Saddle up for a career in racing

Northern Racing College - Insructor takes the puils around the track.

Northern Racing College - Insructor takes the puils around the track.

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JOBLESS young people have a unique chance to get under starter’s orders for a career in the horse racing industry.

The British Horseracing Authority, The Prince’s Trust and the Rossington-based Northern Racing College have joined forces to deliver the first ever “Get Started with Horse Care” programme for unemployed young people who have an interest in horses.

Twelve young people who are struggling to find work are taking part in a free five-day residential course. The programme, which started earlier this month, will allow them to get entry level qualifications in working with horses.

The course will cover how to boost personal confidence through gaining an introduction to horse riding and the racing industry, learning practical skills in handling and grooming horses and learning about paddock maintenance. The young people will also learn basic first aid, team work and presentation skills.

Sara Hay-Jahans from the British Horseracing Authority, said: “The British Horseracing Authority and the Northern Racing College are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to experience the fun and fulfilment of working with horses. “Developing a relationship with horses is similar to developing a relationship with a peer - it helps teach trust, empathy and responsibility and often gives a sense of purpose.”

The Prince’s Trust, a charity set up by Prince Charles, provides support for three months after the programme to help participants into employment, education, volunteering or training.