Week Commencing 11th December 2017

15th Dec 2017 |

Another busy week here at the BRS. For the first time accompanying the Blog with be the BRS Vlog – get watching!



Today sees the graduation of Course 314x who have been with us for 14 weeks. Some riders on this course came in as complete novices, having never broken out of a trot. Their improvement is a credit to their hard work and dedication. A huge good luck with your careers and we hope to see you back for more training soon.

This week was the turn of Course 315 to take part in the Best Turned Out and Bake Off competitions. A rainy Thursday afternoon was brightened up by the dazzling display of grooming on show. McBirney, Falmouth Harbour, Angelic Upstart and Algaith put their best hoof forward to try and win this week’s coveted prize. The week’s winner was Angelic Upstart and Luke, Jess, Stephanie and Freya. Well done team! Brushes and hoof picks soon turned to pots and pans as Thursday evening saw 315’s Bake Off. On display was an array of flavours from Prawn Curry to Chocolate Brownies. All the dishes did their chefs justice. We await to find out the winner in Monday’s graduation…

We have seen a real progression on the yard over the last 7 days. Course 316 have now graduated on to the straight gallop for the final part of their training. This is where the real learning starts as this stage of the course replicates what happens in the workplace in terms of riding exercise. Course 317 have made giant strides on to the rounds – their riding is really coming on. Mr Howell, the instructor of Course 317, oozes pride every time he talks about their progress.

It was great to take all the students out this week to the annual Racing Welfare Carol Concert held at Tattersalls. Pastor to Racing, Simon Bailey, led the concert which was a fabulous spectacle for all in attendance. There was also a visit from Santa Claus himself on the night, accompanied by his trusty steeds: two donkeys!

John Ryan Racing and his owners have always been a great supporter of the BRS, donating the likes of the Lincoln winner, Ocean Tempest, and the filly, Simple Rhythm. Both horses are firm favourites of the students. Some of us even think that Ocean Tempest could run tomorrow he looks and moves that well – just a thought for you, John…


Everyone at the BRS we would like to thank John Ryan and all the staff at Cadland Stables for choosing the BRS as their Christmas charity of choice this year for their annual donation.