National Horseracing College Well Represented Among Godolphin Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to the four National Horseracing College graduates and current learners who have been shortlisted from 206 initial nominations for the 2021 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, the most prestigious awards of their kind. Graduates Jessica Bell, who is assistant to her trainer-stepfather Brian Ellison at his North Yorkshire stable, and Hannah Gregory, who fulfils a similar role with …

Death of NHC life president Sandy Struthers

The trustees and staff of the National Horseracing College are sorry to learn of the death yesterday of one of its life presidents, Sandy Struthers, at the age of 91. Struthers, who ran the Glasgow-registered shipping company founded by his great-grandfather in 1860, was deputy senior steward of the Jockey Club when in 1991 he chaired a working party to identify the …

The NHC continues to deliver training under new restrictions

As Doncaster will increase to Tier 3 VERY HIGH at 00:01 Saturday 24th October, the highest level of restrictions issued by the UK government in response to rising coronavirus levels, NHC will continue to deliver. What does this mean for the NHC? National rules as well as additional Tier 3 restrictions make clear that education and work should continue but …

The NHC Calendar Competition

Be part of the team, help us create the first ever NHC Calendar for 2021.  From 1st to 31st October NHC is running a Calendar Competition to celebrate how well our horses work for us all year round and to raise funds for a few Christmas gifts for them. Let’s see how creative you can be.  If you are aged …

Workplace Challenge Day

During the penultimate week of the 12-week, residential Foundation Course our learners take part in the Workplace Challenge Day. A day where our Roving Tutors observe, mentor and assess the learners during the entire day. Today was Workplace Challenge Day for group 20.09 and our learners once again rose to the occasion. A big well done to the ‘Best Turned …

What qualifications do I need to become a jockey?

We often get asked what route people can take to become a jockey. Those who want to become a Flat or National Hunt jockey will need to begin by successfully completing the 12-week residential Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College (NHC). From here, successfully complete 6-week work placement with a racehorse trainer. The location and type of racing yard …

‘Overview of British Racing Days’ goes virtual

Due to Covid-19, we will not be holding these seminars at Doncaster and Newbury racecourses as planned in 2020 but we delighted to announce that we are going to provide them virtually through the Zoom platform. So if you want to develop a career in horseracing or perhaps you are new to the industry and would like to expand your …

Numerous NHC Graduates offered full-time employment

We’re delighted that many NHC Foundation Course graduates, who graduated just before or during Covid-19 lockdown, have now been secured full-time employment following their 6-week work placement. Congratulations to the following: Maria Crowe who has been offered full-time employment with Warren Greatrex as a rider (Group 20.06) Rebecca Yates who has also been offered full-time employment with Warren Greatrex as …

NHC Horses, where are they now… Rory (Mythical Son)

It’s always great to see previous National Horseracing College horses thriving in their retirement, and Rory is no exception! Racing career and life at the NHC for Rory Rory wasn’t a very talented horse on the track, as he only had 9 starts before he was retired, but his best performance was a 4th in a Novice Chase at Leicester. …