Welcome to the National Horseracing College

We’re delighted to announce that as of today, 1st August, the Northern Racing College will now be known as the National Horseracing College. Our Doncaster-based centre of excellence for training in the horseracing industry has renamed to a title that better reflects the reality of our coverage in recruitment and placement. The decision has been made to coincide with our …

The Hurdles Project – Please Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Target

As a registered charity we rely heavily on fundraising. The cost to operate the Northern Racing College is a staggering £6,300 per day of which 21% comes from funds generated solely by the College. That is a whopping £262.00 per hour. With fundraising very much at the forefront of our mind we are trying something new and write to ask …

A great start for India with the team at Ian Williams Racing

During our recent visit to trainer Ian Williams racing yard we caught up with India, 19, who graduated from the 12-week Foundation Course in 2016. Upon completion of her initial training India was secured a work placement at the all-conquering Cotswold stables of Jonjo O’Neill. She has worked for Mr Williams since October 2018.  “Leading up a winner gives you …

Bailey On The Right Track To A Successful Horseracing Career

The name Bailey Burns-Lewis appeared in a racecard for the first time last Friday next to the Jedd O’Keeffe Racing trained Rebel State (IRE). Finishing third on his racecourse debut in the Racing Welfare Betfair Clock Tower Cup Bailey has his sights firmly set on riding as an Amateur Jockey at some point in the future Bailey was influenced from a young age by …

How Former Jockey George Chaloner Is Back On Track After Horror Fall

The name George Chaloner first came to our attention 15 years ago when he was 12 years old and riding in Pony Races. Fast forward four years and upon completion of full-time education, George enrolled onto the 12-week residential Foundation Course and was secured a work placement at the North Yorkshire stables of the late Malcolm Jefferson. Mr Jefferson nurtured …

Calum’s Hard Work Pays Off To Take ‘Student of the Week’ Award

We’re delighted to announce that this week’s ‘Student of the Week’ award goes to Calum Ferguson. Calum joined the college nearly 9 weeks ago and since then, has shown a fantastic work ethic and has shown huge amounts of determination to succeed. When Calum joined us, he had very little to no riding experience so he has come on leaps …

Graduate Megan Joins The Dan Skelton Racing Team

The transformation we see in students both during their 12-week Foundation Course and afterwards when they’ve started working in racing can be phenomenal and Megan is no exception. We visited Megan at Dan Skelton’s 200-horse racing yard a couple of weeks ago and it was a real delight to see her working and interacting with her colleagues so confidently. Megan …

A new start for Josh Thorman with trainer Ian Williams

This time last year Josh, 22, was a student on the 12-week, residential Foundation Course at the College. Fast forward one year and he is employed in the West Midlands by dual purpose trainer, Ian Williams. Josh came into racing after graduating from Uni with a Sports Exercise Science degree and his goal now is to successfully pass the mandatory …

Regional Staff Development Programme aims to provide training to over one third of racing’s workforce Racing Foundation funds first 18 months of a three-year programme which offers free or subsidised on-location training to racing staff Cross-industry scheme aims to take further training and development opportunities out to 2,400 members of Racing’s workforce Scheme is viewed as an essential part of …