‘Every single day I’m learning something different’

A couple of weeks ago we travelled to Warwickshire to the all-conquering stables of National Hunt trainer, Dan Skelton to meet with Level 2 Apprenticeship learner, Megan. Megan completed the 12-week, residential Foundation Course at the National Horseracing College a year ago and has worked for the leading jump trainer since graduating. In this short interview Megan shares with us …

Death of former student James Banks

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of retired Jockey, James Banks on Monday 3rd February.  The 36 year old who had rode 85 winners throughout his career, retired from racing in February 2018, after his success as a National Hunt Jockey.   Remembered as having a great sense of humour, James started his Level 1 …

Please support us at our 2020 Annual Show

We would like to invite your business to become a sponsor at the Doncaster Equine College Annual Show on 26th April 2020. NHC is the Centre of Excellence for the Horseracing Industry, providing 15,000 training hours each year that significantly change the lives of young people nationally, with over 5,000 visitors benefiting from training and the use of the facilities.  …

Pontefract Charity Raceday 2020

On Wednesday 29th April 2020 we will be celebrating our 31st Annual National Horseracing College Charity Race Day at Pontefract Racecourse and it would be fantastic to have your organisation on board as a sponsor for this momentous day. As you may be aware, National Horseracing College (NHC) is a Centre of Training Excellence for the horseracing industry. Significantly changing the …

Hayley enjoying her role as Barn Manager six years since graduating from the NHC

During our visit to Manor House Stables LLP yesterday (Tuesday 28 January 2020) we observed Barn Leader and National Horseracing College graduate, Hayley, feeding the 23 horses in her care their midday meal. As with all duties this was done at speed. After Hayley administered the correct quantity of feed another member of staff followed on administering a supplement and …

Death of former chief executive Jim Gale

JIM GALE, chief executive of the Northern Racing College (now National Horseracing College) from its establishment in 1984 until 2008, has died in hospital after a short illness. A planning inspector by profession, he was head of the planning and development section of the South Yorkshire County Council employment promotion and development unit when the project to provide training for …

Where is the NHC team heading in February?

The team here at the National Horseracing College love attending events to meet young people, parents, guardians, career advisors and professionals to talk about apprenticeships and careers in the horseracing industry. Come and have a chat with us at one of the public events to talk about careers and opportunities available, you can even have a go on our brand …

Riding a horse for the first time can be very daunting

On Tuesday (21 January) our new cohort of students underwent their initial riding assessment. Naturally there are students who have many years experience riding including a couple who are already working in racing yards however there are always a number of students who have never ridden before. In this short video we follow Mungar (on lead horse) and Abdul who …

An exciting new career for NHC graduate Danny

Danny, 19, graduated from the 12-week, residential Foundation Course on Friday (17 January) and this evening (19 January) he is settling into his new life in Wantage, Oxfordshire ahead of starting his work placement at Harry Whittington Racing. Irish born Danny completed the Foundation Course as a Yard Person and prior to starting had no experience of working with or …

Workplace Challenge Day for group 20.03

Our instructor team and yard supervisors work tirelessly each and everyday teaching, supporting, nurturing and sharing with our learners their extensive knowledge and experience of the horseracing industry. They know what a racehorse trainer requires in a member of their stable staff team because they have dedicated many years of their own careers to working in hands-on positions in racing …