Pony Racing Camp 2015 is Multiple Group 1 Winning!

13th Apr 2015 | News

For the eighth year running The British Racing School invited 12 young Pony Racing enthusiasts and their ponies to The BRS in Newmarket for an action packed week.

The camp, which is a 5 day fully residential course for those aged 11 to 15 years old, has been formulated to help improve the skills needed to compete in this rapidly growing equine discipline. Daily tuition on body position, balance and riding to win was videoed in order that quality review and feedback could be given. The young jockeys use the 1st class equipment used by all the jockeys that are trained at the British Racing School including the simulators and the 7 furlong gallop. Various educational tours took place during the week including a rare insight into Sir Mark Prescott’s yard, one of the oldest and most beautiful yards in Newmarket.

The highlight for many was the mounted games that took part towards the end of the week. “Although the camp is intensive pony racing training, we do want the young jockeys to have fun and Thursday night is an opportunity for them to let their hair down.” Clare Higgins, Operations Manager of The British Racing School.

Tom Queally Sack Race

Multiple Group 1 and Classic winning Jockey, Jamie Spencer, led Team 1 while Team 2 were joined by Frankel’s pilot Tom Queally. Both jockeys fully immersed themselves into the spirit of things riding the ponies and even doing the sack race! The following morning the special treat of having Godolphin retained and Group 1 winning jockey James Doyle to ride out with them. “It is a real treat that Jamie, Tom and James give up their time and help out with the Pony Racing, they do this entirely to give something back to the sport and except no fee. At the age of eleven, to be able to say that you have ridden upsides on the gallops with James Doyle is pretty special” Clare Higgins.

The camp concluded on Saturday morning following a best Turned Out competition judged by Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby. The generously donated by Gibson Saddlers voucher was won by Minty Bloss and her pony Nook Class Act. Other graduation prizes included the Tattersalls sponsored bronze and another Gibson voucher for the Outstanding Contribution award which went to Zoe Stanbury. This award is for the person who shows the most commitment to the week, acts professionally throughout and looks after their pony and other camp members. The final two awards went to Albi Tuffnell for most improved rider and Noah Brazg Carrell for the Best Racing Knowledge.