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If you’re a horse lover, you already know that grooming horses is one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences in life. And if you’re an animal lover looking for a job, but you lack experience with horses, the Manitoba HBPA may have just what you’re looking for.

A paid training program to learn how to groom racehorses!

The HBPA is now accepting applications for its second annual Groom School, a paid training program that prepares you to work with horses at the racetrack. They’re looking for motivated, reliable, hardworking horse lovers who would like to train to become a racehorse groom. No experience is required, but a positive attitude and a willingness to learn are a must.

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Applicants for the program must be 15-29 years old, but if you’re 15, you must be turning 16 this year. Sponsored by the Manitoba government’s First Jobs Fund, last year the program had 19 graduates.

The hours for the groom school training are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once the grooms enter the barn area to work with trainers, grooms are expected to work five hours a day for six days a week.

The first class of Groom School training begins on March 20. There are five people per class and there are 25 spots available. The deadline for applications is March 10, but the earlier the submission the better based on the limited number of spots.

For more information, or to apply, please email a resume along with a cover letter or summary to the attention of Shannon Dawley at [email protected]. Deadline for applications is March 10, 2023. And if you know someone who might be looking for a summer job working with horses, please share! Thank you!

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