At a meeting held in Guangzhou today (29 December), the Hong Kong and Guangdong Equine Industry Task Force signed the "Coordination Mechanism for Cross-boundary Transport of Equine", confirming that the new biosecurity corridor for equine transport has entered the final approval process, and conducting in-depth exchanges on the development and co-operation of the equine industry in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.


At the meeting, the Hong Kong Jockey Club signed a cooperation agreement with Guangdong Sports Vocational and Technical College to develop horse racing talents, helping the Greater Bay Area become a world-class equine sports and industry hub. Each year, the Club will recruit 15 to 25 Mainland students aged 15 to 16 who have the potential to become apprentice jockeys or cyckey trainees to nurture and nurture future racing talent.


Permanent Secretary Liu Liqun: There are more employment and development opportunities for young people in the Greater Bay Area

According to the Environment and Ecology Bureau, Hong Kong and Guangdong have been working closely together to promote the development of the equine industry in the Greater Bay Area over the past two years. The Hong Kong delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau, Liu Liqun, thanked the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Guangdong Province for its support in nurturing equine talents, promoting the professional development of equine talents in Guangdong and Hong Kong, and providing more employment and development opportunities for young people in the Greater Bay Area.

In May 2021, the Hong Kong Government and the Guangdong Provincial People's Government signed the Guangdong-Hong Kong Equine Industry Development Co-operation Agreement to set up a task force to promote the development of equine sports and related industries in the Greater Bay Area, and to support the country's equine industry to accelerate its transformation and upgrading. The meeting of the Task Force was co-chaired by Liu Zhanghui, Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Guangdong Province, and attended by representatives of relevant government departments of both sides.

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The Club will recruit Mainland junior high school students to become apprentice jockeys or cyckey trainees

The Club said it is promoting the steady development of the equine industry in the Greater Bay Area from all angles, including preparing for the regular international horse racing events to be held at Conghua Racecourse from 2026, taking forward the construction of the second phase of Conghua Racecourse, adding grandstands, stable facilities and staff accommodation facilities, as well as supporting equine talent training, veterinary professional development and equestrian sports development, so as to build a comprehensive equine industry chain in the Greater Bay Area.

At the meeting, the Club signed a cooperation agreement with Guangdong Sports Vocational and Technical College on the cultivation of horse racing talents. The two parties will jointly organise professional training courses for Mainland students aged 15 to 16 who have graduated from junior secondary school and have the potential to become trainee jockeys or cyckey trainees. The programme covers the necessary knowledge and skills of the horse racing industry, such as riding, horse management, equestrian and sports science, and incorporates elements of whole-person education, with the aim of cultivating sports talents with both ability and integrity.

The dual-track programme, which combines academic qualifications and vocational education, admits 15 to 25 students each year, and upon graduation, students will be equivalent to attaining a recognised tertiary degree in the Mainland and a Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) Level <> Horse Racing Certificate Programme. Students of Guangdong Sports Vocational and Technical College who are interested in joining the Horse Racing Talent Training Program can also participate in relevant courses after selection.

Executive Director, Horse Racing: To educate, nurture and nurture future racing talent

The Club's Executive Director of Racing, Mr Anthony Hart, said the partnership was a milestone in nurturing racing talent, and that the Club and Guangdong Sports Vocational and Technical College will integrate the equine industry into education through a school-enterprise partnership to nurture and nurture future racing talent, which will help promote the sustainable development of the horse industry in the Mainland.

The Club's Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Tam Chi-yuen, thanked the governments of both places for their long-term support for the development of equine industries in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. He said the Club was pleased to see the establishment of a co-ordination mechanism for the cross-boundary transport of horses between the two governments and the agreement in principle to establish a new biosecurity corridor, both of which will make the cross-border transport of horses safer and smoother in the future.

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