The British Racing School: An introduction into the world of horse racing

The British Racing School
Introduction to Racing Residential Course

The British Racing School

An Introduction to Racing, Residential Course

The British Racing School is a Charitable Foundation and the provision of the Introduction to Racing Weeks are kindly supported by the Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust.

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In 2022, Shirley Jackson, Managing Director of Youth Unity, had the privilege of visiting the British School of Racing during the Racing Media Academy.

The visit left a lasting impression as Shirley was captivated by the exceptional facilities and the array of opportunities available for young people.

Building upon the continued partnership working with BRS, it was through this connection that Youth Unity was presented with an incredible opportunity.

BRS shared with us a proposition to invite young people aged 15 to 18 to participate in a life-changing five-day residential program focused on equine industry.

This transformative experience is made possible through the generous support and partnership of the Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust.

We received an overwhelming response from our partnership network, with over 30 applicants applying for a placement.. However, due to limited availability, only 10 participants could be accommodated.

The group comprised of individuals from diverse parts of London and varied social economic backgrounds. Several of the young people faced challenges related to SEN such as Autism, ADHD and anxiety.

We have high hopes that this immersive experience will contribute to their long-term self-confidence and personal growth.

The course attendees who are from all parts of London, Essex & Kent

“I would like the experience of working on a yard with a completely different atmosphere and hopefully learning something new from it” Sophie aged 17

Sophie, who began riding horses at the tender age of 4, actively participates in the sport of show jumping. Although she displays a keen interest in pursuing a foundation course related to riding, she has decided to prioritize her academic studies and complete her A’levels before fully committing to it.

“I would love to be a trainer, and i love to be around horses and learn more about them” 

Roxanne is a vibrant and promising young lady, but her journey has been accompanied by challenges, particularly with anxiety.

Nevertheless, I strongly believe that if given another opportunity and with a better understanding of her unique challenges, she would be able to make the most of the opportunities presented to her. With proper support and guidance, Roxanne has the potential to shine and overcome her obstacles.

“I would like to take part to gain a better understanding of the horse racing industry as well as learning how to care for horses. Having the chance to learn how to ride a horse would be incredible and working in a team is also a great opportunity to make new friends. I’ve had an interest in horses when I was younger but I wasn’t able to afford lessons”. 

Jessica’s journey began with a sense of nervousness as she had never ridden a horse before. However, as the days unfolded, her true personality started to shine through, and her remarkable smile lit up the surroundings when she was given the chance to ride for the first time. It was truly heartwarming to witness her confidence grow with each moment she spent with the horses.

Incredibly, we believe Jessica has already completed the ground work application, which is a testament to her dedication and passion for learning about horses. Her willingness to take on new challenges and her evident enthusiasm for the equestrian world make her a bright prospect for the future. We have no doubt that Jessica’s journey in horse riding will continue to flourish, and she will achieve great things in this wonderful pursuit.

“I have been involved with horses for around 5 years. I have been working and learning how to ride with competition horse’s at a working yard. Throughout this time I’ve learnt the basics and am really keen to further my knowledge as I would like to potentially have a career with horses.  My dad and I regularly go horse racing and really enjoy being around the parade ring and I would really like to be involved a lot more!  My great grandad also used to train horses in Newmarket so this experience would be extra special.”  

Despite being one of the younger participants in the group, Lois seamlessly integrated herself and formed strong bonds with her peers. Her deep love and passion for horse riding were evident in the way she wholeheartedly embraced and excelled at all the tasks and responsibilities assigned to her during the program. Lois’s dedication and enthusiasm were truly remarkable, and it was clear to everyone around her that she genuinely enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Her passion and skills in horse riding are undoubtedly a promising foundation for her future endeavors in the equestrian world.

“It’s been my dream since 7 years old to ride and care for a horse.” 

Safkat is a reserved yet remarkably passionate young lady who wholeheartedly embraces challenges and faces them head-on. Not only does she adapt well to her surroundings, but she also forms strong bonds with her peers. While Safkat nurtures the dream of studying law, I sincerely hope she considers giving the horse racing industry a chance as well, as her passion and dedication could lead to great success in that field too. Whatever path she chooses, I have no doubt that Safkat will excel and make a positive impact.

“I would like the opportunity to experience a different side of the horse industry in a professional capacity that I’ve never had the chance to encounter before.  I would also welcome the chance to meet and work with other like minded people who love horses.  It would be a great opportunity for me to practice and improve my stable management skills with the hope to also do some riding.  It would be a fantastic opportunity to help build my self esteem and work on building my confidence”

Robyn’s calm and composed demeanour made her an absolute delight to work with, and she effortlessly got along with everyone in the group, earning her popularity among her peers. Her genuine affection for animals was evident in the way she interacted with the horses, displaying a natural understanding and care for these majestic creatures. Even during the early mornings, she never once complained, showcasing her dedication and passion for the experience.

Moreover, Robyn’s kindness extended beyond her love for animals, as she proved to be a great source of support for one of the girls in the group who faced challenges with anxiety. Her empathetic nature and willingness to be there for others made a significant difference in creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere for everyone.

“I have SEN needs and this would help with my wellbeing and getting out of my house, I really love animals”. 

Chahera proved to be an exceptional young lady who wholeheartedly immersed herself in every aspect of the experience. As an organisation we work to be inclusive and engage young people with SEND, Chahera demonstrated how it can be successful through her active participation. Despite facing some challenges along the way, Chahera tackled them with confidence and determination, ultimately enjoying the entire week. Her resilience and positive attitude are truly commendable, and she undoubtedly left a lasting impression on everyone around her.  We have signposted her to the organisation Autism in Horse Racing and truly hope she pursues this further.

“I love animals and I struggle with my wellbeing, I have always wanted to learn to horse ride as I believe it would be therapeutic for myself”

Upon setting foot inside the British Racing School, Queen’s excitement was palpable, and her enthusiasm was truly remarkable. Despite never having been on a horse before, it was a long-held dream of hers, and she approached it with a natural ability to confidently connect with the animals. Witnessing her passion and potential, we sincerely hope that Queen decides to continue her journey by pursuing the groundwork course. With her innate talent and dedication, she has the potential to thrive and make significant strides in the equestrian world.


Even though Ruby wasn’t initially part of our group, she quickly integrated herself and became an integral member of the team. Her vibrant and lively nature brought a refreshing energy to the group, and her deep passion for horse racing was palpable. Ruby’s enthusiasm was infectious, and her genuine love for the sport was evident in every conversation and interaction she had.

We are delighted to hear that Ruby is all set to start the Foundation Course later this year. With her boundless enthusiasm and dedication, we have no doubt that she will excel in her pursuits and make the most of the opportunities ahead. We eagerly await to hear about her progress and have no doubt that she will achieve great things in the horse racing industry. Ruby’s infectious spirit and passion for the sport will undoubtedly leave a positive impact on those around her.

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