Groom Elite Class Slated for Prairie Meadows

The five-day class runs April 18-22.

Iowa HBPA

The Iowa HBPA is co-sponsoring a Groom Elite class for Prairie Meadows.

The Iowa Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in conjunction with the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and Prairie Meadows Racetrack, is holding a Groom Elite Class 99 that will bring in local people to help fill groom positions.

The five-day class will begin April 18 and conclude on April 22. Upon the class' completion, the HBPA will have a list of names, telephone numbers, and a short evaluation on every class participant. The HBPA office will have a list of people who are interested in working as grooms.

Prairie Meadows' Thoroughbred meet opens April 28 and runs through August 13. The track's American Quarter Horse meet starts August 20.

"Groom Elite uses established best practice techniques for grooms and hot walkers on the backside,"  said Iowa HBPA executive director Jon Moss. "The class cannot teach everything a groom or hot walker will ever encounter, but it does give them the very basics of working on the track so that trainers can then go on to teach grooms their own particular work practices.

"Many of the signed-up individuals have horse experience; they simply need to be exposed to the racetrack environment to see if this is something they would be interested in doing as a potential groom or hot walker," Moss added. 

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