Course Dates

All course dates are subject to postponement during the ongoing Covid-19 situation

View the upcoming Courses and Training dates at the various industry Training Providers.

  • August, 2022

  • Jockey Training

    All prospective applicants must pass a Pre-Licence Assessment before being considered for a place on the main jockeys’ courses for apprentices and conditionals. The day comprises of a fitness test, riding assessment and one to one discussions with our Jockey Coaches.

    The aim of these changes is to better equip jockeys with the necessary technical skills as they progress through the early stages of their career and to meet their personal development needs.

    Application forms to secure a place on these one day assessment courses are available from Georgina Ridal, call 01302 861000 or email g.ridal@theNHC.co.uk or click on application form button.

    Dates
    Monday 13th Jun 2022 – For Apprentices, at the NHC
    Thursday 18th Aug 2022 – For Conditionals, at the NHC
    Monday 3rd Oct 2022 – For Apprentices, at the NHC

    01302 861000
    info@theNHC.co.uk

  • September, 2022

  • Assistant Trainer

    13th -15th September 2022 at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

    The Assistant Trainers Course is a residential course run over three days. The aim of this course is to illustrate the importance of an assistant trainers’ role both in the yard and on the racecourse.  This course is suitable for Head Grooms as well as Assistants.  A recommendation from the trainer or a CV proving sufficient experience must accompany an application.

    The course includes:

    • Staff Management
    • Handicapping
    • Media Training
    • Health and Safety
    • Racing Welfare
    • BHA’s Licensing and Security functions
    • Weatherbys Operations and the Rules

    To find out more information or for an application to attend the Assistant Trainers course with The British Racing School please contact courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.

     

  • Jockey Training

    The Conditional Jockeys licence allows riders aged between 16 and 26 years old, who are in full time paid employment with a UK based Licensed Racehorse Trainer to ride in Jump races against professional jockeys, but with a weight allowance to compensate for their inexperience.

    As part of the application, the prospective jockey is required to attend, and satisfactorily complete, a two-week course at either the National Horseracing College or the British Racing School. They must also undergo a medical examination and meet the Medical Standards for ‘Fitness to Ride’ and the Assessment of Concussion protocol.

    The Course

    During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following:

    • Riding Work and Giving Feedback
    • Diet and Nutrition
    • Principles of schooling and jumping
    • Sports Science
    • Rules and Regulations
    • Integrity

    There also practical elements to the course:

    • Riding work
    • Schooling
    • Fitness assessment
    • Simulator assessment

    On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority

    How To Apply

    For a place this course please apply to The British Horseracing Authority on:

    The Licensing Team, The British Horseracing Authority, 75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS

     020 7152 0145
     licensing@britishhorseracing.com

  • October, 2022

  • Jockey Training

    All prospective applicants must pass a Pre-Licence Assessment before being considered for a place on the main jockeys’ courses for apprentices and conditionals. The day comprises of a fitness test, riding assessment and one to one discussions with our Jockey Coaches.

    The aim of these changes is to better equip jockeys with the necessary technical skills as they progress through the early stages of their career and to meet their personal development needs.

    Application forms to secure a place on these one day assessment courses are available from Georgina Ridal, call 01302 861000 or email g.ridal@theNHC.co.uk or click on application form button.

    Dates
    Monday 13th Jun 2022 – For Apprentices, at the NHC
    Thursday 18th Aug 2022 – For Conditionals, at the NHC
    Monday 3rd Oct 2022 – For Apprentices, at the NHC

    01302 861000
    info@theNHC.co.uk

  • Racing Secretary Course

    Racing Secretary Course

    11th – 13th October 2022 at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

    Suitable for existing Racing Secretaries new to racing or anyone considering working as a Racing Secretary.

    It provides knowledge of the role of a racing secretary and is run over three days, with speakers ranging from organisations such as the International Racing Bureau (IRB), the National Trainers Federation (NTF), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Weatherbys. An experienced and well established racing secretary will give a practical insight into fulfilling this demanding role.

    It will cover:

    The Structure of Racing
    Health and Safety – BHA Red Book explained
    NTF Employment Guide, The NASS/NTF Agreement and Racing Administration
    BHA – The Rules of Racing
    Weatherbys involvement with racing
    International Racing Bureau
    General Payroll
    Transport Qualifications explained
    European Breeders Fund

    To apply please download an application form here RacSec Application Form 2021 or email courses@brs.org.uk or call 01638 501820.

