Riding a horse for the first time can be very daunting

On Tuesday (21 January) our new cohort of students underwent their initial riding assessment. Naturally there are students who have many years experience riding including a couple who are already working in racing yards however there are always a number of students who have never ridden before. In this short video we follow Mungar (on lead horse) and Abdul who …

An exciting new career for NHC graduate Danny

Danny, 19, graduated from the 12-week, residential Foundation Course on Friday (17 January) and this evening (19 January) he is settling into his new life in Wantage, Oxfordshire ahead of starting his work placement at Harry Whittington Racing. Irish born Danny completed the Foundation Course as a Yard Person and prior to starting had no experience of working with or …

Workplace Challenge Day for group 20.03

Our instructor team and yard supervisors work tirelessly each and everyday teaching, supporting, nurturing and sharing with our learners their extensive knowledge and experience of the horseracing industry. They know what a racehorse trainer requires in a member of their stable staff team because they have dedicated many years of their own careers to working in hands-on positions in racing …

‘It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done!’

In this interview Callum shares with us how he’s found the first five-weeks of the 12-week, residential Foundation Course. In our previous video (view here) you can see for yourself what can be achieved if you apply yourself. Five weeks ago Callum had never so much as sat on a horse and now he is capable of performing a standing …

From sitting on a horse for the first time to this is 5 weeks…

Five weeks ago Callum sat on a horse for the very first time and in such a short space of time he has not only learnt the basics of riding a horse, but he has also learnt, and continues to learn, all that goes with being a racing groom. This includes how to handle horses from the ground, how to …

Training to become a Racing Coach – All you need to know

Any senior stable staff or racing groom can apply to become a Racing Coach. There are many benefits including: Developing new coaching skills Supporting the progression of junior members of your team Becoming part of Racing’s Coaching Community Enhancing your CV Previous coaching experience is not required. Full training is provided and you will start at Level 1 which is …

What is the Rider Coaching Programme?

Coaching is at the heart of any skills development – and riding and horsemanship skills are no exception. Many young or inexperienced riders enter the racing industry as a racing groom. Basic riding skills are usually developed at a course at one of the industry’s racing colleges’ or through previous experience. However, advanced horsemanship skills are generally gained ‘on-the-job’ and …

COLIN WEDD, chairman of the Northern Racing College (now National Horseracing College) from its establishment in 1984 until 2010, has died, aged 82, after a short illness.

A former teacher, he was chair of the Doncaster District Labour party and a member of the South Yorkshire County Council, when the idea to set up a training establishment for stable staff in the area was first raised in 1982. His interest in horses – he was a notable exception among Labour councillors in that he rode to hounds …