PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Driven To Succeed

Ashley Hentges got on a horse for the first time when she was 4 years old; and riding became a way of life.

Barbaro made her a racing fan at age ten; and a trip to Arlington Park crystallized her destiny. Hentges was going to attend the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) and set her sights toward a career with horses.

The senior is now just weeks away from starting the next phase of her journey by applying to the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program. Along the way, Hentges has been a member of the UA Equestrian Team and shows in the hunt seat discipline.

As for her most enjoyable classes, Hentges said, “I really enjoy the hands-on classes at the equine center, especially the yearling sales prep that ended with us taking our yearlings to the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ATBA) sale in Phoenix.”

In her spare time, Hentges worked at Rillito Park through the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE). In her second year working at the track, she was an entry clerk during the week, and the assisted Director of Racing Debi Ferguson in the office on race days.

“I’m very thankful to Mike [Weiss, Rillito Park General Manager] for giving me an opportunity to work in various areas of the track.”

In addition to the RTIP equine classes, Hentges has taken advantage of other opportunities the program has to offer. The annual Global Symposium on Racing, hosted by the RTIP, gives students a chance to have lunch with a mentor from the industry. One of Hentges’ fondest memories was dining with the affable Lonny Powell, head of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners Association and an RTIP alumnus.

“Having Lonny Powell as a mentor was great. He was wonderful to talk to and get to know. And he had some fantastic stories of all the jobs he’s had over the years,” said Hentges.

Another career-shaping experience came Hentges’ way in November when she was afforded the opportunity to volunteer at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. During the week she transported owners and trainers to various locations around the facility. On Friday and Saturday, she worked in the frenzied paddock directing owners to their positions near their trainers.

Ashley Hentges is living out her dream of pursuing a career in horse racing. She sets a goal and is driven to complete it. Thus far, she’s checked off everything on her list. And as soon as one goal is complete, she’s quick to set a new one. It’s a safe bet she’ll continue checking them off.

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