Academy 7 signs off on a high!

26th May 2015 | Uncategorized

On Sunday 24th May, Pony Racing riders Cobi Vitler and Bertie Symonds saw their time on Academy no 7 reach its conclusion with a race ride at Kingston Blount Point to Point pony races.


Cobi, in the famous Niarchos Family colours, was given the leg up on to Worth The Wait by course instructor Jackie Gill, whilst assistant instructor helped Bertie aboard Time Will Tell in Mr Charles Wentworth’s colours.

Cobi Vitler & Worth The Wait Bertie Symonds & Time Will Tell

With parents watching on nervously they were under started orders and off, and with only 6 furlongs to run there was no hanging about. Worth the Wait and Cobi stayed near the leaders and with a strong drive up the final hill finished a brilliant 3rd behind 2 experienced pony racing combinations. A couple more crossed the line before Bertie and Time Will Tell, but 6th place on your first race on a pony that needs over a mile was a fantastic result!

Cobi Vitler finishing 3rd Bertie Symonds finishing 6th

Clare Kingston, Operations Manager at The British Racing School was at the Berks and Bucks meeting to support the young riders and says of the Academy “these two boys on this Academy have been a credit to themselves and their families. They haven’t missed a Saturday morning despite living a couple of hours drive away from the BRS in Newmarket, they have been dedicated throughout and it shows today. A great result for them both.”

The Pony Racing initiative, which was started in 2013 is going from strength to strength. The support received from individual donors such as the Frizzy Foundation (Niarchos Family) and Mr Charles Wentworth to name just two along with funding from The Racing Foundation has allowed this opportunity to be opened up to many more budding young pony racing riders, with the latter also meaning The Pony Racing Authority and The Northern Racing College have been able to start running their own academies.  It is a great first step for those less fortunate to be able to get into the racing industry, and the BRS are delighted that Cobi will be joining a Level 2 Pre-Apprenticeship Diploma course in August to start his career in racing!

The next Academy starts at the BRS on the 1st August and if you think you have what it takes please contact Clare Kingston on