Racing to School

Racing to School is an education and community engagement charity that works with the sport to deliver free and unique Education Programmes nationwide for young people from all backgrounds. Working with racecourses, studs and stable yards across Great Britain, the charity engages with around 200 primary and secondary schools, reaching approximately 12,000 young people each year – 130,000 since our programmes started – a figure which will continue to increase. Two new initiatives were launched in 2016, The Riders’ and Work Programmes, both of which focus on spotlighting the varied range of career options in the racing and breeding industries for young people thinking about their futures. Racing to School is the lead partner within Racing Together, which promotes all community engagement activity taking place through the assets of racing for the benefit of others.

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Contact: John Blake

The Pony Racing Authority

Pony racing is open to everyone aged between 9 and 16 years old whether you own your own pony or not. Ponies must be under 148 cm. There are 3 levels of pony racing. Pony Club race days and pony races at Point-to-Points are a great place to start. Races are run for novices and more experienced alike. In 2017 there will be 8 Pony Club race days and 71 Point-to-Point pony racing fixtures, starting in February and finishing in June. The Racecourse Series is for those with a bit more experience. The series starts in April and ends with the Finals on Future Champions Day at Newmarket on 14th October 2017.

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The British Racing School

The British Racing School are a first class training provider for the horseracing industry and can help you get into an exciting career with top class racehorses! They run a Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care with a guaranteed job in a racing yard upon completion. The diploma course starts with a 9 or 14 week fully residential period with them where you learn to ride and care for racehorses as well as learning life skills such as cookery, personal finance, cyber awareness and diet and nutrition.

For more information please see their website or email

The Northern Racing College

The Northern Racing College near Doncaster is a centre of training excellence in the north which provides training to deliver professionals that meet the staffing needs of British Horse Racing. The courses offered are similar to those offered at the BRS (see above), and include Pony Racing Camp and Pony Racing Academy, as well as a special Work Related Working Programme designed for 14 – 16 year olds currently in full-time education who want to spend one-day a week at the Northern Racing College working towards a Diploma Level 1 in Racehorse Care. The doors of the college are always open if you want to visit.

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Careers in Racing

British Racing is a major industry; worth over £3.45 billion annually to the national economy, it is the second largest spectator sport and is responsible for 85,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), through its brand Careersinracing, supports the recruitment, development and training of those who want to work in horseracing. From inspiring potential Stud Grooms who help to look after the 4,500 foals born every year to Racing Grooms who together care, ride and look after the 14,000 racehorses which are currently in training, right through to the teams of people that make a raceday happen at racecourse. Careersinracing provides a wealth of guidance and information on the exciting and diverse career opportunities in the horseracing industry. Take a look now at