Racing to School launches new Riders’ Programme booklet

Racing to School’s successful Riders’ Programme is now supported by its own bespoke booklet for participants who already have a connection with the horse but for whom the workings and opportunities of racing are still to be discovered.

The new booklet has been designed by the charity and our colleagues at Careers in Racing to give a step-by-step guide to some of the avenues available in the sport, and to act as a recap on the activity day they will have enjoyed.

The booklet was launched at Haydock Park on October 19th and Bangor-on-dee on October 30th and sports a front cover illustration kindly donated by equine cartoonist and Racing to School supporter, Birdie.

Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme aims to connect those young people who already have an association with horses – either through Pony Club membership or enrolment at an Equine College – with horseracing, to provide them with a unique insight into the sport and the breadth of its career opportunities. Generously funded by The Racing Foundation and working in close partnership with Careers in Racing, we are on track to deliver 60 events in 2018, having grown from an initial pilot of 20 events in 2016. This new booklet forms an integral part of our strategy to grow the programme as we look to inform young people about the choices they have at a time when the industry is looking to recruit across the country.

The Riders’ event at Haydock Park was attended by pupils studying equine disciplines at Reaseheath College, while the day at Bangor involved young people and parents from local Pony Clubs. The booklets were really well received by all of the participants, with Laura Own from Aberconwy Pony Club commenting: “The Riders’ booklet is a lovely idea, giving a clear insight, handed out at the beginning of the day, leading to opportunities to look through it and ask questions throughout the day.”

Gemma Maddock of Legacy Riding Centre added: “(I) thoroughly enjoyed today, as did my two teenage daughters. The information provided will help me guide them with their chosen careers.”

We would like to thank The Racing Foundation once again; they have supported this project since inception and have pledged long-term funding as we look to expand over the next three years.

See the booklets in action below (click to view full size):