Lee Swift


Lee Swift


Lead Yard Supervisor at the NHC and former jockey

NHC Courses

Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care (1998)

About Lee:

Lee, graduate of the NHC in 1998, now Lead Yard Supervisor at the NHC and former jockey is hugely instrumental in the learners riding development. In his role as Lead Yard Supervisor he shares with our learners his knowledge and industry experience and teaches them how daily tasks are carried out in a racing yard. He is also often found driving the gallop vehicle alongside the learners when they’re learning the art of riding a racehorse on the gallops. Lee remains actively involved in the racecourse scene as a part-time stalls handler.

Lee has passed his extensive racing knowledge onto hundreds of learners over the last five years and particularly enjoys following the learner’s progress when they take up their work placements in racing yards. During his racecourse work he regularly sees students leading horses up and for those who hold a jockey licence, riding on the racecourse. It is these successes which put an extra spring in his step.

During this interview, Lee explains the purpose of the racehorse simulator exercise and how it improves the students balance, ability to control and steady their horse and their fitness