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European Association of Racing Schools (EARS)
The European Association of Racing Schools (EARS) was established in September 2000 between the nations of Italy, Ireland, England and France.
The founder members included Derek O'Sullivan of RACE (Ireland), Jim Gale of the Northern Racing College (England), Didier Garnier of AFASEC (France) and Stefano Meli of ALFEA (Italy).
The British Racing School joined the association in 2001, and Mr Rory McDonald OBE, Chief Executive of The British Racing School is currently the President of EARS.
The German Jockey School at Cologne formally joined EARS in 2006. More countries have expressed an interest in joining the EARS family including the Czech Republic, Spain and the Scottish Racing Academy.
Its principal aims are to contribute towards developing the education and training of staff within the horseracing industry and to promote international co-operation between racing schools in the European Union.
On an annual basis there is an EARS Apprentice Race, which involves 2 riders from each member country to compete in a race in Europe. The race provides valuable experience for inexperienced apprentices to ride abroad.
The 2012 race will be held at Chantilly on the 17th June.
For more information click here to visit the EARS website.