Focus and Determination during the Pre-Licence Assessment Course

For young riders with aspirations of becoming apprentice jockeys the first stage of the application process is successfully completing the Pre-Licence Assessment Course. In this video attendees are being put through their paces by our Jockey Coach on the racehorse simulators. So much can be assessed on the simulators including the delegates balance, ability to ride a finish and to …

Martin explains why it’s never too late to follow your dream

In this short video we meet Martin who attended the Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College earlier this year. Martin found himself getting into the racing game a little later in life and hasn’t looked back. Prior to starting at the College Martin gained practical experience at a livery stables but with his passion being for racing he wanted …

What it’s like to ride the winner of the Wokingham Stakes

And that’s how you win the Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) at Royal Ascot! The rider on the simulator in this video wasn’t born when this race took place back in 2000 but no matter how many years go by the manner in which the winner came between a field of 29 horses to get up to win on the line …

Ben’s loving his new hands-on role with the Jonjo O’Neill Team

A year ago Ben had never ridden a racehorse now he’s working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship. He has responsibility for the daily care of seven horses and rides four lots (horses) on the gallops every morning. He also leads up lots of placed horses and is excitedly looking forward to leading his first winner into the hallowed winners enclosure. …

Lee Swift, Lead Yard Supervisor, on the importance of fitness

Lee Swift, Lead Yard Supervisor at the National Horseracing College and former jockey is hugely instrumental in the students riding development. During his interview, Lee explains the purpose of the racehorse simulator exercise and how it improves the students balance, ability to control and steady their horse and their fitness. Lee graduated from the 12-week residential Foundation Course almost 20 …