Here at The Grange Therapeutic School our pupils can take up horse riding as one of their Key Stage ‘options’, learning how to ride and care for horses and gaining AQA Awards through the Somerby Equestrian Centre.
They have a horseriding lesson once a week, regardless of the weather, gaining not only equestrian knowledge but insight in to the health and safety aspects surrounding the cleaning and mucking out of stables, the cleaning of saddles, filling of the hay nets and feeding the horses.
After the October half term break staff members Kevin Wright and Owen Whelband took four of our KS4 boys to the British Racing School in Newmarket, to show them the possibilities of pursuing a career in horseracing once they leave The Grange.
The BRS was founded in 1983 with the original aim to “promote and encourage young people who had the potential to ride as young professional jockeys.”
The pupils and staff were shown around the famous Warren Hill Gallops as well as the stable yard of Luca Cumani’s – one of Britain’s leading trainers who has “overseen the careers of many great racehorses, achieving multiple Classic triumphs at home and abroad.”
At the BRS the group were escorted around the stables, classrooms and the accommodation for the students who had enrolled various courses (that can range from an International Jockey Programme to Racing Secretaries), who will go on the take up a work placement in their relevant field.
They ended their day with a visit to the British Racing School Museum where everyone had the opportunity to try on the famous silks and ride the race horse simulator, working through its varying speeds! Before heading back to Knossington the boys had their photo taken – wearing the racing silks – next to the bronze statue of Frankel, the British Thoroughbred racehorse who was unbeaten in his fourteen-race career.