We offer two categories of Training Days, allowing for progression.
PRA/PC Training Days
These are a joint training initiative run by the Pony Racing Authority and the Pony Club.
Experienced Pony Club Instructors teach alongside BHA accredited Jockey Coaches and provide the best possible introduction to pony racing. These days not only allow children to ride their own pony in a controlled environment and on the gallops but also provide an insight into balance and control in a forward seat with the simple use of wobble boards, space hoppers and stepping stones, running alongside the use of traditional racing equipment such as an equicisor.
In addition to riding tuition, the training programme includes advice on rider and pony fitness and nutrition, tack guidance and race day procedures and etiquette. These days qualify the combination of the Pony and Rider to compete in a Pony Club or Point to Point Pony Race.
PRA Advanced Qualification Day
This is a second stage training day for those who have 2 or more years pony racing experience. These days focus on the riders’ race riding techniques, fitness and body conditioning as well as diet. Successful completion of the above training day qualifies the rider/pony combination to take part in a Racecourse Series Pony Race (if the rider has completed three Point to Point Races) or a Point-to-Point pony race.
These are run by the PRA and delivered by a BHA Jockey Coach. The groups are much smaller and therefore the focus is on the individual. We also use video analysis of the rider’s races in order to help them with their technique.
British Racing School & Northern Racing School Training
Both the British Racing School (Newmarket) and the Northern Racing School (Doncaster) run pony racing training courses and residential camps. Their courses start with the very basics at Level 1 moving on to Level 3.
Level 1 & 2 are designed for beginners with no formal qualification being given for attending. However they are there to provide an introduction and insight into the world of pony racing and if having attended one of these the individual’s appetite has been wet, you can attend a Level 3 course, which if completed successfully permits a combination to enter and run in a Point-to-Point Pony race.