Competitions and Events / The Pony Club in partnership with QIPCO British Champions Series

QIPCO British Champions Series 2018

More young riders than ever before will get the chance to discover the exciting sport of horseracing in 2018, with QIPCO British Champions Series and The Pony Club further extending their commitment to engage the younger generation in the sport by involving the North-West in the partnership’s activity.

On Saturday 26th May, Haydock Park Racecourse will play host to a ‘Kickstart’ day for the first time. The ‘Kickstart’ days, which were launched in 2017, aim to engage young riders in horseracing at the beginning of the summer and encourage them to nurture their interest during the holidays. As in 2017, Newmarket Racecourse will host the other of the days on Sunday 6th May at the QIPCO Guineas Festival, which stages Britain’s first two ‘Classic’ races.

As in previous years, the activity will then return to QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 20th October at Ascot Racecourse. The ‘Fan Zone in association with the Pony Club’ will stage a wide range of fun and educational activities alongside the best horseracing that Britain has to offer. 

The activity across all three racedays aims to give young riders the opportunity to earn their Horseracing Certificate by attending a bitesize lesson at the Jockey School, meeting an ex-racehorse, learning about the tack and kit used for racing and completing a behind-the-scenes tour of the racecourse. In addition, Pony Club members will get the chance to earn their Intro to Pony Racing badge.

On all three days there will also be opportunities to learn about career prospects within racing, such as Pony Racing and further education at the British Racing School or Northern Racing College. A wide range of organisations are involved in the staging of the three days, including Careers In Racing, Racing To School and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

A ticket promotion will be offered to parents who wish to bring Pony Club members to Newmarket and Haydock, with under 18s going free.

For more information and to register your interest for one or more of the days, visit



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