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence Course – Module 1: Racehorse Management

    24th October to 28th October at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £945 (including 5 nights accommodation), £910 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    To find out more information or for an application to attend the Trainers Module – 1 with The British Racing School please contact courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.

     

  • November, 2022

  • Yard Managers

    Yard Managers Course

    9th – 10th November 2022 at The British Racing School

    A 2-day management course suitable for anyone supervising staff in a racing yard/stud farm.

    This course is run over two days and covers aspects of:

    Communication
    Handling conflict
    Employment law
    Motivation
    Team building
    Styles of leadership

    The course isn’t just a ‘sit down and listen’ course; delegates are encouraged to get involved in discussion and practical tasks.

    (Please note, this course does not cover topics relating to horse care)

    Please download an application form here Yard Managers Application Form or email courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 501820

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence – Module 2 Business Skills

    14th – 18th November 2022 at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £945 (including 5 nights accommodation), £910 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    To find out more information or for an application to attend the Trainers Module – 2 with The British Racing School please contact courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.

  • Jockey Training

    The Apprentice Jockeys licence allows riders aged between 16 and 26 years old, who are in full time paid employment with a UK based Licensed Racehorse Trainer to ride in flat races against professional jockeys, but with a weight allowance to compensate for their inexperience.

    As part of the application, the prospective jockey is required to attend, and satisfactorily complete, a two-week course at either the National Horseracing College or the British Racing School. They must also undergo a medical examination and meet the Medical Standards for ‘Fitness to Ride’ and the Assessment of Concussion protocol.

    The Course

    During the course you will be lectured and assessed on the following:

    • Riding Work and Giving Feedback
    • Diet and Nutrition
    • Principles of schooling and jumping
    • Sports Science
    • Rules and Regulations
    • Integrity

    There also practical elements to the course:

    • Riding work
    • Stalls
    • Fitness assessment
    • Simulator assessment

    On completion of this course a report will be written and forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority

    How To Apply
    For a place this course please apply to The British Horseracing Authority on:

    The Licensing Team, The British Horseracing Authority, 75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS

    020 7152 0145
    licensing@britishhorseracing.com

  • December, 2022

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence – Module 3: Staff Management

    5th – 8th December 2022 at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £895 (including 5 nights accommodation), £870 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    For more information and application forms, please contact Di Farrell-Thomas, The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU. Tel 01638 665103 or email: courses@brs.org.uk

  • Racing Secretary Course

    The Racing Secretaries Course is designed to provide aspiring secretaries and newly appointed secretaries with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the trainer’s secretary, the structure of the racing industry and racing administration.

    The two-day course provides a thorough grounding and allows candidates the opportunity to talk directly with key personnel from organisations such as Weatherbys, the National Trainers Federation, the British Horseracing Authority and the International Racing Bureau.

    Dates
    Monday 12th Dec 2022 – Tuesday 13th Dec 2022
    Cost
    £165.00 (inc VAT), payable in advance to ‘NHC Trading Ltd’.

    Places on this much sought after course are limited. Please contact Georgina Ridal for further details or to register your interest.
    01302 861000
    g.ridal@theNHC.co.uk

  • Jockey Training

    Amateur Rider Category A Assessment April – December 2022

    TRAINING FOR AMATEUR RIDERS

    NHC holds training seminars for new Amateur Riders wishing to ride under the Rules of Racing. The seminar is run over one day and is designed to provide future Amateur Riders with information about their role and responsibilities on the Racecourse. The Seminar day is theory based.

    CATEGORY A SEMINAR

    The seminar is run over one day and is designed to provide future Amateur Riders with information about their role and responsibilities on the Racecourse. The Seminar day is theory based.

    CONTENT INCLUDES

    • Racecourse procedures / visit to the weighing room
    • BHA Rules of Racing
    • BHA Security – Inside information
    • Principles of Schooling and Jumping
    • Amateur Jockeys Association
    • Simulator Session

    The cost of the Seminar Day is £125 inclusive of all refreshments and lunch. If you require accommodation this is £25 per night for bed and breakfast.

