The Pony Club is launching a new certificate to encourage young riders into racing.

The Horseracing Certificate will consist of four interactive teaching sessions at Ascot Racecourse on British Champions Day (19 October), aiming to demystify the sport while giving young riders the chance to witness top-class racing.

The initiative has been set up by the Pony Club in partnership with QIPCO British Champions Series, and is supported by two former Pony Clubbers, four-star event rider Laura Collett, and Flat jockey Harry Bentley.

Laura Collett said: “I’m delighted to be part of it, this is a brilliant opportunity for young equestrian fans to learn more about horseracing on the sport’s most important day and see some true champions.”

Organisers hope that the certificate will build a stronger bond between racing and other equestrian disciplines, introducing a new generation of young riders to a sport in which Britain excels.

Pony Club chief executive Judy Edwards said: “Part of The Pony Club’s objectives are to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected to ponies and riding. As part of this we have produced a number of riding stars of the future. In horseracing, we see a number of incredible athletes, both equine and human, so this new initiative makes complete sense. We’re thrilled to be working together.”

Under 18s get free admission to the racecourse on British Champions Day.

The initiative is open to Pony Club members and non-members.

To register to take part, email