We offer two categories of Training Days, allowing for progression.
All upcoming Training Days will be COVID-secure and run following the latest Government Guidance for Covid-19.
Training Days are an opportunity to bring along your pony and try pony racing, learn about the balance and fitness required, how to position yourself in a race, line up at the start, hold your reins and have a brilliant time. They are also an opportunity for each pony and jockey combination attending to qualify for the coming pony racing season.
As we look forward to the 2021 pony racing season we have been planning our Training Days to keep in line with Government Guidelines and ensure the safety of everyone taking part. Please note that measures may change at the last minute.
Currently, we will be asking everyone attending to abide by social distancing, ensure they do not attend if they are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been anyone experiencing any symptoms and sign a waiver to this effect. All equipment will be sanitised between uses and we ask that children are accompanied by only one adult who must remain by their vehicle during the sessions with the jockey returning to them for their pony and/or refreshments. Group sizes will also be massively reduced to a maximum of 4 or 5 children in each group.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO QUALIFY 2 PONIES ON A DAY, WE ASK THAT YOU CONTACT US IN ADVANCE TO MAKE SURE THIS WILL WORK AROUND THE VENUE AND GROUPS IN PLACE.
Ponies above the age of 20 may attend days for children to try pony racing but please remember that they will not be able to take part in any pony race. Ponies/Horses above 148cm may also attend with permission but, as with ponies who are over age, they will not be allowed to race. All ponies attending must be vaccinated for Equine Influenza with a booster in the last 12 months and this must be done at least 6 full clear days before the Training Day.
Children must be aged 9 to pony race but we are happy for children to qualify from the age of 8 if they will be turning 9 during the next season. If you have younger children wishing to attend, please get in touch as it may be possible for them to attend the day on foot or for us to run a taster day in your area for them and other children.
We plan to run more Training Days than usual to ensure that every child needing to qualify for next season has the opportunity to do so. To achieve this, we ask that you do not leave it until the last minute to try and book or find a day but take the opportunity to qualify as early as possible. There are some venues where we may run a morning and afternoon session and this will be advertised on the website. You can also train in any region.
If there are no days planned near you or no spaces left on days, please email us here so we can look at arranging further opportunities.
Below you can see a description of the different types of Training Day on offer plus dates upcoming.
PRA/PC Training & Qualification Days
These are a joint training initiative run by the Pony Racing Authority and the Pony Club. The majority of Training Days are PRA/PC ones and you can see this in their given title.
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 can qualify the combination of the Pony and Rider to compete in a Pony Club or Point to Point Pony Race. Book your place here on the PRA website.
PRA Advanced Training & 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 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. Book via the PRA website.
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.
Watch the video below to see some of the action on a PRA/PC Training Day….
Checkout the upcoming dates
Some jockeys may wish to have additional training with a Jockey Coach. For further information on BHA Qualified Jockey Coaches click here.
Training Day Costs and Cancellation Fees:
- Entry fee for the day per rider/pony combination – £30.
- Entry fee if attending on foot only – £15 (Please arrange by email – subject to availability).
- Rider/pony combination withdrawn before the entries close (2 weeks before) – £2.50 admin fee retained, £27.50 refunded.
- Rider/Pony combination withdrawn after entries close but 48 hours before the day – £5 admin fee retained, £25 refunded.
- Rider/pony combination withdrawn within 48 hours of the day, not including the day of training WITH a Vet Cert or Doctors Note – £5 admin fee retained, £25 refunded OR option to offer a place on foot for the attendee if they aren’t the one ‘off games’ at £15 with £15 being refunded.
- Rider/pony combination withdrawn within 48 hours of the day, not including the day of training WITHOUT a vet cert or doctors note – £15 admin fee retained, £15 refunded.
- No show on the day – full entry fee kept.
- Day postponed and rider/pony combination unable to attend the new date – free transfer to a different Training Day OR £2.50 admin fee retained, £27.50 refunded. Replies must be made within the specified time frame.
- Day cancelled – £2.50 admin fee retained, £27.50 refunded.
If you have entered the wrong day in error, please contact us within 48 hours and we can refund the entry minus a £1 processing fee for you to re-enter the correct day.