On Track 4 Racing Rewards

This year, BHI Supplies have kindly supported us and donated ‘On Track 4 Racing’ gilets that are awarded to our learners that show the following qualities during their course… ⭐️ Punctual⭐️ Reliable⭐️ Respecting themselves and others⭐️ Accountable⭐️ Professional⭐️ Able to work and live with a degree of independence⭐️ Able to demonstrate good horse handling skills⭐️ Consistently demonstrating the ability to work with racehorses at least as effectively as …

Riding on the gallops with Danny Tudhope

Setting the pace and leading a string of horses on the gallops is a responsibility which should never be underestimated. Not only do you have to be aware of what your own horse is doing but also what the other horses in behind you are doing. You have to maintain a consistent pace and communicate with your fellow riders. Now, …

The first few days working in a racing yard

Early November we travelled north to the racing village of Middleham, North Yorkshire where we caught up with Taylor who was on her second day working for the record-breaking Flat trainer, Mark Johnston. Taylor had graduated a week earlier from the 12-week, residential Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College. In this short video Taylor shares with us how she …

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 …