Fun filled educational week Pony Racing!

12th Aug 2015 | News

From the 4th – 8th August 2015 twelve 11 – 15 year olds descended on The British Racing School with their ponies for a residential Pony Racing camp.


The course, which runs twice per year and has been taking place since 2009, is filled with practical riding tuition under the guidance of instructor Jackie Gill as well as lots of off the pony activities. The children are put through their paces with racehorse simulator training, fall training, fitness, racing knowledge and the subject the boys generally dislike, plaiting and turnout! If that wasn’t enough, they were also treated to a tour of one of the oldest training yards in Newmarket, Heath House, by Sir Mark Prescott himself, and a behind scenes look at the Rowley Mile Racecourse, one of two racecourses in the town. A trip up on to Newmarket Heath also gave the youngsters plenty of inspiration as they saw hundreds of racehorse working on the prestigious training grounds.

At Newmarket Racecourse

But it wasn’t all work and no play, on Thursday night they let their hair down with an evening of Mounted Games. Split into two teams, each being captained by upcoming jockeys Luke Ingram and Jack Quinlan the group had great fun fully immersing themselves in every race including the sack race and a fancy dress race.

Simulator Training

On Friday Group 1 winning jockey Ted Durcan joined them and rode upsides each of them on the 6 furlong straight gallop, which is a privilege for any aspiring jockey to be able to say they have done.


Clare Kingston, Operations Manager at the BRS says of the camp “every year we are inundated with applications for the two camps, which is understandable when jockeys like Ted Durcan are giving up their time to come and ride with the youngsters. It’s always a great week and we are grateful to everyone who helps make it so memorable for every child”.


The fun didn’t end there. Parents arrived on Saturday morning to collect their child but not before they had been judged on their pony’s turnout by young trainer Henry Spiller, driven patrol style alongside their child going up the straight gallop and presentations had been made. There are 4 prizes up for grabs during the week and they were dished out as below:

Best Turned Out, sponsored by Gibson Saddlers and judged by Henry Spiller went to 11 year old Kelsie Beilby and her pony Billy.

Most Improved rider, sponsored by Weatherbys who supplied a beautiful silver photo frame was awarded to Nia Kerslake.

Best Racing Knowledge which is judged throughout the week was won by experienced Pony Racing rider Luca Morgan.

The prestigious Outstanding Contribution award which goes to the youngster who has shown the greatest level of commitment to the training throughout the week, fully immersed themselves in everything, shown a mature attitude and helped others if/when required. The prize, which included a gift voucher donated by Gibson Saddlers and also included a bronze statue went to Ben Pearson.


Well done to everyone on camp but particularly the prize winners!


The next camp will take place in 2016, to get yourself on the mailing list for dates or to book onto a training day please email