The PRA announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive

The PRA are delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Rawson as Chief Executive.

Fiona will take over from Clarissa Daly in March 2024. Clarissa is standing down after 11 very rewarding years in the role in March 2024

Fiona has worked in Scottish sport for a number of years, most recently as Education and Development manager for horsescotland. Fiona commented: “I am delighted at the opportunity to take forward the PRA, the steps the team have taken to create such an inclusive pathway into Pony Racing was what attracted me to the role, as I am passionate about young people being able to access and develop skills within Equestrianism.  I’m looking forward to working with all the PRA team, members and partners to celebrate the current achievements and to continue to develop the organisation going forward.”

Simon Claisse, Chairman of the PRA, said, “We are delighted to appoint Fiona as the new Chief Executive. Her experience in working across all the disciplines of equestrian sport but with a focus on education, means she has the exact skills required to take pony racing forward.

The PRA has established itself as the junior league of racing – introducing young jockeys to the industry through the Rider Pathway into Horseracing. We are proud of all we have achieved over the last 15 years and I look forward to working with Fiona to ensure the sport continues to thrive in the future.

I would like to thank Clarissa Daly for all she has done for the PRA over the last 11 years. The ranks of alumni are testament to the success of pony racing along with over 300 children who didn’t own their own ponies being able to participate in pony races. Clarissa has positioned the PRA as the main point of entry for riders into the industry.”

Notes to Editors:

The PRA was started in 2007 following the 2004 review into Jump Racing. The PRA is responsible for pony races at over 50 Point-to-Point fixtures and 20 Racecourses through the summer as part of the Dragon (TV & Film) Studios Series.

Currently 50% of the leading top 20 Jump jockeys started in pony racing and 25% of the leading top 20 flat jockeys. 

5 graduates of PRA Academies, for riders’ who don’t own their own pony, are currently riding as professional or amateur jockeys. Over 20 Academy graduates are working full or part-time in the industry.

Since pony racing began in Great Britain our alumni have gone on to ride as both professional and amateur jockeys, some have gone on to take out a licence to train racehorses and others work in various areas in racing, including a Clerk of the Course. Pony racing is proven to provide a good grounding and a good introduction to horse racing.

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