More than 50 children attended the pony racing “Buzz Day” in Newmarket last weekend (12 October) designed to give children an insight into the sport.

The British Racing School invited children aged 8 to 15 — with no previous involvement with pony racing — to come and have a taste of what was involved.

Perfect position: the children got to ride the racing simulator

Perfect position: the children got to ride the racing simulators

The day’s activities included riding the racing simulators with former Flat jockey Michael Tebbuttfall and fall training with Champion Hurdle-winning jockey Steve Smith Eccles.

The children also saw a demonstration of tacking up for the races and had a tour of the classrooms, stables and gallops of the British Racing School.

Dress to impress: a tacking up demonstration was part of the day

Dress to impress: a tacking up demonstration was part of the day

“We were very pleased with the day and we are hoping to run a follow-on session where those with ponies can bring them for a training day,” said Buzz Day organiser Carol Casey.

Stretch for success: a child gets to grips with the fitness a equipment

Stretch for success: a child gets to grips with the fitness a equipment

The day was also a hit with the children, including eight-year-old Jack Wilmot, who said, “It was the best day of my life so far, I will never forget it”.

For more information visit www.brs.org.uk.