Week Commencing 15th January

19th Jan 2018 |

The fresh week was met with fresh faces here at the BRS. Monday saw the beginning of our most recent Ground Based Course and our new 9 Week Level 2 Apprenticeship Course, Course 318.

The Ground Based Course is a great opportunity for those wishing for a change of career and is aimed at those wanting to work in a racing yard in a non-riding capacity. Yesterday for the first time, the group were faced with the task of putting a bridle back together. Yes, it sounds easy, but for those starting out in a career with horses it can prove quite a challenging task. It was rather amusing to see some of the attempts, but all trainees got there eventually – thankfully for the horses…

Course 318 have settled in well. They have taken to the indoor school for the beginning of their training. At this time of year, both horse and rider alike are thankful for the indoor facilities available, with the cold and freezing temperatures occasionally posing problems. On Thursday, it wasn’t the cold nor the frost that we had problems with; instead, the 55mph gusts of wind. Thankfully, most of the BRS stayed intact. We did, however, have to say goodbye to one of our trees that could not withstand the gales.


This week has also saw the latest batch of aspiring Apprentice Jockeys come through the door. Highlights have included, on Monday, Julia Scott Douglas, accredited sports nutritionist, visited the students to deliver a Cook and Eat session, helping them to discover nutritional, healthy, tasty meals that help produce the balanced diet required for race riding. The apprentices this week also had a rules and regulations session with ex-jockey and now BHA Stipendiary Steward, Anthony McGlone. Anthony’s session was incredibly informative and is something that all can draw upon should they achieve their goal of race riding.