The Korea Racing Authority (KRA), led by CEO Jung Ki-hwan, will complete the establishment of a healing horseback riding support project in the second half of the year to realize social values with horses and begin full-fledged business promotion.
The healing horseback riding support project implemented by the KRA is aimed at creating public value by relieving stress and trauma of social public interest workers who are responsible for the lives and safety of our people, and at the same time, providing horseback riding experiences to the general public.
In the first half of this year, the KRA provided healing horseback riding for about 800 people struggling for the public interest, including the National Fire Agency, the Coast Guard, and the quarantine headquarters.
The KRA also selected the general public and supported about 1,000 people to increase their familiarity with horseback riding sports.
The healing horseback riding support project will continue in the second half of the year. The Ministry of Justice's probation officers, the Korea Life Hope Foundation's suicide bereaved family members, and members of the Korea Crime Victim Support Association will be selected as new targets to conduct a beginner course in social public interest healing horseback riding.
The horseback riding project for the general public will expand the number of intermediate class members to 200 in order to maintain a sustainable riding population.
Prior to the full-fledged project, the Korea Racing Authority will complete the recruitment of facilities to participate in the healing horseback riding support project for the green horseback riding zone by mid-September and begin operation in the second half after applying for experience.
In the case of healing horseback riding for the social public, participating institutions will recruit participants on their own, and the healing horseback riding process for the general public will be recruited on a first-come, first-served basis through the Korean Racing Authority's Hospia website.
Healing horseback riding for the general public can be applied by anyone from the age of 18 to 65 in Korea, and recruitment will begin on Sept. 21. It will be held 10 times in October and November, and the Korean Racing Authority will provide a fixed amount of 200,000 won per person.
Meanwhile, the Korea Racing Authority plans to operate an online notification channel that shares emergency situations that may occur in horseback riding facilities for stable operation and management of the healing horseback riding business and conduct on-site inspections such as accident prevention, facilities, safety measures, and training levels to maintain the quality of training services.
In addition, satisfaction and stress levels for the overall training will be measured through surveys and used as data for future business improvement.
"I hope that the social public interest healing horseback riding project will provide healing time to those who are striving to keep our society healthy," said Jung Ki-hwan, CEO of the Korea Racing Association.
CEO Jung also said, "As it is an opportunity for the general public to access the sport of horseback riding, we ask for general people’s participation and attention, and we will continue to expand the base of the horseback riding industry."