What qualifications do I need to become a jockey?

We often get asked what route people can take to become a jockey. Those who want to become a Flat or National Hunt jockey will need to begin by successfully completing the 12-week residential Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College (NHC). From here, successfully complete 6-week work placement with a racehorse trainer. The location and type of racing yard …

Numerous NHC Graduates offered full-time employment

We’re delighted that many NHC Foundation Course graduates, who graduated just before or during Covid-19 lockdown, have now been secured full-time employment following their 6-week work placement. Congratulations to the following: Maria Crowe who has been offered full-time employment with Warren Greatrex as a rider (Group 20.06) Rebecca Yates who has also been offered full-time employment with Warren Greatrex as …

NHC Horses, where are they now… Rory (Mythical Son)

It’s always great to see previous National Horseracing College horses thriving in their retirement, and Rory is no exception! Racing career and life at the NHC for Rory Rory wasn’t a very talented horse on the track, as he only had 9 starts before he was retired, but his best performance was a 4th in a Novice Chase at Leicester. …

NHC to recommence Foundation Course training on-site at the beginning of July

We can now confirm the NHC will recommence Foundation Course training on-site at the beginning of July. Our decision has been taken after careful and detailed deliberation on a host of factors including, as a priority, the health and wellbeing of staff and learners. We have monitored Government and ESFA guidance very carefully throughout the current pandemic. We have discussed …

Racing Welfare launches 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week campaign

Racing Welfare has today outlined plans for its 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, beginning on Monday 18th May.  The week is a national initiative run by the Mental Health Foundation which runs through until Sunday 24th May.  Racing Welfare leads racing’s response to the campaign, which this year has been taken fully digital by the charity due to Covid-19. …

Success for learners during Workplace Challenge Day

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 …

UPDATE | Upcoming Open Mornings

Update regarding upcoming Open Mornings as of 20.03.2020 The National Horseracing College is taking all sensible measures to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to provide training and education for its residential courses.  One of the measures we’re taking is to cancel planned Open Mornings until further notice in order to reduce the need for non-essential travel. However, …

Important information regarding Covid-19

We feel it is important to notify everyone who attends or supports the National Horseracing College that in the current Coronavirus conditions we are adhering to advice from the government, NHS and the World Health Organisation. We will continue to ensure all hygiene requirements are met to a high standard and contingency measures are in place, if required over the …

Pontefract Charity Raceday 2020

On Wednesday 29th April 2020 we will be celebrating our 31st Annual National Horseracing College Charity Race Day at Pontefract Racecourse and it would be fantastic to have your organisation on board as a sponsor for this momentous day. As you may be aware, National Horseracing College (NHC) is a Centre of Training Excellence for the horseracing industry. Significantly changing the …

Hayley enjoying her role as Barn Manager six years since graduating from the NHC

During our visit to Manor House Stables LLP yesterday (Tuesday 28 January 2020) we observed Barn Leader and National Horseracing College graduate, Hayley, feeding the 23 horses in her care their midday meal. As with all duties this was done at speed. After Hayley administered the correct quantity of feed another member of staff followed on administering a supplement and …