Want to pony race but don’t own a pony?

Pony racing is a fast developing sport that is aimed at eight to 15 year olds.

The sport helps improve young riders “jockey” skills and gives them a chance to ride in races at racecourses and point to points.

Now the British Racing School in Newmarket has set up a scheme to enable children who don’t have a racing pony the chance to take part.

The new BRS Pony Racing Academy starts at the end of June. Three children will attend each Saturday for 12 weeks to learn about the sport and how to ride in races.

They will do this using three new Pony Racing Academy ponies, racehorse simulators and video reviews.

Gemma Waterhouse, of BRS said: “We are really excited about the Pony Racing Academy and this will allow us to open up pony racing to more young people. We hope that towards the end of the 12 weeks we will be able to find a race for them to actually take part in!”

The three ponies have been loaned to the BRS, who are still looking for a fourth. All three are 14.2hh, two have been lightly pony raced and the third is an all-rounder.

If you are interested in applying for a place on the academy you need to be between 11 and 15 years old, be able to walk, trot and canter unaided and be physically fit.

If you are eligible and wish to apply please email gemma.waterhouse@brs.org.uk for an application form.