Training Providers and Open Days

Take a look at the industry's training providers which offer fantastic training across a variety of levels; from apprenticeships to management courses. You can attend an Open Day too.

National Horseracing College

Offering a range of courses at all levels for people who are looking to start a career in racing and for those who are currently working in the industry wishing to develop their qualifications and skills.

Based in Yorkshire, the National Horseracing College (NHC) offers a range of courses including Apprenticeships, Jockey License Courses, Racehorse Trainer Modules, Supervisory Skills and Admin Courses, Pony Racing, 14 to 16 Work Related Training and Bespoke Training.

Open Days

The National Horseracing College holds Open Mornings every month. Come and view the college yourself.  They provide young people, their parents, guardians, carers and career advisors with the opportunity to have a look around the College and to meet the learners, who are currently on the foundation course. The morning includes:

  • a visit the gallops for a riding demonstration
  • meet the horses, see their history in racing and what habits each one has
  • a tour of the accommodation
  • have a go on the horse simulators.

Next Available Dates 2022

  • Friday 29th Jul 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm
  • Friday 26th Aug 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday 14th Sep 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm
  • Friday 28th Oct 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm
  • Friday 25th Nov 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm
  • Friday 16th Dec 2022 - 10:15am-12:30pm

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Registration is required. For more information and further dates visit

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British Racing School

A racing school based in Suffolk, the British Racing School is a centre of excellence for training in the racing industry.

The British Racing School (BRS) has an impressive range of facilities, which includes two gallops, schooling facilities, starting stalls and an indoor and outdoor arena. Students doing residential courses also have access to an onsite gym and the canteen provides a healthy selection of food for students.

There are a variety of courses and training opportunities on offer from Racehorse Care Apprenticeships to Licensed Jockey Courses and Racehorse Trainers Modules.

For those who don't wish to ride but wish to work at a Trainer's yard, the BRS offers secretary/admin courses as well as yard based courses. Other courses offered include Management Training and The Racing Industry Course, designed to further participants knowledge of the racing industry and work of key racing bodies.

Open Days

To find out more about the training and courses on offer, come and visit the BRS on an Open Day.  You will:

  • meet the horses, see their history in racing and what habits each  one has
  • visit a racing yard in town (Newmarket)
  • view the accommodation
  • have a go on the racehorse simulators.

Next Available Dates 2022

Then next year we will revert to in person visits and we’ve got the following dates in the diary:

Thursday 28th July

Thursday 27th October

Thursday 22nd December

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The National Stud

A working stud which offers training courses for people who have a passion for the thoroughbred breeding industry.

The courses are aimed at those wishing to enter the industry or develop existing skills, combining practical experience with theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to gain industry qualifications.

The two main residential courses run at The National Stud each year are:

Entry to Stud Employment Programme (Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Racehorse Care - Breeding Option) - Entry level course combining nine weeks instruction at The National Stud with a paid 6 to 9 month supervised work placement.

The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management - A five month residential course covering the thoroughbred breeding season.

The National Stud Education Open Morning

Want to work in the Thoroughbred breeding industry but not sure where to start? You now have the chance to find out more with the upcoming Educational Open Morning taking place at the National Stud on Saturday 13th August 2022  from 10am. To book your place all you need to do is register at

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Scottish Racing Academy

Courses are recognised by the British Horseracing Authority for the delivery of specialist racehorse care qualifications in Scotland.

The Scottish Racing Academy provides students with vital knowledge, skills and expertise in racehorse care, riding, exercise and industry regulations to progress and develop a career within the horseracing industry. The courses have been designed to cater for all abilities, from individuals already working within the sector and wishing to upskill, to new entrants and school leavers.

Open Days

The Scottish Racing Academy are holding a Virtual Open Day with the SRUC on 5th June 2020, please contact to find out more or to book your place.

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Haddon Training

Haddon Training are a work-based training provider, located in Hungerford, who provide Level 2 and Level 3 Racing Apprenticeships

They are a BHA approved, experienced work-based training provider, who offer Racing Apprenticeships throughout England and Wales.

Haddon Training provide the opportunity for people who would like to enter or develop their career in racing. They believe that an apprenticeship in racing is not just about gaining a qualification, it is also about building a future, creating a path, and fulfilling dreams.

Their apprenticeships are entirely yard-based and they closely oversee the training of each student.  They have highly experienced Trainer Coaches who regularly visit their students at their workplace to ensure they reach their potential.  To find out more contact Haddon Training today.

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