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Over 150 riders have graduated from Pony Racing and are now jockeys with many more also working within the horseracing industry.

If you are aged 9-15 then you too can have a go! Whether a first timer or an experienced young jockey the PRA hosts many races around the country for ponies and riders of all abilities and experience so don’t be put off if you have never done it before. If you are new to Pony Racing and want to have a go for the first time, you don’t even need to have to own your own pony to take part (Youth Training Scheme).

The Pony Racing Authority (PRA) was founded in 2007 as the sport’s Governing Body with particular responsibility for ensuring the sport’s integrity and safety. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in Pony Racing, with over 100 Pony Racing fixtures over the year held at Racecourses and Point to Point Courses.

Pony Racing is not only a good grounding for future jockeys but also acts as a springboard to other careers in the horse racing industry.

The PRA’s key aims are:

  • To encourage a wider spectrum of young British enthusiasts to consider developing a career in racing
  • To encourage 9-15 year olds to sample the experience of a race day
  • To promote the development of British jockeys to equal the experience and competence gained by Irish jockeys in this field
  • To look to develop the interest of young people in urban areas not typically associated with horseracing


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