Wednesday February 21, 2018
Pony Racing
To: Members (12 years and Over), Branch DCs, Branch Secretaries, Centre Proprietors – Areas 11 and 13

From: The Pony Club

Purpose: Inform Members of an upcoming workshop in the Racing to School Pony Club Riders Programme

Following a highly successful pilot scheme The Pony Club and Racing to School are continuing to work together on Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme. We are pleased to be able to again offer FREE workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 years and over this coming half term break, and during other school holidays in 2018.

We will be running a Riders’ Programme Event at Sandown Racecourse on Friday 16th February 2018.

The programme is designed to encourage those who already ride and/or have an interest in another equine sphere to further develop their interest in horse sport, and consider horseracing as a potential career path or pastime.

The workshops provide fun and informative activities, aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of horseracing. In addition to sharing their own racing background, throughout the morning, the Racing to School team will take Pony Club Members (and parents) behind the scenes of the racecourse. Gaining access to areas normally restricted; from the inner sanctum of the Weighing Room, to the Stable entrance and Racecourse itself there will be opportunities for a possible meet and greet with a Jockey, to hear first-hand from the Racecourse Management team, Ground staff and the Equine Welfare & Integrity Officers. All this before the thrills and excitement of a full afternoon’s racing!

For those young people hoping to combine their love of horses with a future career, the team will also be able to advise and provide details on how to access the vast range of career choices the horseracing and thoroughbred breeding industries have to offer.

Recent feedback from attendees:

“I am interested because racing looks fun and enjoyable.”

“The whole day was excellent from going behind the scenes, meeting a trainer, clerk of the course and the champion jockey! The team were knowledgeable and friendly, a great day.”

“The day has intrigued me, and made me interested in horseracing.”

“I thought today opened my eyes to the career opportunities inside racing so thank you very much. I would never have considered it before (today.) It was a great afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

“I love the speed and the excitement!”

“Thanks to this experience I now know that there are many more opportunities than being a trainer, jockey, or owner.”

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 20, so will be offered on a first come first served basis. Parents are welcome to join their child(ren) for the activities if they wish.

For more information, and to submit names for registration, please contact:

Ollie McPhail
Carrie Ford

Anyone interested in getting more involved with or are keen to get started Pony Racing please contact me at I have years of experience working in racing and have competed in Pony Racing myself.   If I get a positive response and have enough interest I will look in to putting on some ‘introduction to Pony Racing’ clinics for all you thrill seekers out there!
Let me know! 
Upcoming Training Dates:
Date Venue Apply
14th January Coombelands, South East click here
28th January Highfield Stables, Towcester click here
3rd February Gatehousecote, Scotland click here
4th February Duncrieve, Glenfarg, Perth click here
11th February Braxton Old Hall Farm, North West click here