A one week residential course for you and your pony to experience the fun of pony racing whilst developing yourself as a young jockey:
During the week you will:
- Ride your pony on our gallops whilst being filmed then watch yourself back in the classroom
- Perfect your jockey pose position on our racehorse simulators
- See behind the scenes of a Newmarket Trainers’ yard and Newmarket Racecourse
- An evening of Mounted games in teams led by a current Jockey
- Take part in a Best Turned Out competition judged by a Racehorse Trainer
- Ride your pony up our straight gallop upsides a jockey!
Jockeys that have visited Camp include Frankie Dettori, Paul Hanagan, William Buick, Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally plus many more..
Report from Easter Camp 2018 – by Daniel Ellis
This year was my second pony racing camp and I was lucky to be presented with the Outstanding Contribution & Progress Award, Kindly Sponsored by TUFFA BOOTS. I would recommend anyone going to a camp at Newmarket, as we had fun whilst learning how to improve our riding and stable management skills.
We arrived on Tuesday morning, and were allocated our stables. We settled our ponies in and put away our tack and feed. After we had settled in the ponies we got to put our stuff away in our rooms. I had room 3, the same as last summer, so I knew where I was going. After unpacking our stuff, we all met up and had refreshments with our parents, whilst Jackie went through the health & safety rules and checked our emergency contact details. We also met Julie & Lucy who helped us a lot during our stay. After we had finished our parents left and we went for lunch. Lunch time was an hour, so we had a chance to chat and make friend within our group.
After lunch, we had a tour of the racing school and a quiz. This was followed by a riding assessment, so Jackie could assess what standard we all rode at. After riding we put the ponies away and did afternoon stables. We then had some time to shower & change before we had tea. During the evening, we had some simulator training. When we finished we went out to play football. Supper was at around 8o clock and we went to own rooms by 9.30, with lights out at 10 o clock.
We got up at 7 o clock and handed in our keys, before we went to give our ponies breakfast and muck out. After morning stables we had breakfast, this was followed by some more simulator and fall training. We then changed, and went to visit Newmarket Racecourse. I especially liked the Royal Box. We returned to the racing school for lunch. After lunch we rode on the round canter, this was followed by more simulator and fall training. After evening stables and tea, we had a racing Knowledge quiz, about people in racing and famous racing colours.
After Morning stables and having breakfast, we went on a visit to William Haggis’s Yard. His string stand out well while on the gallops, they are the only string to wear high vis orange sheets and waistcoats. He trains 11 horses for the Queen and we were lucky to see some of them. We had a tour of Newmarket and returned to the racing school for our lunch. We rode in the afternoon, on the round canter and up the straight gallop, this was followed by evening stables. After dinner, we had a mounted games competition, with some professional jockeys, this I enjoyed, even though I came off, I don’t think my pony would make a good games pony! After, we put the ponies away and settle them for the night it was time for supper and lights out.
After morning stables an breakfast, we rode on the straights with professional jockey Daniel Muscott, who had also done some pony racing This was followed by race analysis And a talk about starts. We then had lunch.
On Friday afternoon, we split into groups and had lesson on tack and turnout, plaiting and some simulator training. This was followed by a video review of our riding and evening stables.
After dinner, we had feedback and a quiz.
We did morning stables and returned for our breakfast and packed up our rooms. We then groomed and prepared our ponies for a tack and turnout competition, I attempted a front plait and a quarter mark. After we presented our ponies for inspection we headed out to the straight gallop, where we went up in pairs. When we finished galloping we returned to the stables and started to pack away out things.
Before we left we all went to the lecture theatre for presentation. I was very lucky to receive my award and I look forward to return to Newmarket next year for yet another camp.
Contact Jackie Gill for further details or an application form. There are 10 places available awarded on a first come first served basis. Places are not booked until the deposit of £100 is received. A reserve list will be compiled on the same basis.