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Pony Racing Training Days

The College holds training days during the school holidays, open to those with no previous experience of race-riding, through to seasoned junior jockeys, age 9 to 15 years old.

Ponies of all shapes and sizes are welcome to take part. The overall aim of a training day is to improve the junior jockey’s position, technique and confidence whilst riding at speed and to develop their understanding of race-riding and the horseracing industry.

Training Days are run on a level based system:

LEVEL 1 … is the introductory level for riders who are attending their first training day, and those who have not ridden in any form of Pony Race. Progress to the next level is determined by the National Horseracing College Jockey Coach.

LEVEL 2 … is designed for junior jockeys who have taken part in two or more pony races (on the pony they intend riding during the training day); this includes Pony Club Pony Races.

LEVEL 3 … day is open to riders who have won a pony race or finished second/third in two or more pony races (on the pony they intend riding during the training day); this includes Pony Club Pony Races.

Pony Racing Camp does not qualify you for level 3.

Level 3 is required for both point-to-point pony racing and Racecourse series.

For the Pony Racing Authority entry requirements please click on the link below:


*Level 2 and Level 3 training day offers riders the chance to review pony races they have participated in and receive constructive feedback from our Jockey Coach.

*Riders must supply copy of the race/s on either a DVD or video.

Training at all three levels includes tuition on balance, style and technique, pace, control and awareness. Training takes place in the classroom, on the racehorse simulators and on the riders own pony. Each session is videoed, with a review concluding each day. Riders receive a certificate and a training report.

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  • Thursday 30th May 2024 - Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Tuesday 20th Aug 2024 - Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Tuesday 29th Oct 2024 - Level 1, 2 & 3


The cost for each level is £50.00 (inc VAT) per pony/rider combination. The maximum number of riders per session will be ten.

Riders must have their own personal accident cover and PPE (i.e. skull hat, body protector (Level 3 standard) and boots etc). It is not necessary to purchase racing equipment to attend a Level 1 training day. A general purpose saddle, with sufficient holes in the stirrup leathers to shorten up will be sufficient.

Early booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please contact Sarah Beattie for further details and to request an application form :

01302 861000

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