BRS Blog 25th – 29th September

29th Sep 2017 |

It was a busy week for training this week at The British Racing School! On Monday we were joined by course 314X, they will accompany course’s 313, 314 and 314A who are all working towards the Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care and Riding.


In addition to all activities our students complete in the daily regime of the foundation course, a few of our students, along with our Operations Director Duncan Gregory (pictured), were out in force at the beginning of the week moving stones for drainage purposes at our recently renovated turning circle at the start of the straight gallop. A testament to the positive work ethic we project to our trainees here at the BRS.

Earlier this week we had our Category A Amateur Rider Permit course running. This is a two day licence course which is a mandatory requirement for anyone wishing to take out their Category A Amateur Riders Permit. During the course participants were lectured and assessed on the following: the balanced body position, principle of schooling and jumping (jump permit), simulator training, rules and regulations, integrity and race day procedures. There also practical elements to the course such as: riding work, stalls or schooling or both, a fitness assessment and a simulator assessment. On completion of this course a report is written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority who then decide if each participant will gain their licence. For more information about our Category A Amateur Rider Permit course please visit:


Also running this week was our Management Academy. This programme is delivered by Peplow Group and is designed for those who aspire to senior roles within an organisation or those who wish to become more effective in their current role. The Academy provides meaningful, results driven management development, specific to the racing industry. The Management Academy is an 8 month development programme consisting of: MAP assessment, team & innovation day, communicating effectively workshop, managing yourself workshop, managing performance workshop, problem solving and decision making workshop, developing your people workshop, 12 self-study modules, MAP reassessment, two one to one coaching sessions and individual support for 9 months. For more information about the Management Academy please visit:


A special mention this week goes to Fred and Rowena Cook, who have been involved in rehoming racehorses for The British Horseracing Authority for many years. The BHA have their CRS facility which provides research into racehorses here at the BRS. They have had another success story this week with the news that former CRS horse Khenaizy, whom many past students would have had involvement with in their time here. Khenaizy had success at the weekend attaining 2 thirds in his dressage classes with new owner Vanessa Lowther.

Congratulations to Vanessa and we extend our gratitude to Fred and Rowena.