Organizations team up to educate young African American men about horse racing industry

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 1:51 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky is horse country, and one group is making sure everyone can grab the reins.

The Ed Brown Society is a non-profit focusing on exposing minorities to the many high-paying jobs in the horse racing industry. On Monday, they took a group of teens from the Black Males Working Academy on a behind the scenes look at the horse sales at Fasig-Tipton.

Ray Daniels, Greg Harbut, and Reverend Clark Williams formed The Ed Brown Society. They are living out their mission, exposing minorities to the business side of the horse industry.

Today’s lesson-- studying the muscle make-up, from the hips to hoofs, which are things to look for before buying a thoroughbred.

“Most horses, they may look the part but you can’t always go based off looks you gotta go off how it races the way it walks, you know it’s more than having an athletic build,” said Jermaine Rice with Black Males Working Academy.

While these teens are getting schooled on horses they’re also noticing these owners and trainers don’t look like them, but they say that won’t deter them from broadening their future career options.

“There’s a mold that society likes to put you in and I personally like to break those molds. I like to break the chains that other people like to impose on me, so yes, I can find it daunting but I personally find a way to don’t let the nervousness get to me,” said Noah Leverette with Black Males Working.

Harbut, who co-owned a horse in the Kentucky Derby, says he wants these young men to follow in his footsteps.

“When we were leaving I heard five or six kids say ‘I never knew anything about horses I absolutely love it and I want to be in horse racing’ and that is very rewarding,” Harbut said.

The Ed Brown Society has two more tours scheduled for the boys this week at Keeneland and WinStar Farm.

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