Pony Club classroom on course at Hamilton Park

Monday 3rd July saw youngsters from a Lanark Pony Club saddle-up for a behind-the-scenes tour of Hamilton Park Racecourse.

Members of the Lanark and Upperward Pony Club visited the Lanarkshire venue, as part of their Pony Club Camp, ahead of the Monday Night Football Racenight for an action-filled activity day, in association with the education charity, Racing to School.

The children, aged 4 to 16, enjoyed a unique experience and workshop. They visited key areas of the racecourse normally restricted to the public, including the weighing room and stables, before watching all seven races.

The young riders were taught about how jockeys weigh in and out for races and how the handicapping system works; they also got to see the identification checks and veterinary facilities for the horses.

Vivien Currie, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “It’s great for the children to see first-hand the work and planning that goes into every meeting here at Hamilton Park Racecourse. Although they have lots of experience dealing with ponies we hope this will help promote career options within the racing industry, whether it be becoming a jockey, trainer, farrier or vet.

“We are proud to support the initiative and the team enjoyed giving the Pony Club members a real insight into our sport on the evening.”

The event was well timed to coincide with Racing Staff week, which highlights the significant contribution of all those that work in yards and at racecourses.