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‘Introduce horse racing in the schools’ – Doug Wheatley

Radio Talk Show host Doug Wheatley. Photo: VINO/File
Wheatley said that horse racing could become an important economic pillar here. Photo: VINO/File
Wheatley said that horse racing could become an important economic pillar here. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio Talk Show host and social commentator Douglas Wheatley said that it would be a good idea to introduce horse racing as a subject to be taught in the schools since it is an important sport here in the Virgin Islands and one that could generate lots more income for the Territory.

He was speaking last evening January 20, 2015 on his Speak Out BVI radio show heard on ZBVI 780 AM during which he dealt with a number of issues.

“We have a fantastic facility down at Sea Cow’s Bay. But it is not being utilized for the benefit of the Territory. We need to do something so that it can become a serious pillar of our economy,” he said.

He said services such as simulcasting could be done at Ellis Thomas Downs to help the sport garner more income.

“I would like to see our Government find a way to introduce horse racing in our schools, because out of that that you can get an industry where you can have breeding of horses, as happened in the old days,” he said.

“It is an industry that would provide employment for a number of different categories of persons. [It should be introduced to our young people in the schools so that when they come out they can gravitate towards it. There are the jockeys, there is the farming part of it, there is the medical part of it,” he said. “There is a lot that can be done in terms of that,” said Wheatley.

22 Responses to “‘Introduce horse racing in the schools’ – Doug Wheatley”

  • Oh dear (21/01/2015, 09:11) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    Poor Doug, i think the marbles are rattling around in that head with too much space
    • Kingfish (21/01/2015, 09:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Oh dear:

      I agree with you, it is time for Douglas to hang it up, retire and live a peaceful life.
    • Louis Bloomcooper (21/01/2015, 19:17) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Totally agree. What is Doug really thinking when he chat those rubbish. Horse racing is a sport where persons get involve of their own free will. Why try to push this on our children
  • xo (21/01/2015, 09:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Myron likes cricket
  • Online Now (21/01/2015, 09:41) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think I have heard it all now! Smh! Horse racing in our schools. Ha, ha!
  • R-U-SERIOUS (21/01/2015, 09:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Kermit (21/01/2015, 09:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Soooo..... You know what, imma just let this one slide, carry on Sir..
  • vip (21/01/2015, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    It was the VIP who built that track.
  • i from here (21/01/2015, 10:08) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    This one made me laugh out loud sah!
  • shame.... (21/01/2015, 10:23) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Introduce horse racing to kids? I think Doug finally jumped the shark with this one. Maybe "How to be a successful gambler" should be the prerequisite class. I realize that the BVI and the Caribbean on whole is a very laid back place but I don't think horse racing and the gambling that revolves around it should be targeted at children.
  • Yes (21/01/2015, 10:27) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    He smoke da thing again? This damm dougie
    he needs edmund and courtney with him.
  • $40.00 (21/01/2015, 11:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Where is the horse Mir*n buy

    • Yes (21/01/2015, 15:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do they drug test radio show host? If not, they should start immediately.
  • Dougie friend (21/01/2015, 13:18) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Go Doug, I wid you, the polictic lil boaring
    put some life in de place lol

    professor Doug (Horseologist) HLSCC Josiahs Bay Campus, on the floor rolling, help I cant get up LMAO
  • JAT (21/01/2015, 13:59) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a thought, why not introduce education into the schools first.
  • Hmmm (21/01/2015, 17:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is there no end to the foolishness this man spouts
  • Bushmaster (21/01/2015, 18:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Horse racing as a subject in schools? seriously? what nonsense is this? How long will that syllabus be two lines?
    Someone needs to take their meds
  • Alison (21/01/2015, 19:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although I sympathize totally with the comments above, we are any day now, about to introduce equine care, learning to horse back ride and general country adventures as after-school / weekend activities at Diamond Estate Farm. This also includes the provision for class field trips. So you never know, there may well indeed be a tortolan jockey or trainer or dressage athlete about to be born!
  • bay yute (21/01/2015, 20:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why not get myron out of the education system
  • Yes (22/01/2015, 16:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man must have a lot of sleepless nights for the nonsense he comes up with.
  • Biggs (24/01/2015, 14:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dugg time on zbvi is up it see s to me that he him self don't know What to say we hzve no land here to raise horse because shen a coult born its mother teaches it to run onr population is to small to make it a industry what weneed in our schools is farming and then the government can give the green houses to our people Dugg bo home you going crazy
  • Track man (26/01/2015, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it's a good idea. Not so much horseracing but more of a vetenary curriculllum (sp). Maybe the it can include training on being a jockey, trainers, shoeman just never know. There's a business aspect to the sport it's not just the races. Races are the after product of a vast majority of things.

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