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British Racing School

Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB87NU

About us

The British Racing School was established in 1983. It is owned by a Charitable Trust and therefore any income generated is re-invested back into the School.

The original aim of the School was to provide purpose built facilities to promote and encourage young people who had the potential to ride as professional jockeys.

Since then, the School has developed and flourished to its current position as the Centre of Excellence for training in the racing industry, providing a whole range of different courses and training.


Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care
The pre-apprenticeship course is fully residential and all tuition and learning materials are completely FREE. The length of the course will depend on your experience and will be either 9 or 14 weeks long. During this time we will teach you:


  • To ride racehorses in control and according to instructions, you will ride 2 lots every day
  • To muck out and administer daily grooming, feeding and care for racehorses. You will have 2 or 3 horses to care for during your residential course
  • To prepare a horse for going racing
  • Studies
  • Help you to achieve your functional skills English and Maths
  • Help you to achieve your Apprenticeship which includes your Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care
  • Help you to achieve your First Aid Certificate
  • Life Skills
  • Team building
  • How to budget and manage your finances living away from home
  • Diet and nutrition to help you maintain your weight and a healthy diet
  • Personal safety
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Personal health including sexual education
  • Equality & diversity in the workplace
  • Cybersafety
  • Road Safety
  • Towards the end of your residential course we will work together to determine where in the country, and for which trainer, will best suit your personal circumstances and ambitions. If you have successfully completed the course at the required standard you will then go into a full time, fully paid job where you will complete your Apprenticeship. This typically takes 18 months. Our workplace Instructors will visit you in the yard when you are working to help you complete your portfolio.

Courses and Training

The British Racing School offers numerous courses for the racing Industry.

Jockey Training
Our objective with jockey training is very simple, we want to be seen to be the best place for jockey training in the world and in so doing, to be constantly seeking ways to make the training that we offer more effective.

Trainers Course
The trainers courses consist of 3 modules which you need to undertake in order to apply to the BHA for a trainers licence.

Assistant Trainers Course
The Assistant Trainers Course is a residential course run over three days. The aim of this course is to illustrate the importance of an assistant trainers' role both in the yard and on the racecourse.

Yard Managers course
The Yard Managers course is suitable for anyone who currently supervised staff in a racing yard or stud farm.

Racing Secretary
The Course has been created for secretaries new to racing and anyone considering working in this role. It provides knowledge of the role of a racing secretary.

Bookkeeping and Sage Accounts
The British Racing School is now running a bookkeeping course aimed at the Racing Industry.

These are just a few of the courses that we run, for further details regarding all of our courses please visit the Courses and Training page on our website.


Racing is a multi-million pound industry employing over 100,000 people. It is the nation's second largest spectator sport with over 5 million people visiting British racecourses every year.

There are numerous different career paths and The British Racing School can offer training every step of the way.

Stable Staff - work in the racing yard looking after the racehorses and riding them everyday. Becoming a member of Stable Staff is also the first step to becoming a Jockey or one of the more senior members of staff in a racing yard.

Jockey - A jockey is someone who rides racehorses in public under the rules of racing. If you are new to racing and think you want to become a jockey the first step is becoming a member of Stable Staff.

Trainer - A Trainer is someone who trains the horses and runs the business of a racing yard.

Racing Secretary - A Racing Secretary is a secretary, office manager and trainers personal assistant all rolled in to 1!

Head Lad/Lass - A Head Lad or Lass is a member of the management team within a racing yard and is normally based in the yard daily.

Travelling Head Lad/Lass - A Travelling Head Lad or Lass is a member of the management team within a racing yard and is responsible for organising and taking horses racing.

Assistant Trainer - An Assistant Trainer is the most senior position in a racing yard underneath the boss, the Trainer.

Find out more

For further details about careers, courses and training at the British Racing School, please visit our website.

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