This is a programme for young people aged 13 to 15 years old who want to take part in Pony Racing but due to financial or other constraints, are unable to partake in the sport.
The British Racing School has ponies at the School to be used for the Academy.
The scheme will be a 12 week programme of Saturday mornings 8am – 12 noon. During these Saturday lessons, children will learn to ride “Racing Style” using the ponies, our simulators, video reviews and through practicing at home. Lessons will also concentrate on looking after a pony, horse health, feeding, tack and preparing a pony for the races.
Towards the end of the scheme, if the child has reached a sufficient standard and a pony race is available, we will take them to take part in a Pony Race. This is not guaranteed.
Parents must agree to deliver their child to the racing school by 8am on every Saturday of the programme and collect them at 12 noon.
There will be no cost for the scheme for the parent although it is advised that rider insurance is obtained at the parents’ expense. The scheme is paid for by the generosity of individual sponsors along with a grant from the Racing Foundation.
The Racing Foundation was established in 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. Since inception, it has granted over £2million to charities associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education, training & participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage & culture.
To participate you will need to be:
• Between 13 and 15 years old
• Under 9st 7lbs/60kg
• Physically fit
• Already be able to walk, trot & canter unaided
• Available and commit to all 12 Saturdays of the scheme
• Be unable to take part in Pony Racing due to financial or other constraints if it were not for this scheme
You will need your own BSEN approved jockey skull cap, a suitable pair of smooth soled jodhpur boots or full length riding boots and suitable leg wear (Jeans are not acceptable).
A back protector will be provided by the BRS if you do not have one.
You will be given a BRS T-Shirt to be worn at every lesson and a BRS Jacket in the winter time.
You will be loaned a set of reins to practice changing hands during the week. These must be returned to the BRS at the end of the 12 weeks.
Parents are required to fill in the application form which can be obtained from Clare Kingston (firstname.lastname@example.org) On submission of the application form to The BRS your child may be invited for interview. There are limited places available and therefore if your child is considered eligible, they may have to wait to join the scheme.
The next places available for the Academy is Spring 2016, however we welcome applications at any time.