Here’s the National Horseracing College QR code. Simply open your camera on your smartphone and directly point it at the screen – you’ll be taken directly to our fundraising page!
The National Horseracing College is currently fundraising for a new riding simulator that helps the learners to build fitness, balance, and improve riding; better riding increases their career opportunities and is a significant benefit for the welfare of the horses.
The NHC courses are mostly practical, requiring a reasonable level of fitness. For some, it can be difficult to keep up with the demands. Over the past 5 years, the tendency towards a sedentary lifestyle, with the increase in screen time and a reduction in outdoor activities, has led to many of our young learners having low levels of fitness and muscle tone which impacts on their ability to manage elements of the Foundation Course.
On average, NHC has 45% of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom have little or no experience with horses. The NHC Foundation Course provides a unique opportunity for learners to gain a range of qualifications and skills to prepare them for a career in the racing industry.
Simulator training is factored into the learners’ timetable regularly for fitness, balance, and position, which can help to build confidence. NHC has two new simulators thanks to generous funders, however the third one, considerably aged but currently used daily, will have to be replaced soon, at a cost of £38,500. There is currently just over £12,000 raised from the generosity of funders and from fundraising activities, requiring a further £26,500 to be raised.
The benefits will be to the learners attending the Foundation Course to improve their fitness and balance significantly with regular simulator use, which impacts on horse welfare, learner success, and encourages fitness to become part of their lifestyle in the future. This is the safest way to introduce new riders to the techniques and level of fitness required to ride a horse. For existing riders, it gives them the opportunity to perfect their position and build/maintain fitness to improve their riding skills.
The NHC horses work hard every day and by learners having access to the simulator on a regular basis, this improves horse welfare through better and lighter riding techniques, alongside giving the horses some time off to rest from their busy schedule.
The simulators form part of our facilities available for hire to racing staff for maintaining fitness and technique. This provides NHC with a facility to generate income and build on the sustainability of the charity.
Want to volunteer for something different? Are you adventurous? Sporty? Musical? Or someone who wants to make a difference to help young people? Did you previously attend NHC and want to give something back?
Could you be an NHC Fundraising Ambassador?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
We’re looking for motivated people to create and take part in sponsored activities to raise funds for NHC. Do you have ideas but not sure which charity to fundraise for? Then choose NHC as your nominated charity.
Anything goes in fundraising – as long as it’s fun! If you need the motivation to challenge yourself, to do your next race, climb a mountain, do a Couch to 10km, ride 50km, be the quizmaster at an online event with friends. We know times are currently challenging so it may be virtual for a while, but let’s keep the FUN in FUNdraising!
Let the horses and young people at NHC be your inspiration.
The easiest way to start fundraising is to go to our Just Giving click on ‘start fundraising’ and set up your fundraising page in collaboration with NHC. If you need photos or any info then please do get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Philippa via P.Bonham@theNHC.co.uk
The next step is to go for it! Ask your friends and work colleagues to get involved and keep tagging NHC to keep us updated. We will share your efforts and strive to keep you motivated! #NHCFundraising
We rely on our amazing supporters to help us to achieve our ambitions of providing young people the opportunity to build their skills and experience in preparation for rewarding careers in the horseracing industry.
The majority of our students are 16 – 18 years old, some are as young as 14. We are instrumental in changing the lives of these young people, by giving advice, guidance, and the skills to go out into the world to experience rewarding careers with horses.
Most of our horses are ex-racers that have retired from the track to enjoy a second career training the next generation of racing staff. They love their work and are loved and cared for 365 days a year by students and staff.
Although some of the horses have their original owners that provide their equipment, many of them have been gifted to NHC which means we rely on our fantastic sponsors to support with food, bedding, tack, rugs, and donate towards the cost of the farrier, vets and dentist fees and any other expenses required.
We have between 45 – 60 horses on-site. Keeping them happy and healthy is a daily requirement and any help is appreciated.
If you would like to make an online donation, please click here.
Alternatively please download the donation form and send it to National Horseracing College: The Stables, Rossington Hall, Great North Road, Doncaster, DN11 0HN.
There are so many ways your business and your staff can support us:
Please contact Philippa Bonham, Fundraising Manager philippa.bonham@theNHC.co.uk 01302 861007 or download the donation form and send it together with a cheque payable to National Horseracing College: The Stables, Rossington Hall, Great North Road, Doncaster, DN11 0HN.
Support is required in a range of volunteering opportunities such as marketing, functional skills training, planned maintenance work and events.
Leaving a gift in your will to National Horseracing College can help ensure we support trained staff into the horseracing industry and give a second home to retired racehorses every year.
National Horseracing College, Charity Number 700405
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity. Please do get in touch with your ideas.
Phone: 01302 861000