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Racing to School Riders’ Programme –  Lingfield Racecourse, Monday 17th February 2020

Sent to: Members (Age 12 and Over), Branch DCs, Branch Secretaries, Centre Proprietors – Areas 11, 12, 13, 14
From: The Pony Club Office

Would you like to find out more about careers in the horseracing industry?

Following a highly successful pilot scheme, The Pony Club and Racing to School are continuing to work together on the Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme! We are pleased to be able to offer FREE workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 and over during the February half term holiday.

We will be running a Riders’ Programme Event at Lingfield Racecourse on Monday 17th February 2020.

The events take place on a raceday and parents are encouraged to stay and participate and will also gain FREE entry to the racecourse.

The programme is designed to encourage those who already ride and/or have an interest in other equine spheres, to further develop their interest in Horseracing and consider Racing as a potential career path or pastime. The workshops provide fun and informative activities, aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of Racing. The Racing to School’s Team will take Pony Club Members (and parents/guardians) behind the scenes of the Racecourse. Gaining access to normally restricted areas such as the Weighing Room, Stable entrance and the 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 and 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 can also advise and provide details on how to access the vast range of career choices the Horseracing and Thoroughbred Breeding Industries have to offer.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply for a place, please contact Ollie McPhail on ollie@racingtoschool.co.uk

Please include: Name & Age of Pony Club Member(s) attending, and the name of their Pony Club Branch/Centre.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 20 and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Apply Now

Previous Feedback

“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.”




Clare Boardman

Sports & Competitions Manager

Pony Racing Secretary 

DDI: 02476 698301


GEORGE CRATE of the Surrey Union Pony Club has now won at every single group track in England apart from Epsom.  The tracks include Newmarket, Ascot, Goodwood, Newbury etc.  In 2011 he won the Champion Jockey and Champion Pony and has now won the Champion Jockey title 3 years in a row.  He has a total of 57 wins which hasn’t been achieved by anyone else, the closest is 37.

Message from George: “Pony Racing season starts soon it is not too late to get involved just visit www.pra.gb.com for how to become a member.  Racing is the best thing in my eyes in terms of horse riding you go flat out all the way.  They are now introducing a new form of pony racing for people who dont want to take it seriously and for the ponies that have never done pony racing before e.g a pony club pony or hunting pony. Your pony has to be either 138cm or below or 148cm or below.   Through racing I have met some amazing people and love every bit of it.  If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them (email pcwebsite@btinternet.com or send George a message on Facebook).  Even pony club LEGEND Jamie Butt has done pony racing and he is the biggest wimp you will ever meet (!) but he always tells me he loved it.  After all we need some one to represent the Surrey Union Pony Club and to take them to victory after my pony racing days are over.”