language to me."

Morgan, 49, specializes in workmen's compensation and group health.

"This course has enlightened me in that I pretty much understand now what they are talking about."

Don Richardson, an independent geologist, said he was drawn to the introductory class because of all the interest Remington Park is generating.

"I recognize this (Remington Park) as a possibility of something to augment my present career," Richardson said. …

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