On the 29th March to the 2nd April 2016 The British Racing School once again hosted their renowned Pony Racing Camp.
10 budding jockeys aged 11 – 15 spend the week at The BRS with their ponies to learn all there is to know about Pony Racing. Their time is spent between honing race riding skills on their ponies and on the racehorse simulators and educational visits to places in Newmarket.
On this course the young riders were treated to a look around at Sir Mark Prescott’s historic yard Heath House which included a fascinating tour from Sir Mark himself. The following day the included a behind scenes look at Newmarket Rowley Mile and a trip up on to the Heath to watch horses work.
As well as the education a high light of the week is Thursday evening when everybody gets to get let their hair down and enjoy an evening of Mounted Games.
We are lucky that jockeys Martin Lane and Adam Beschizza gave up their evening to captain a team each, and this time it was girls versus boys. After a very entertaining hour, with the Jockeys fully immersing themselves in to the spirit of the games with welly races and race on each pony, it was the girls and Martin Lane that shone victorious.
The treat wasn’t over there, the following morning Classic winning jockey who had just returned from Dubai where he saw success in the Dubai Sheema Classic, Andrea Atzeni, joined the youngsters on the gallops. It was a great opportunity for the group to gain some important pointers from a jockey as they galloped upsides.
To bring them back down to earth on the Friday afternoon there were sessions on plaiting and turnout ahead of their Best Turned Out competition on Saturday morning which was judged by Newmarket Trainer Charlie Fellowes. Nia Kerslake and her pony Pick Pocket were the deserved winner of this prize.
The Graduation ceremony included other prize winners, firstly best racing knowledge which went to Paddy Bradley, who scored 100% in all the racing quizzes in record time! The next prize went to the Most Improved rider which included a beautiful silver engraved photo frame from Weatherbys. Jackie Gill, pony racing instructor, couldn’t split so prizes were awarded to Charlotte Butler and Nick Barrat-Atkin.
And finally the award for Outstanding Contribution, which included some PC Racewear Breeches and bronze sponsored by Tattersalls went to Luke Scott. Luke showed a mature attitude throughout the week and put 100% in to everything.
The next BRS pony racing Camp is in August 2016 and is already fully booked, Clare Kingston, Operations Manager, said “we keep saying it but Pony Racing really is going from strength to strength and the level of children coming to us is improving all the time. Last week was a great week, where 10 children from all different backgrounds fully immersed themselves in training. We are extremely grateful to the 3 jockeys Martin Lane, Adam Beschizza and Andrea Atzeni as well as Sir Mark Prescott and Charlie Fellowes who all gave up their time to put the icing on the cake for the jockeys of the future.”