From sitting on a horse for the first time to this is 5 weeks…

Five weeks ago Callum sat on a horse for the very first time and in such a short space of time he has not only learnt the basics of riding a horse, but he has also learnt, and continues to learn, all that goes with being a racing groom. This includes how to handle horses from the ground, how to …

Training to become a Racing Coach – All you need to know

Any senior stable staff or racing groom can apply to become a Racing Coach. There are many benefits including: Developing new coaching skills Supporting the progression of junior members of your team Becoming part of Racing’s Coaching Community Enhancing your CV Previous coaching experience is not required. Full training is provided and you will start at Level 1 which is …

What is the Rider Coaching Programme?

Coaching is at the heart of any skills development – and riding and horsemanship skills are no exception. Many young or inexperienced riders enter the racing industry as a racing groom. Basic riding skills are usually developed at a course at one of the industry’s racing colleges’ or through previous experience. However, advanced horsemanship skills are generally gained ‘on-the-job’ and …

COLIN WEDD, chairman of the Northern Racing College (now National Horseracing College) from its establishment in 1984 until 2010, has died, aged 82, after a short illness.

A former teacher, he was chair of the Doncaster District Labour party and a member of the South Yorkshire County Council, when the idea to set up a training establishment for stable staff in the area was first raised in 1982. His interest in horses – he was a notable exception among Labour councillors in that he rode to hounds …

NHC graduate Hollie Doyle takes ‘Lady jockey of the Year’ at the Lesters

Yesterday she took a whistle-stop trip to Qatar, West Asia to ride her first winner outside Europe. This afternoon, barely 24 hours after taking off from London Heathrow Airport she returned to take three rides at Lingfield which resulted in a winner, a second and a third. This evening she received the much-coveted, “Lady Jockey of the Year Award” at …

NHC Graduates nominated for 2019 Lesters Awards

We’re delighted that four jockeys’ at the top of their game, who all trained at the National Horseracing College, have been nominated for prestigious Lesters Awards. Both Danny Tudhope and Hollie Doyle completed the 12-week residential Foundation Course at the NHC before gaining their jockey licences. Charlie Poste and Harrison Shaw completed their Level 2 qualification at the NHC, enabling …

NHC Graduate receives 2019 French Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards runner-up accolade

We are thrilled to report former student, Rebecca Green has received the runner-up accolade in the 2019 French Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. Nominations were aplenty and the standard impossibly high across all six categories including Rebecca’s category, Haras Staff (Stud Staff). Sixteen-years-ago Rebecca attended our College Conversion Course, a course designed for those studying an equine-related qualification at …

14 – 16 Work Related Learning Programme proves to be a success for Owen

Our Work Related Learning Programme offers 14 – 16 year olds, currently in full-time education, the opportunity to work towards a Level 1 Diploma in Racehorse Care by attending the National Horseracing College (NHC) one-day each week during term time. In this short video we hear from Owen Payton, who completed the course a couple of years ago. Upon completion …

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 …