Prince’s Trust Triumph in Racing at BRS

26th Mar 2018 | News

Last Friday saw the successful conclusion of the first ever residential Prince’s Trust Get Started with Horseracing Programme run at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

The Prince’s Trust and BRS have collaborated to bring nine 16-25 year olds from East Anglia together for a week’s taster programme in horseracing at the BRS. The young people had no previous experience of horseracing and in many cases horses. During the week they have experienced a variety of horse handling exercises and some have sat on a horse for the first time. They have been on trips to Newmarket’s gallops, Amy Murphy’s yard, Darley Stud and Chelmsford City racecourse. The week culminated with a best turned out competition followed by a presentation and awards ceremony.

Grant Harris BRS CEO: “The week has taken a fair while to pull together but it has been wonderful to see the transformation in these disadvantaged young people many of whom came here with a multitude of challenges. Their confidence has grown to the point where they now feel comfortable around the horses and there is a chance that we may see some come back for a training course. I have found the week hugely rewarding as we have seen some amazing transformations and it just goes to show what can be achieved when you give young people a chance in life – they can absolutely astound you. It’s been a real eye-opener. Now that we have shown we can do this the idea is to run these programmes regularly. I cannot praise The Prince’s Trust enough for the work they do and it’s been a pleasure to be involved in this programme.”

Photographs by Chris Bourchier/Racing Post.