British Racing School
The British Racing School is one of the two horseracing schools in the United Kingdom. Established in 1983, it is a charitable trust, providing training for young people working in the horseracing industry.
The school is based in Newmarket, Suffolk, and offers a wide range of courses for budding jockeys, apprentices, racehorse trainers, work riders and racing secretaries. It also runs the Pony Racing Academy and bi-annual Pony Racing Camps for children aged between 11 and 16 who wish to compete in the growing sport of Pony Racing.
The British Racing School first started in 1969 at Great Bookham in Surrey before moving to the National Equestrian Centre at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. In 1979 it moved again to the Earl of March’s Goodwood Estate until finally a permanent base was set up in Newmarket at the 120-acre site just north of the town centre.
The school costs around £3 million per year to run and relies on charitable donations and government funding via the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency (EFA), which accounts for approximately 65 per cent of income for delivering the Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care and Advanced Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care and Management. Twenty per cent of funding is generated from course fees, including courses for jockeys, racehorse trainers, racing secretaries, management training and Pony Racing, as well as training courses for jockeys from overseas. The remainder of the income is generated from the trading arm, BRS Training Limited, a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary of the British Racing School which operates a conference facility from its site in Newmarket.
Graduates of the British Racing School include:
Paul Hanagan, former champion Flat jockey
Ryan Mania, Grand National-winning jockey
Seb Sanders, former champion Flat jockey
Sam Thomas, Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey
Willie Carson (jnr), Flat jockey
Jason Weaver, Classic-winning Flat jockey