Sunday December 16, 2018


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Afghan war veteran makes history as he is given jockey’s licence by British horse-racing chiefs

Guy Disney, a former army officer with the Light Dragoons who lost his leg from the knee down in Helmand, persuades officials his artificial limb will pose no safety threat

One-legged jockey Guy Disney

Afghan war veteran Guy Disney has been granted a jockey’s licence



Pony Racing Camp Report, by Jake Launchbury


I was very honoured and lucky to be awarded a bursary for a week at the British Racing school at the area 9 Pony Club racing day at Cheltenham Racecourse in April, so off I went to brush up on my riding skills……and to top it off I was awarded the trophy for outstanding performance!

This was my third time at a British Racing school Pony  camp – they really are that much fun! The facilities and instruction are second to none and my riding and confidence improves massively on each visit. Each day after mucking out the ponies we worked on the gallops, and the equicizers, which helped show how fit and strong you need to be to ride a race and at the end of each day we reviewed video footage taken of us – This was particularly useful in showing areas we could improve on.

The food is great, and the rooms are fantastic – clean and comfortable, each having our own ensuite single room with a TV and radio alarm clock. Lights out are at 10pm but after such busy days I don’t think I saw 10pm! We had a mounted games evening with jockeys  Christian Williams and Denis O’Regan,  with Christian giving my pony Berlingo her first taste of mounted games!  It was very kind of them to give up their time – I think it’s fair to say that most of us were in awe of playing games with our heroes! We had a sports night where we played hockey, had a treasure hunt and tug of war – no evening was unfilled (and also ensured we slept well!).

We went to watch the horses on the Warren Hill gallops – It’s quite a sight seeing so many horses coming from so many directions, and we learned which yard they came from by the colour of their hat silks and had a tour of the Rowley Mile racecourse. The visit to  Godolphins yard was amazing! We saw their spa, watched a horse swim and met Dubawi and Colour Vision,  and were given a fantastic goody bag to take away with us. To top it off, we got to ride up the gallops with Paul Hannagan – pictures of which will be treasured. The last day Mikael Barzalona came and judged the best turned out which was won by a boy for a change – well done William!
Michael, Jackie, Gemma , Claire and Sharon looked after us brilliantly, keeping everything safe, educational and FUN. The effort the BRS make into ensuring our week was memorable is immense, and the kindness of professional jockeys and trainers to take time out really completes the experience. I’ve made lots of friends and learned a lot through racing camp and would recommend it to everyone. My parents stayed in Newmarket doing the “tourist” thing for the week, and with Tom Jones playing at the Newmarket Nights race meet, they thoroughly enjoyed Pony camp week too!


I can’t thank NCHPC enough for giving me this opportunity for furthering my ability in what I hope to be my future career.Jake Launchbury.