Pony Racing Academy 9 have Graduated

25th Feb 2016 | News

On Sunday 21st February, Pony Racing riders Ben Pratt and Zoe Stephens saw their time on Academy number 9 reach its conclusion with a race ride at Waveney Harriers Point to Point pony races.


Ben, in the famous Niarchos Family colours, was given the leg up on to Thereshegoes by course instructor Jackie Gill, whilst assistant instructor Maggie Taylor helped Zoe aboard Otterburn Lady in Mr Charles Wentworth’s colours.


With parents, BRS staff and Mr Wentworth and his wife watching on nervously they were under starters orders and off, they had a mile to cover but the other experienced riders didn’t hang about, so Ben and Zoe set off at the back. Thereshegoes, who won last time out for the BRS, and Ben finished with a strong drive up the finishing straight to finish a brilliant 4th behind 3 experienced pony racing combinations. A couple more crossed the line before Zoe and Otterburn Lady, but 9th place on your first race was a great result!


Clare Kingston, Operations Manager at The British Racing School was at the Higham meeting to support the young riders and says of the Academy “once again the riders on the Academy have proved that with a bit of hard work and determination you can achieve your goals. Both riders leave a couple of hours drive from the BRS yet they have been there every Saturday through the cold winter months to reach their target of riding in a pony race – an opportunity neither of them would have had without scheme’s like this one. We are delighted for Ben and Zoe and hope they are proud of what they have achieved.”

The Pony Racing initiative, which was started in 2013 is going from strength to strength. The support received from individual donors such as the Frizzy Foundation (Niarchos Family) and Mr Charles Wentworth to name just two along with funding from The Racing Foundation has allowed this opportunity to be opened up to many more budding young pony racing riders, with the latter also meaning The Pony Racing Authority and The Northern Racing College are now also able to run their own Academies.

The next Academy starts at the BRS in July 2016 and if you think you have what it takes please contact Clare Kingston on clare@brs.org.uk