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

Friday 1st November 2019

Friday 29th November 2019

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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

Thursday 31st October 2019

Saturday 30th November 2019

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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.

Haddon Training

Haddon Training are a work-based training provider, located in Marlborough, who provide Level 2 and Level 3 Racehorse Care Apprenticeships.

Haddon training provides the opportunity for Racehorse Trainers to develop and train their jockeys and staff to their own requirements.

Haddon Training oversee the training of the student and their assessors visit the student at their workplace to ensure they reach the required standard. 

A Haddon Training Apprenticeship would be a suitable option for a student who is experienced at riding and caring for racehorses and already has many of required skills.


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