Connecting Horse Racing Fans of Color to Equine Internship

Two students, Deja Robinson, and Charles Churchill received the initial internships at a Florida horse racing track provided through a collaboration between The Stronach Group horse racing company 1/ST.

“I am looking forward to just the broad exposure that we’ll have to a lot of different aspects of the industry,” said Robinson, Senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in equine science.

Robinson is interested in the veterinary science aspect of the industry. An area, she hasn’t seen a lot of people who look like her.

“I always loved animals. I was the child that brought home stray cat stray dogs and forced my uncle to bring a horse to my birthday party. And since then, I just knew I loved horses. Especially through riding, they were able to teach me a lot about myself as a person and just being patient understanding,” said Robinson.

Robinson says she fell in love with the culture of horses and the power that they have to bring all types of people together.

Churchill is also a senior at the University of Kentucky. His goal is to work on the business side of horse racing…

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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