UPDATE | Upcoming Open Mornings

Update regarding upcoming Open Mornings as of 20.03.2020 The National Horseracing College is taking all sensible measures to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to provide training and education for its residential courses.  One of the measures we’re taking is to cancel planned Open Mornings until further notice in order to reduce the need for non-essential travel. However, …

UPDATE | For Foundation Course Learners

Foundation Course Learners: Thursday 19 March 2020 Dear Parent/Carer & learners, You will be aware that the Education Secretary announced yesterday afternoon that state schools and colleges across the country will close tomorrow until further notice as part of the Nation’s efforts to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This has been justified on the basis that it will …

UPDATE | For FLP Learners (14-16-year-olds)

UPDATE | For FLP Learners (14-16-year-olds) Dear Parent/Carer & learners, You will be aware that the Education Secretary announced yesterday afternoon that state schools and colleges across the country will close tomorrow until further notice as part of the Nation’s efforts to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. I regret that the National Horseracing College’s Flexible Learning Programme also …

Important information regarding Covid-19

We feel it is important to notify everyone who attends or supports the National Horseracing College that in the current Coronavirus conditions we are adhering to advice from the government, NHS and the World Health Organisation. We will continue to ensure all hygiene requirements are met to a high standard and contingency measures are in place, if required over the …

NHC graduate James Savage a finalist for prestigious award

There aren’t many people who work for the one employer for 21 years (and counting). James, a graduate of the National Horseracing College in 1997, is a finalist in the Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020 in the Leadership category. We travelled to Newmarket to Freemason Lodge, home to an unprecedented number of Group/Graded/Listed flat horses trained by Sir Michael …

“I’m being paid to do my hobby!”

“I’m being paid to do my hobby”, is how Leanne describes her job at Jedd O’Keeffe Racing. Leanne is being incredibly modest for she has devoted more than 20 years of her life to the horseracing industry and what she does is so much more than a job. Leanne’s role is all encompassing; every working day she rolls her sleeves …

NHC Graduate Charlotte Cotgrave finalist for prestigious award

On Monday, 24 February 2020 four graduates of the National Horseracing College will swap their usual work attire for more formal wear as they travel to London for the prestigious and eagerly awaited Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020. Six months ago nominations opened with the shortlist announced in early December 2019. The shortlist was then reduced to three finalists …

‘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 …