From no riding experience to riding racehorses in New Zealand…

In 2016 Martin arrived at the National Horseracing College with absolutely no experience of riding or working with horses. Fast-forward to early 2020 and he returned from a year working with and riding racehorses in New Zealand. Since graduating from the 12-week residential Foundation Course, Martin worked for two years as a racing groom for Micky Hammond at his stables …

How to keep fit during lockdown… Danny Tudhope explains

How do you keep fit during lockdown? Keeping active is vital, not only for physical wellbeing but for mental wellbeing too. We caught up with NHC graduate and one of the best flat jockeys in the UK, Danny Tudhope, to see how he keeps fit during lockdown and how to keep in peak fitness ready for when racing returns. “Lockdown …

NHC graduate James Savage a finalist for prestigious award

There aren’t many people who work for the one employer for 21 years (and counting). James, a graduate of the National Horseracing College in 1997, is a finalist in the Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020 in the Leadership category. We travelled to Newmarket to Freemason Lodge, home to an unprecedented number of Group/Graded/Listed flat horses trained by Sir Michael …

“I’m being paid to do my hobby!”

“I’m being paid to do my hobby”, is how Leanne describes her job at Jedd O’Keeffe Racing. Leanne is being incredibly modest for she has devoted more than 20 years of her life to the horseracing industry and what she does is so much more than a job. Leanne’s role is all encompassing; every working day she rolls her sleeves …

NHC Graduate Charlotte Cotgrave finalist for prestigious award

On Monday, 24 February 2020 four graduates of the National Horseracing College will swap their usual work attire for more formal wear as they travel to London for the prestigious and eagerly awaited Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020. Six months ago nominations opened with the shortlist announced in early December 2019. The shortlist was then reduced to three finalists …

‘Every single day I’m learning something different’

A couple of weeks ago we travelled to Warwickshire to the all-conquering stables of National Hunt trainer, Dan Skelton to meet with Level 2 Apprenticeship learner, Megan. Megan completed the 12-week, residential Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College a year ago and has worked for the leading jump trainer since graduating. In this short interview Megan shares with us …