It was a $60,000 investment that grew to approximately $7 million. That investment was Zenyatta, the mare that became a fan favorite with a 19-race winning streak who went on to win the Breeder’s Cup Classic. The man who saw something in her as a yearling, bloodstock agent David Ingordo, will speak to students in the Equine Studies program at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 10. The farm is located off Leestown Rd. at 242 Locust Farm Rd.
Ingordo will discuss his career and how he achieved success in the highly competitive field. He’ll also provide an overview of the job responsibilities of bloodstock agents.
Locust Trace, which is part of Fayette County Public Schools, and the North American Racing Academy (NARA), which is part of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), offer dual credit classes to high school juniors and seniors attending Locust Trace. The Guest Speaker Forum kicked off in September with trainer Ken McPeek and additional leaders in the equine industry are being scheduled for future presentations.
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Sara Tracy (859-381-3990 ext. 30224, or firstname.lastname@example.org) at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.
Locust Trace AgriScience Farm is the newest career and technical high school in Lexington. It features spacious classrooms with adjoining labs, 6.5 acres for gardening, a state-of-the-art greenhouse with an aquaculture area for raising fish, an auditorium with a garage door for bringing in livestock and machinery, an expansive equine barn and arena and an on-site veterinary clinic. Students study in one of five programs; Intro to Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Agriculture Power Mechanics, Equine and Small and Large Animal Science.
Since its launch in 2006 NARA has seen 51 of its 82 students receive their licenses and join the equine industry workforce after preparing for careers tailored to the care, training and riding of racehorses. Twenty are currently active as professional jockeys competing at tracks across North America.
Originally launched by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, NARA is now part of BCTC and remains the most successful accredited career and training program offering one-year certificates and two-year associates degrees in support of the horse racing and breeding industries.