    CATEGORY A ASSESSMENT

    The BHA in conjunction with the NHC and the BRS have produced a short video outlining all the disciplines which you should have had previous experience in prior to your assessment. It also covers all the other elements of the assessment process. Please see the video above or click here to view the pre-assessment film.

    The applicant must have already attended a Category A Seminar. As part of the assessment, the applicant will be required to undertake an evaluation of their fitness.

    The applicant must be proficient and experienced in the following:

    • Control: Judgment will be made on the rider’s ability to control a racehorse at speed. The rider should be able to restrain the horse (whilst keeping the horse and him/her self in a balanced position) alongside another horse and rider on the gallop. The rider should be able to slow the horse down to a speed required when asked.
    • Jumping: For a Jumping only license the rider will need to be able to school over race type hurdles at speed, without unduly hindering the horse.
    • Stalls: For a Flat only license the rider should be capable of jumping a horse out of the stalls without unduly hindering their or other horse’s progress and direction. The BHA in conjunction with the NHC and the BRS have produced a short video outlining all the disciplines which you should have had previous experience in prior to your assessment. It also covers all the other elements of the assessment process. Please see video at top of the page.

    Dates
    Wednesday 13th Apr 2022 – Thursday 14th Apr 2022 – Seminar Day & Assessment Day
    Wednesday 29th Jun 2022 – Thursday 30th Jun 2022 – Seminar Day & Assessment Day
    Wednesday 31st Aug 2022 – Thursday 1st Sep 2022 – Seminar Day & Assessment Day
    Wednesday 19th Oct 2022 – Thursday 20th Oct 2022 – Seminar Day & Assessment Day
    Wednesday 14th Dec 2022 – Thursday 15th Dec 2022 – Seminar Day & Assessment Day
    For further information or to book please contact Georgina Ridal:
    01302 861000
    g.ridal@theNHC.co.uk

     

  • February, 2023

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence Course – Module 1: Racehorse Management

    24th October to 28th October at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £945 (including 5 nights accommodation), £910 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    To find out more information or for an application to attend the Trainers Module – 1 with The British Racing School please contact courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.

  • Racing Secretary Course

    Racing Secretary Course

    21st – 23rd February 2023 at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

    Suitable for existing Racing Secretaries new to racing or anyone considering working as a Racing Secretary.

    It provides knowledge of the role of a racing secretary and is run over three days, with speakers ranging from organisations such as the International Racing Bureau (IRB), the National Trainers Federation (NTF), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Weatherbys. An experienced and well established racing secretary will give a practical insight into fulfilling this demanding role.

    It will cover:

    The Structure of Racing
    Health and Safety – BHA Red Book explained
    NTF Employment Guide, The NASS/NTF Agreement and Racing Administration
    BHA – The Rules of Racing
    Weatherbys involvement with racing
    International Racing Bureau
    General Payroll
    Transport Qualifications explained
    European Breeders Fund

    To apply please download an application form here RacSec Application Form 2021 or email courses@brs.org.uk or call 01638 501820.

  • March, 2023

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence – Module 3: Staff Management

    20th – 23rd March 2023 at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £945 (including 5 nights accommodation), £910 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    To find out more information or for an application to attend the Trainers Module – 1 with The British Racing School please contact courses@brs.org.uk or telephone 01638 675907.

     

  • Trainers Licence

    Trainers Licence – Module 2 Business Skills

    27th February – 3rd March 2023 at The British Racing School in Newmarket

    The cost for each module is £945 (including 5 nights accommodation), £910 (including 4 nights accommodation) or £770 (with no accommodation)

    For more information and application forms, please contact Di Thomas, The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU. Tel 01638 665103 or email: courses@brs.org.uk

  • May, 2023

  • Step on Track Programme - Register your interest now!

    The Step on Track Programme is a free development programme for 16 -19 year-olds. The programme is aimed at those from an ethnic background to allow them to explore the vast amount of opportunities and exciting career routes in the sport of horseracing.

    The Step On Track has been developed in response to the underrepresented groups British racing and aims to engage young people from diverse backgrounds with Britain’s second largest spectator sport, as well as showcasing the varied and exciting career opportunities that it can provide.

    For more details contact Sean Simara, Programme Coordinator, ssimara@britishhorseracing.com or simply fill out the application form here.

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