Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships
Darby McCarthy Indigenous Scholarship
Indigenous youth in Victoria will have greater opportunities to progress a career in the racing industry through the Darby McCarthy Indigenous Scholarship.
Introduced in 2015, the scholarship has been developed by Racing Victoria which aims to nurture the next generation of Indigenous leaders.
Racing Victoria’s Strategic Plan for the industry identifies the need to have a diverse and inclusive industry and this scholarship is designed to reduce the barriers which some people can face in gaining employment in racing.
The scholarship has been named in honour of Darby McCarthy, one of the greatest-ever Indigenous jockeys and a long-time advocate of Indigenous participation in the racing industry.
McCarthy’s successful career as a jockey incorporated more than 1000 wins across the 1960s and 1970s including victories in a number of feature races in Melbourne such as the 1973 Group 2 VRC Linlithgow Stakes on All Shot, the 1977 Group 2 V.A.T.C. Memsie Stakes on Wave King, the 1978 Group 2 V.A.T.C. Orr Stakes and the 1978 Group 3 V.A.T.C. Carlyon Cup both on Hyperno.
At the completion of his riding career, McCarthy gained a training qualification to help Indigenous youth pursue careers in the racing industry. He is involved with mentoring indigenous students throughout Victoria who have demonstrated an interest in a career in the racing industry.
Primary School Incursion Program
The primary schools incursion program supported by Racing Victoria gives children the chance to get up close and personal with a thoroughbred horse. For many children, it is their first encounter with these magnificent animals, and one they will always remember.
Its main aim is to connect kids with horses. Our incursion engages children through an informative and interactive hour-long lesson.
The stars of the show are our horses, who interact with the children by modelling their teeth, showing off their hooves and providing all kids with the opportunity of getting up close and personal with a horse with each student being able to pat this unique animal.
The program is flexible, encourages participation and is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum.
To secure your school’s place for this free incursion, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary 'Careers in Racing' Program
The Careers in Racing Program provides secondary and higher education students with the chance to hear about the breadth and diversity of careers in the thoroughbred industry and provides the opportunity to experience first-hand industry roles with the work placement program.
The program aims to provide insights to students on the many careers available in thoroughbred racing directly from industry professionals such as jockeys, trainers, track managers and farriers. Each guest speaker covers how they got into the industry, their daily routine, career achievements, attributes of good staff and much more. Presentations are relatively informal, but clearly and concisely explain the pathways students can take to achieve their aspirations.
Students are provided with information on a range of Racing Victoria approved university/TAFE courses available to them which are relevant to their chosen path.
To secure your schools place, contact Melissa Weatherley (email@example.com)
Work experience at Racing Victoria is a week long program designed to expose students to the breadth of careers in the Racing industry. Experience includes activities in a range of departments in the RV offices as well as field experience such as, behind the scenes on race day, and an early morning at Flemington Jump outs.
Below is an example of a typical week of work experience at Racing Victoria.
- HR Welcome & Company Overview
- Integrity Services/sample lodgements
- Observation of Jockey Apprenticeship program
- Race Day Programming
- A day at the races - behind the scenes
- Customer First administration
- Possible RAD board hearing
- Tour of Flemington Racecourse
- Flemington Jumpouts with RV steward
- Administrational tasks
* Depending on the week, students may also experience other facets of the business such as the RV Community Education Programs, attend appropriate meetings or assist in other administrational task.
Work Experience is based at Racing Victoria's Head Office, 400 Epsom Road, Flemington and NOT at training/breeding stables or barns. For work experience/placement at a club or with a stable or breeder please contact them directly.
Download the Expression of Interest Application Form
Racing Victoria support a Community Education Program created to educate primary aged children about the thoroughbred horse.
This program gives children the opportunity to learn about thoroughbred horses through an interactive and engaging visit.
This free and unique incursion program is offered to primary school children in metropolitan Melbourne.
The program provides a fun-filled educational hour where children learn about horse health, anatomy and some interesting horse facts, presented by an experienced primary school teacher with content aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. The one-hour visit concludes with every child having the opportunity to pat a thoroughbred horse.
To secure your school’s place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“The visual impact was a standout against the beauty of a white horse on our green background. The kids walked out and their jaws dropped and their eyes lit up. It was absolute excitement, they gave it three cheers. It was great fun, exciting and educational. When kids go home and tell their parents things that make them wish they were back at school you’re on a winning formula. They’ll take that memory with them forever.”
- Principal, St Leo the Great Primary School
“Junior school students were treated to an engaging and informative presentation. The thoroughbred horse was the star of the incursion and the students were delighted to meet the horse. The presenters were professional and wonderful advocates for the horse. Students reflected on the experience as a positive encounter with a real-life horse. They were amazed by the size and stature and commented that the incursion will be remembered for a long time.”
- Teacher, Tintern Grammar
“For our kids out here in Altona they don’t often see horses, they may see them on TV, to see one and touch one up close, is not something they’re used to and a program like this is fantastic for our kids”
- Assistant Principal, Altona P-9 College
“It’s a terrific experience for the children, particularly in the city. To see the look on the children's faces …. I think the experience of being able to get up close and personal with a horse, such a beautiful animal and also to meet the people who are involved. It actually educates the children on looking after animals and really having patience and care can really make a difference to an animals life, so it’s been a wonderful experience
- Principal, St Raphael’s Primary School
Presentations are designed for minimal disruption to class time. Session times can vary and can be aimed towards the entire school, or a particular year level or class.
The presentations format can be customised for all individual school needs. From art to science classes, the content can be linked into the curriculum.
The Community Team
(03) 9258 4258