Top graduates rewarded by the Twelve Club

17th Aug 2016 | News

British Racing School graduates Finley Marsh and Kate Phizacklea have won the Twelve Club Awards for 2015.

Presented to the best male and female trainee graduate, the awards are made annually by the Twelve Club, which is made up of owners, trainers and racing enthusiasts. The winners are selected by the Instructional staff at BRS.

Finley Marsh, who works for Richard Hughes, and Kate Phizacklea, a member of Dan Skelton’s team, received their awards – silver engraved collared whips and a cash prize – from Richard Lavelle – Chairman of The Twelve Club (and Emma Lavelle’s father) at Newbury Racecourse on Friday 12th August.

Finley, 17, hails from Somerset and completed his course at the BRS in September 2015. On applying to join the BRS, Finley had been riding for 2 years at a local Riding Centre and also working for Trainer, Jeremy Gask during weekends and holidays.  Finley came to the BRS with excellent school reports and references. Whilst at the BRS, Finley was chosen as “Head Lad” of his course, showing maturity and completing tasks to the highest of standards.  He was extremely polite and professional.  His riding progressed and became a confident rider also showing natural ability.

Following his BRS stay, Finley has joined Richard Hughes yard in Lambourn where he continues to progress and make huge strides towards his ambition to become a jockey.  He is back at the BRS next week for the Apprentice Licence course.

Kate, an 22-year-old from Dalton-In-Furness, Cumbria completed the course in June 2015 and has been a really welcome addition to Dan Skelton’s team of staff, and within a year Kate has proven herself and been made up to Head Girl of the second yard.  We are delighted to hear this as at her interview in August 2014 she told us her 3 year ambition was to become a Head Girl.

Kate had ridden for a number of years prior to applying for a place at the BRS.  Also being part of the Pony Club and owning her own ex racehorse.  Having attended race meetings at her local racecourse, Cartmel since a young age, she always loved the thrill of racing.  Kate visited a stand at a college convention and decided to apply for a place.

During her time at The BRS Kate showed from day one that she is a very determined and driven young lady who wants to make a career in racing.  She was given extra responsibilities as Head Girl of her course.

Many congratulations to Finley and to Kate and our heartfelt thanks to the Twelve Club for their continued support and sponsorship of the annual awards.


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