The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that after a successful pilot, the Jockey Coaching Programme is now to become a permanent initiative within the Racing industry. The Programme is designed to further improve the skills of young jockeys and to develop them as all round sports people and is now managed by the British Racing School on behalf on the BHA.
Jockeys attending the Northern Racing College and British Racing School Apprentice and Conditional Courses will each be allocated a Jockey Coach as part of the |Programme. The jockey coach's role will include one-to-one tuition, supervised course walks and post race analysis. Apprentice and Conditional Jockeys will receive coaching in all aspects of their careers from technical support, motivation, confidence, fitness and communication skills. Jockeys will receive coaching until they have ridden out their claim with the principal aim of ensuring each apprentice and conditional can reach their full potential.
All Jockey Coaches are UKCC qualified in order to keep in line with mainstream sports and will provide the jockeys with approximately two hour one-to-one session twice a month. In addition, all of the Jockey Coaches have previously had very successful professional careers themselves (see below).
Some of the qualified Jockey Coaches include:
Mick Fitzgerald: Mick was an Irish National Hunt Jockey who rode mainly in Great Britain for Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson. Mick has a CV to envy with wins in the Grand National aboard Rough Quest and the Gold Cup on See More Business for the current Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls.
Graham Lee: Graham is currently one of the leading National Hunt jockeys and stable jockey to Ferdy Murphy. Graham's finest hour came in the 2004 Grand National winning aboard Amberleigh House. Graham also won the first of Inglis Drever's three World Hurdle wins at Cheltenham.
Kevin Darley: Kevin had an extremely successful riding career on the flat, winning the Champion Apprentice title in 1978 and winning the Champion Flat Jockeys title in 2000. Kevin's incredible record on the flat, includes 26 Group 1s, 16 Royal Ascot winners and over 2,500 career wins.
John Reid: Originally from Ireland, John's glittering career started with his first Classic win in the 1,000 Guineas aboard On The House in 1982. John also recorded wins in the Epsom Derby on Dr Devious in 1992, two wins in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Tony Bin, the St Leger on Nedawi and a second 1,000 Guineas in addition to 48 other international Group 1 races. John recieved and MBE in 1997 for his contribution to racing.
Richard Perham: Richard started as an apprentice to Champion Trainer Richard Hannon and accumulated over 230 winners during his time in the saddle. Ridding a winner for her majesty the Queen is sure to rank high on his list of achievements.
Jimmy Bleasdale: Jimmy is a former Champion Apprentice and was Champion Northern Jockey riding 90 winners. Between 1978 and 1987 he rode 7 Classic winners in India and Singapore, including back to back Singapore Derby successes.
Michael Tebbutt: Michael came from a showing jumping and hunting background but soon realised racing was his passion. During his career Michael managed to ride a winner on every flat track in the UK and also several jumps tracks. Throughout his career Michael rode 10 Group races including wins a Royal Ascot.
For further information on the Jockey Coaching Scheme, please contact Clare Higgins 01638 675907 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .