BRS Blog 28th – 1st September

1st Sep 2017 |

Another busy week of training here at The British Racing School. Our new foundation courses have settled in to the routine well and are all working hard.


This week saw one of our Cat A Amateur Course‘s taking place. 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 the participants were lectured and assessed on: the balanced body position, principles of schooling and jumping (jump permit), simulator training, rules and regulations, integrity, raceday procedures. There are also practical elements to the course such as: riding work, stalls or schooling or both, fitness assessment and simulator assessment. For more information about the Cat A Amateur Course please follow the link:



We also had our Transport Qualification Exams running this week. Due to animal welfare legislation, it is a requirement that some people who transport horses may need to hold a Certificate of Competence. Once section is the multiple choice exam in order to complete the Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys (formerly CET). We also had candidates who had to pass the practical assessment in order to complete the Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses on long journeys (Attendant or Attendant/Driver, formerly ACET). For more information about our Transport Qualification Exams please follow the link:



Also this week were our Pony Racing Training Days. We held a Level 2 training day on Tuesday, a Level 3 training day on Wednesday and a Level 1 training day on Friday. These training days provide tuition on: balance, style, technique, pace, control and awareness. Delivered through a variety of training in the classroom, on the horse simulators and on candidates own ponies. Each riding session is videoed and reviewed concluding each day with. The Level 1 training days are a great introduction to the sport, designed for anyone to come and have a go, you don’t need to have a racing pony, it’s all about having a go and having fun! The Level 3 day acts as an assessment to qualify horse and rider for Pony Racing, so hopefully we will see some of Wednesday’s candidates (pictured) out Pony Racing in the near future! For more information about our Pony Racing Training Days please follow the link:



While on the subject of Pony Racing and looking ahead a couple of weeks, it’s Newmarket Open Weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September. Just a reminder we will be open on Saturday 16th September from 9am till 1pm with a number of attractions during the morning including: BBQ, tours, various demonstrations, racing simulator and our trainees riding up the gallops! One of our many demonstrations will be Pony Racing, this was so popular at The Game Fair in July, and will be a great introduction to the finding out what the sport is all about. It’s free entry to visit us on the Saturday, so come along we’ll be delighted to see you!

For more information about Newmarket Open Weekend please visit: