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the QHRIDP can be found on the Quarter Horse section of the Ontario Racing Com- mission website at www.ontarioracing- or contact: Sandy Anthony Program Coordinator 416-213-0520

Ajax Downs hires “New Track Man” Ajax Downs is pleased to announce that Mr. Brian Jabelmann has joined the

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management team in the capacity of Maintenance Manag- er effective February 6, 2012.

Mr. Jabelmann brings over 25 years of racetrack maintenance experience in both Canada and the United States and is regarded in the racing industry as one of the most knowledgeable in this field. Most recently, Mr. Jabelmann served in a similar capacity at Fort Erie Race- track.

“We are thrilled to have Brian join our management team here at Ajax Downs”, Nick Coukos, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, was quoted as saying. “ The hiring of Brian Jabelmann reconfirms the commitment we have on continuing to be Canada’s Premier Quarter Horse Track. Live racing is the business we are in for many years to come and Brian will help us ensure that we achieve our goal of providing the highest quality of live racing to our current and future customers.”

The new Ajax Downs is now entering its fourth year of live racing at its new state of the art facility in Ajax Ontario. Live racing is scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday beginning May 13, 2012 through to September 30, 2012. Post time will be at 12:55 pm. Please direct any inquiries relating to live racing to the attention of Nick Coukos at 905-686-8001 x 257

In Phase Two, students are assisted in finding entry-level employment to accumulate six months of work experi- ence (based on a 35 - 40 hour work week).

Phase Three, “Groom One Online”, is set to begin May 21, 2012 and runs for three months. The CD based units are complemented by online discussions & presentations with industry mentors. The six units include: The Horse, Horse Han- dling, Horse Care, Nutrition, Manage- ment, and the Racing Community. Phase Four, the “Learning Assess- ment”, completes the certification process with a demonstration of skills and knowl- edge.

Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph “The Groom One Certificate will prepare newcomers to the horse industry for their role as a groom by providing the necessary combination of experience and education to be successful.”

Equine Guelph is proud to be host- ing the orientation session on behalf of the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Indus- try Development Program. The Pathway Program includes employer wage subsi- dies if you are employed in the Quarter Horse racing industry, and the potential for you to earn a bursary bonus and tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the Groom One Certificate. Students who complete the two-day Ori- entation session on March 30 & 31 are eligible to become Pathway Students and benefit from the Pathway to Employment and Education Program. Details of the program can be found at www.ontariorac- x?id=382#Pathways

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