Congratulations – Jonjo O’Neill Jnr is crowned Champion Conditional for 2019/2020

Huge congratulations to #pragraduate Jonjo O’Neill Jnr.  Jonjo was crowned champion conditional with 61 winners.  Enough to also place him 10th overall in the main jump jockeys’ championship too.  He was also 20 winners clear of runner-up and fellow pony racing graduate Ben Jones.




The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the launch of Racing2Learn, a new online e-learning platform for anyone involved with the racing and Thoroughbred breeding industries.

The platform, which has been developed over the last 12 months in collaboration with 1st4Sport Qualifications and the wider racing industry, aims to provide a range of flexible eLearning courses that can be accessed remotely.

Some courses are designed specifically for certain job roles within racing and breeding with more generic courses also available. It is free to use for a limited period and once registered most courses are free to access. Some of the areas covered include:

Horse care
Racehorse welfare
There are also downloadable learning programmes and a calendar of learning and training event. Courses will be updated and new courses added on an ongoing basis.

Each course contains interactive elements and certificates can be achieved which have continuous professional development (CPD) points applied by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Gill Greeves, Vocational Training Manager at the British Horseracing Authority said:

“Today marks the launch of Racing2Learn, a free to use online learning platform designed for all those involved with British racing and breeding.

“Racing2Learn adds an important new feature to the existing comprehensive programme of training and education in our sector. It provides a range of interesting and interactive courses, all certificated and supported by the achievement of CPD points.

“It is our hope that at this challenging time the platform may be of use for people who wish to continue their individual learning and development through remote access to an ever increasing range of courses.”

The platform has been communicated to those working within racing and breeding through their representative organisations, and further information will be available via dedicated social media channels on an ongoing basis.

Click here to access the Racing2Learn website.

Change in Vaccination Requirements for the remainder of the 2020 Season

Following the BHA’s decision yesterday to relax the equine influenza protocols due to COVID-19, the PRA Board has agreed that during the remainder of 2020, for a pony to be eligible to compete in pony races, it will be necessary to have received an approved equine influenza vaccination within the last 12 months, instead of the existing six month requirement. The 12-month approach reflects the policy that was in place in Britain prior to 2019.

We do not know when we will be able to start pony racing but we hope this will be one less thing to worry about over the coming months.

Please read this press release for full details:     BHA Announcement re Vaccinations