How it feels to ride your first winner

“When I went past the finish line everything disappeared out of my mind, I really couldn’t believe I’d won, I couldn’t actually believe it”…. Ask any jockey how it felt riding their first winner and they’ll tell you, without a second’s hesitation, like it happened yesterday. No matter how many years have passed that feeling of euphoria never lessens and …

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 …

A new life for Jay at Jonjo O’Neill Racing

On 23rd September we travelled south to the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire  to meet our learners who are employed at the state-of-the-art training centre that is Jackdaws Castle, home to the legendary Jonjo O’Neill Racing. We caught up with Jay Bisson who graduated from the 12-week Foundation Course in November 2018. Jay’s six week work placement was with Mr O’Neill and upon …

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 …