The Pony Club is holding its popular pony racing instruction day at Aintree Racecourse on Tuesday (16 February).

Members, parents, officials and instructors attending the day will be able to get advice on topics like feeding, fitness, etiquette and race day procedure.

There will also be practical afternoon sessions, with tuition from The British Racing School and Northern Racing College.

And more than 125 Pony Club members have signed up to attend.

This year the day will be sponsored by Champion Headwear Ltd, the new Pony Club Pony Racing title sponsor.

John Ayres, chairman of Champion Headwear Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to become involved in The Pony Club Pony Racing. We feel that this is a Pony Club discipline that will become even more successful over the coming years.”

The instruction day marks the launch of the 2010 Pony Club Race Day season, following on from a successful 2009 season, held across eight venues with more than 250 Members and ponies attending.

Pony Club race days for 2010 are already planned for Cheltenham, Wincanton, Lingfield and Towcester and Racecourses.

The Pony Club introduced Pony Racing as a pilot scheme in 2004 and in 2006 it became an official Pony Club discipline.

Pony Club Race Days are the grass roots of Pony Racing and aim to welcome children and ponies of all abilities, before they progress on to point-to-points and the racecourse series where the races are more competitive.

For further details about Pony Club race days, the Pony Racing instruction day or Pony Club tests, activities and membership, go to www.pcuk.org or contact 02476 698300