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Darby warns new apprentices to stay focused

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:29 AMClive Evans/Contributor
Welfare officers Ina Lawrence (second left) and Beverly Lawrence (right) with graduating class of apprentices for 2019 at a recent ceremony held at the Jamaica Racing Commission in Half Way Tree, St Andrew.
Welfare officers Ina Lawrence (second left) and Beverly Lawrence (right) with graduating class of apprentices for 2019 at a recent ceremony held at the Jamaica Racing Commission in Half Way Tree, St Andrew.

United Racehorse Trainers Association of Jamaica president Ryan Darby has warned this year’s apprentice graduation class that they must be respectful to each other at all times as they embark on their new career path.

Darby was speaking at a recent graduation ceremony which was held last Thursday at the Jamaica Racing Commission, where 19 aspiring jockeys were awarded with apprentices’ licenses.

“Being a jockey is a privileged professional position so consider yourself among the privileged and I know that many of you are eager to begin your journey,” Darby said.

“Being a jockey is a risky business and a dangerous profession, so be gentle with each other and be careful at all times. Always remain grounded, humble and don’t be fooled by the quick cash or the high life.

“Be committed and focused because this is not a nine-to-five job, so stop complaining and put in the work”.

“Never compromise your integrity at any point in time.”

Professor Kent Pantry, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, encouraged the graduates that they must always strive to be the best that they can be at all times.

“Being a jockey is a livelihood and it pays bills,” he said. “You have gotten this job so you must make use of this opportunity.

“Some of you may ply your trade abroad and you may have to do interviews, so take all theses lesson well. Conduct yourselves in a professional manner.”

Graduating apprentices:

Calvin Bailey

Richard Byrd

Mario Chong

Chad Forbes

Kawise Gentle

Akeem Grant

Richard Henry

Rojae Henry

Tanoy Henry,

Nicholas Hibbert

Richard Ingram

Shaquil McIntosh

Ramon Nepare

Oshane Nugent

Kemar Pingily

Youville Pinnock

Marshall Porter

Oshadean Robinson

Jawara Steadman