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$50,000 MRC Melbourne Polytechnic Rider Scholarship announced

06 Sep 2016

Melbourne Polytechnic is pleased to announce that Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) Foundation is funding a $50,000 scholarship for female track riding hopefuls in a landmark new program in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic.

The MRC Foundation Melbourne Polytechnic Rider Scholarship aims to raise awareness of the opportunity and drive uptake of careers in track riding for women. The scholarship will support accredited training and provide equipment for eight to twelve experienced riders wanting to take the step into racing.

Recipients will undertake the Certificate III in Racing (Track Rider) at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Northern Lodge Stud in Eden Park from the beginning of September.

According to Program Mentor, jockey Talia Rodder, the value of the new program lies not only in attracting key female talent to the track, but in shining a light on the increasing pool of female talent already in the industry.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of female apprentices and track riders over the past two to three years, it just hasn’t translated into more female representatives in our Group 1 races,” Mrs. Rodder said.

“If we can provide more women with the tools to become the hardest working, most dedicated and safest riders on the track, then that’s a goal I’m willing to put all of my effort behind.”

“The MRC Foundation Melbourne Polytechnic Rider Scholarship is just the first of many initiatives we look forward to implementing this year and in years to come as part of our ongoing commitment to the industry and our local community,” said Melbourne Racing Club Chief Executive Brodie Arnhold.

MRC Foundation Chairman, Patricia Faulkner, echoed Mr Anhold’s sentiments, while acknowledging the participation of the Minister for Racing in announcing the program.

“The Melbourne Racing Club Foundation is committed to safety and to enhancing the overall training and education for women entering the racing industry,” Ms Faulkner said. “We thank the Minister for Racing for his support for the Melbourne Polytechnic Rider Scholarship Program.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants need to be experienced riders and handlers with a passion for the industry. Applications are available at


Photo: L-R, Debbie Jones (Melbourne Polytechnic), Cameron Quilty (Melbourne Polytechnic), Brodie Arnhold (MRC), Mr. Martin Pakula, Talia Rodder (MRC) and Patricia Faulkner (MRC)


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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.