Every athlete aspires that his/her talent is recognized globally and to reap the best possible opportunity to make it count. The JAI has provided such an opportunity to their Members by piloting the first ever International Recruitment drive in collaboration with the Seoul Race Course Trainers Association (SRTA), South Korea.
The South Korean Delegation of Mr Kenny Seo, General Affairs Director & Mr Jae-Yun Seo, Secretary General was hosted in India by the JAI from October 15, 2019 until October 18, 2019 to conduct screening of jockeys applied for the position of Track Riders at their centre.
Over 20 candidates were interviewed on the first day and their track work was assessed the following morning.
The Korean delegation was positive about the potential of our riders and have signed an Agreement /MOU with the JAI on October 17, 2019 to continue the relationship for the years to come by recruiting riders on a regular basis from India.
SRTA, General Affair Director Mr Kenny Seo was enthusiastic about developing a long term partnership with the Jockeys Association of India. “We are delighted to be here in India and found a lot of talented riders. We are looking forward to developing a long lasting partnership with JAI and also continue to recruit more jockeys/ track riders for our Centre in the future”. He added, “I must thank JAI for being a terrific host and making our stay a comfortable one. We are looking forward to hosting delegates from JAI very soon.”
JAI President Mr P S Chouhan was equally elated with the positive response from SRTA and thanked the Korean delegates for making the trip to India for the recruitment drive. “We thank Kenny Seo and Jae-Yun Seo for making the trip to India to recruit our Members for placements in Seoul. We will ensure that JAI and SRTA will work towards a long term partnership, which would benefit both of us. JAI has always worked towards the welfare of our jockeys and this initiative is the beginning of many more such recruitment drives from other Racing Clubs as well.”
JAI President Mr P S Chouhan also thanked the BTC Officials for extending their support towards the smooth conduct of the selection process.
Considering this the best possible benchmark for Indian Riders to elevate their careers overseas, the JAI and the riding fraternity in India believe many other countries will oversee the potential of our riders and such recruitment drives will happen more often.
It is noted that JAI has embarked on a mission to make similar arrangement with other Racing Centres in the world to provide jockeys track riders. This will ensure the jockeys who are deprived of rides in India have an opportunity to earn a decent living by providing their services overseas.