Behind The Scenes at the British Racing School, Episode 2

Behind The Scenes at the British Racing School, Episode 2


The students are now about three weeks into
the nine-week program at the British Racing School and they’ve been progressing in both
their stable duties and their riding. In this episode of Behind the Scenes at the
British Racing School, we speak to a few of the students on Course 333 to find out how
they’re getting on and why they wanted to start their careers in racing. So I’ve had horses all my life. Been riding probably ever since I could walk. I’ve done a bit of show jumping and I’ve worked
with dressage horses before and never thought of doing racing, but probably would be a good
idea. I’ve worked with horses all my life, and I’ve
had them since I was a little kid. I’ve done lots of show jumping in the past
and now I want to move on to doing racing. My Dad had always been into horse racing,
always taking me to the races. I’d always wanted to be a jockey, but I was
always told at a young age that I was going to be too tall and too heavy. But I was watching The Morning Line and that
was on Channel 4 and saw the British Racing School that was advertised on there, and thought
it was a great way to get into it, because I was always told I wouldn’t be able to. I found out about the British Racing School
just through the website really. Looking at all the courses, what goes on here. Like everything, really. Yeah, so I did a 14 week course. I started that because I’d ridden in the past
but hadn’t ridden race horses. I got to my seventh week, injured my knee,
had to go home to do physio and then I decided to come back, and I just couldn’t wait to
get back. So I’ve come back on a nine week course just
to finish off so I can get a job at the end of it. It’s challenging at times, but it’s great
fun, good people around you that know what they’re doing, and always willing to help. So great atmosphere. So here we ride with a double bridge, whereas
usually you just ride with like single reigns. So you use that basically to control the horse,
whereas that’s completely different to how I used to do it. Yeah. And you pull back and sit up and push your
feet forwards. Not what I’m used to at all. They’re a lot faster. You’ve got to watch them more in the box,
and they’re just a lot more lively. I’m really excited. There’s lots to learn and you’re always put
on different horses, so you’re learning new ways to control them, how to stay on. But yeah, it’s challenging at times, but it’s
great fun at the end of the day.

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