Ahead of the 2022 Pegasus World Cup, 1/ST is announcing a multi-year partnership with the Ed Brown Society, including a paid internship program for African-American students. Founded by Living the Dream Racing & Stables and led by respected industry connections Greg Harbut and Ray Daniels, the Ed Brown Society celebrates African Americans’ rich history in the equestrian industry and creates opportunities for young people of color to gain exposure in the industry, training, and experience through internships and scholarships.
The $150,000 multi-year pledge made by 1/ST will cover all costs associated with the paid internship program, enabling the Ed Brown Society to identify, recruit and place qualified minority students from both historically black colleges and universities and predominantly white institutions. Chosen interns will be compensated and all housing and travel costs will be covered as part of the program. The Ed Brown Society will provide lasting direction to the interns as they progress into permanent professional placements.
The first two interns will start their internship at 1/ST Racing this spring Gulfstream Park. This joint internship program offers African American students the opportunity to learn more about the Thoroughbred horse racing industry while working alongside members of the experienced 1/ST team.
“1/ST is delighted to be the Ed Brown Society’s first industry partner. We are impressed with the organization and Living the Dream Stables’ commitment to racing as a whole and increasing diversity in particular. We look forward to working together to work with Ray, Greg and the rest of their team in the coming years,” said Jason Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST Content
“As a third-generation rider and one of the industry’s few African-American professionals, I’m extremely excited about the work of the Ed Brown Society and delighted that 1/ST has joined us to further our mission said Ed Brown Society president Greg Harbut, whose great-grandfather was the groom of the world-famous Thoroughbred Man O’ War.
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The introduction of the first interns and recognition of the partnership between 1/ST and the Ed Brown Society will take place as part of the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Kick-Off Celebration taking place Thursday, January 27 at the Historic Ward Room House and Red Rooster in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood with D-Nice, Darin Atwater, and the Soulful Symphony.
In addition to the internship program, 1/ST will partner with the Ed Brown Society to host “Ed Brown Race Days” at 1/ST Racing locations in California, Florida and Maryland to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, including for the Breeders ‘ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In at Santa Anita.
The Ed Brown Society is named in honor of Edward Dudley Brown. Born a slave in Lexington, Dudley Brown went on to become one of the most accomplished riders in Thoroughbred horse racing history. Founded by Living The Dream Racing & Stables, Greg Harbut and Ray Daniels also promoted minority participation in the industry through their respective ownership interests in the 2020 Kentucky Derby runner, Necker Island.
For more information about 1/ST and the Pegasus World Cup, visit www.1st.com and www.pegasusworldcup.com.