BRS Blog 14th – 18th August

18th Aug 2017 |

It was a warm and sunny week here for what was the last week of our summer break, with the majority of our horses enjoying their last few days on holiday out in the fifty acres.



Course 312X are progressing through their training, they will be joined by course 313 returning from summer break, and courses 313A and 314 starting, all on Monday next week.


This week saw our Advanced Pony Racing Camp here at the British Racing School. We had 10 pony racing jockeys who were handpicked as having the potential to succeed as a professional jockey in the future. All were aged between 14 and 15 years old and currently riding on the Pony Racing Circuit. The week is based on one of our Jockey Licence Courses and sees our Pony Racing Jockeys being put through their paces by our top Jockey Coaches.



The week included: balance/body position, pushing technique and pace awareness training with senior jockey coach Richard Perham, schooling training with Yogi Breisner who is now advisor to the Swedish Equestrian Federation, professionalism training with ex-jockey turned jockey coach Neil Pollard, media training with Lydia Hislop, injury prevention with sports physiotherapist Kevin Hunt, career planning, diet/nutrition, fitness, and strength/conditioning training, and visits to Dalham Hall Stud and Newmarket races. To find out more information about our Advanced Pony Racing Camp please follow the link:



Turning our attention to Shetland Pony Racing, on Tuesday we received some fantastic news that our second BRS sponsored Shetland Pony Grand National jockey Lucy Aspell, secured her place in the Shetland Pony Grand National Final. Lucy won her qualifier at the Pembrokeshire County Show and will now line up in the final at The London International Horse Show at Olympia in December. Congratulations to Lucy! This means that both BRS sponsored jockeys Lucy Aspell and Rocco Dettori have qualified for the final! We wish them both the best of luck for the rest of the season and especially for the final in December.


Finally, a very special mention and congratulations to Sarah Hayde-Salter who has been working for the British Racing School for 20 years. A highly valued and integral member of the team! On reflection Sarah said: “throughout my 20 years I have seen the BRS grow and develop in to the centre of excellence that it is today. I feel proud to have been part of so many young people’s career progressions in to the racing industry”.