So you think horse riding is for girls?

So you think horse riding is for girls? How easy do you think it is to control half a tonne of thoroughbred horse galloping at 40mph? Horses have a mind of their own. Thankfully, in the most, they want to work with us and they are happy to take direction off a rider that instils confidence in them and in …

An exciting new start for NHC graduate Molly

Today (9th December 2019) is Molly’s first day in her work placement at Mark Johnston Racing in Middleham, North Yorkshire. Molly, 18, graduated from the 12-week, residential Foundation Course on Friday 6th December 2019. In this short interview Molly shares with us how she’s feeling about joining such a big yard, her equine experience prior to joining the National Horseracing …

NHC graduate Henry Platt proves that working hard can achieve any dream

We love receiving success stories about our graduates and this story is definitely a great achievement and a name to look out for in the future…Henry Platt graduated from the National Horseracing College (formally Northern Racing College) in the summer of 2016. Having barely any equine experience when he arrived at the college, Henry proved that his ability and determination …

Six NHC graduates nominated for 2020 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Huge congratulations to all those shortlisted for the 2020 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. We were especially delighted to see six National Horseracing College graduates and current learners among those shortlisted: David Nicholson Newcomer Award:-Chelsea Brooks (Ollie Pears)Charlotte Cotgrave (Mark Johnston) Leadership Award:-Hannah Gregory (Richard Phillips)Leanne Kershaw (Jedd O’Keeffe) Rider/Groom Award:-Hayley Ashcroft (Tom Dascombe) Rory MacDonald Community Award:-Samantha Trainor …

Aiden’s first winner and how he’s never looked back on his racing dream

Watch full interview here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpIREVBnAG0 Riding your first winner is a milestone in every jockey’s life and is only bettered by one thing; riding a winner which catches the eye of a trainer who then books you to ride their horses. When 19-year-old Aiden Smithies rode his first winner a couple of months ago for his employer, North Yorkshire …

Danny Tudhope Racing Simulator Demonstration

17 years ago Danny Tudhope was a student on the 12-week, residential Foundation Course; fast-forward 17 years and he’s the second-best flat jockey in the UK. Scottish born Danny rode 133 British winners between 04 May 2019 – 19 October 2019 which saw him crowned the runner-up in the Flat Jockeys Championship 2019. During this period he rode a staggering …

Jay Tabb still excelling nearly 6 months after graduating

Fabulous to see Foundation Course graduate Jay Tabb excelling in a sport which a year ago was just a pipe dream. Jay, 35, had not so much as sat on a horse a year ago but that all changed when he was accepted onto the 12-week, residential Foundation Course. In preparation for the course commencing (on 29 March 2019) forward-thinking …

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 …