||Texas Racing Commission Announces Revisions
to Horse Trainer Examinations
Charla Ann King, Executive
Director of the Texas Racing Commission, announced that significant revisions
to the horse trainer examination process effective July 1. Major revisions
have been made to both the written and practical test. In conjunction
with these new tests, the Texas Racing Commission (TxRC) has published
a comprehensive study guide to assist prospective trainers in preparing
for the examination.
“An effective testing process ensures that a trainer protects
the health and safety of the racehorses and racing participants. It also
helps ensure the integrity of the sport for the wagering public,”
The changes follow an in-depth TxRC staff review of the testing process,
including assessing other states’ processes as well as getting input
from the industry. Representatives from the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership,
including Tooter Jordan, Terry Blanton, Wanda O’Banan, and Tami
Hare, participated in developing the study guide, the practical exam,
and the testing schedule. Additionally, 15 licensed trainers assisted
in conducting mock practical exams.
The revised written test covers pertinent areas of the Texas Racing
Act, Rules of Racing, general racing terms, the anatomy of a horse, trainer
responsibilities, drug testing, pari-mutuel wagering, equipment, veterinary
policies, condition books, and the claiming process. An applicant must
pass the written test before the practical exam may be taken.
The revised practical exam consists of a three-part “hands-on”
test, administered by a panel composed of a Commission Steward, a Commission
Veterinarian, and a Texas Horsemen’s Partnership representative.
The test is designed to test the prospective trainer’s hands-on
barn and horse knowledge and includes topics such as wraps, bandages,
tack, saddling, and leads. The prospective trainer must display knowledge
of Commission medication rules and labeling requirements and show a working
knowledge of the care and treatment of a horse, including examining a
horse for bucked shins, bowed tendons, thrush, and other common equine
To apply for a new trainer license, an applicant must first pass both
the written and practical exam and have horse papers on file at the racetrack.
The Race Horse Trainer Study Guide is now available at the TxRC Licensing
offices and the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership offices at all horse
racetracks and is also available on the TxRC website at www.txrc.state.tx.us.
All tests must be scheduled in advance by contacting the TxRC Licensing
Office at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Retama Park in Selma, or Sam
Houston Race Park in Houston. The tests will be administered during live
race meets at these tracks.
For more information, contact the Board of Stewards, the Licensing Office
at one of these tracks, or contact the TxRC’s Austin office at (512)