Book for last Conditional Course now

If you have an aspiring Conditional jockey aiming to get a licence this year, book them on the last remaining Conditional Course now.

There is only one Conditional Course left this year, taking place on 5th August. So far, there has been interest from several currently permitted Category “B” riders, but less from brand new applicants. So much so, the BRS is having to consider scratching the Pre-Assessment day. This means that there would only be one Pre-Assessment at Doncaster in July and this is already almost fully booked.

Anybody interested in having a Conditional after this date would not be able to be licensed until into 2020.

Contact James Muir, BHA Licensing Assistant, at the BHA office on 0207 152 0000.

Sean Murray receives 2019 Toby Balding Award

The National Trainers Federation (NTF) is delighted to announce that Sean Murray is the 2019 recipient of the Toby Balding Award.

A presentation was made at the Lycetts Team Champion Award presentation on Thursday 28th February at the Institute of Directors in London.

The annual award, worth £4000, offers an exciting opportunity for ambitious employees in British racing yards to widen their knowledge and train to acquire new skills.

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The NTF launched the award for racing staff in memory of the late Toby Balding, who as a trainer was dedicated to the support and development of young people in the horse racing industry. It is funded by the National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) from a donation made by the Adrian Swire Charitable Trust in memory of Toby Balding and is presented to a member of racing staff who demonstrates a desire to further his or her career in the horseracing industry and to train for a higher-level qualification or undertake personal development training.

About Sean Murray

Sean Murray has worked his way up the career ladder beginning with weekend work for Peter Beaumont while still at school. He was in the first cohort of staff when David O’Meara started out on his training career, progressing to be head lad. He is now Assistant Trainer to Roger Fell at Arthington Barn.

“I have gained a vast amount of racing and equine knowledge working alongside many talented horse men and women” says Sean. “We have a variety of people from different backgrounds and levels of experience and I have a person-centred approach to their career development. I make sure we look at their individual strengths and qualities and I am positive about what can be done however inexperienced or anxious the person might be.

“I would like to use funds from this bursary to invest in more training such as Introduction to Management for the Racing Industry course and Level One NCFE Award in Mentoring. I am so grateful to the NTF Charitable Trust for enabling me to gain more training to further my career.”

Underlining the career progression that Sean Murray has made on his own initiative, Roger Fell commented,” Sean started his career at the British Racing School and has progressed through the ranks to his current position as Assistant Trainer. Sean is a key member of the training team here at Arthington Barn and has put in the hard yards working as a positive role model, putting in long hours to ensure we achieve the best results. This bursary has come at an important time in Sean’s career as it will allow him to fund his ongoing development, and will help him to achieve his ambition to become a licensed trainer.”

Notes to editors:

The Toby Balding Award offers an exciting opportunity for ambitious employees in British racing yards to widen their knowledge and train to acquire new skills. There is more about the award here.

The National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust aims to provide training for employees within the racing industry so they can develop their knowledge and skills. There is a special focus on training to enable those who meet with an accident or ill health to remain in the industry. Racing Welfare manages the applications on behalf of the NTFCT trustees.

For more information, please contact Rupert Arnold or Shelley Perham at the NTF.

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How our Charitable Trust supports staff training

An interesting aspect of 2016 The Racing Foundation survey on racing staff training and development was the finding that many employers did not believe there was a demand for staff training whereas the staff expressed the desire for more opportunities to train.

This demand is witnessed by the NTF Charitable Trust, which provides grants for employees to learn new skills. There is a particular focus on people who want to stay in racing after an accident has prevented them continuing their current role.

The NTFCT’s grants are managed through Racing Welfare’s Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS – https://racingwelfare.co.uk/services/careers-advice-training-service/) You can view a short promotional film of CATS case studies on Youtube.

Emma Sayer wins 2018 Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship

NEWS RELEASE

– 26th November 2018

EMMA SAYER WINS THE 2018 ALEX SCOTT FUTURE TRAINERS TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Work Placement with Graham Motion in the USA

Emma Sayer, successful amateur rider and assistant to her mother Dianne Sayer, is the winner of the 2018 Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship.

Judging from a short list of four, the panel was particularly struck by Emma’s enthusiasm for learning and commitment to preparing herself for the demanding role a licensed trainer.

With the aid of the £3000 award, Emma will spend her work placement in the USA with Graham Motion, beginning in Florida in February and staying through the stable’s transition to Kentucky in the Spring.

Reacting to having won the award, Emma said, “I am so delighted to be awarded the Alex Scott Scholarship. My objectives are to work hard, learn lots and meet as many people as possible. Winning the scholarship is a chance to put these into practice and I am going to grasp the opportunity with both hands.”

The Alex Scott Scholarship aims to support those who are planning on a career training racehorses in Britain by promoting their education and improvement of their skills outside the United Kingdom.

The Scholarship is funded by the Tim Dunlop Memorial Travelling Scholarship (TDMS.) TDMS is a charity set up by friends of Tim, in his memory, after he was tragically killed in a car accident in France at the age of 21 in 1987. The charity sponsors young people who wish to travel abroad to expand their experience in the thoroughbred industry initially as a prize for the best overall student on the main National Stud course, it now also sponsors a participant on the course.

Lead judge Harry Dunlop said of this year’s winner, “Emma is a hugely enthusiastic person who I am sure will make a good trainer. My brother Ed and I hope the funding from the Alex Scott Scholarship will enable her to achieve this goal.”

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Notes for editors:

Alex Scott trained in Newmarket and handled champions Cadeaux Genereux, Sheikh Albadou and the two-year-old Lammtarra. After his death in 1994, Alex Scott’s family and friends set up an Assistant Trainers’ Scholarship giving the winner the chance to spend one month abroad gaining work experience with a trainer in the country of their choice. More details here on the NTF website.

The Scholarship is worth £3000 to the winner. The application process is managed by the National Trainers Federation.

The National Trainers Federation represents the interests of British licensed racehorse trainers.

For more information, please contact Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, on 01488 71794 or 07899 797010. E-mail: r.arnold@racehorsetrainers.org

For more information on the National Trainers Federation, please go to www.racehorsetrainers.org

 

News Release – Judges announced for The Lycetts Team Champion Award 2019

NEWS RELEASE 7 November 2018

For immediate release

JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR  2019 LYCETTS TEAM CHAMPION AWARD

The National Trainers Federation (NTF) is delighted to welcome a new member of the judging panel in the run up to the closing date on 3rd December for nominations for the second running of the Lycetts Team Champion Award.

Simon Christian, former successful National Hunt trainer, joins the judges for the 2019 award. With his in-depth knowledge of the training business and experience as an employer, Simon will make an invaluable contribution to the assessment of nominations and yard visits.

Expressing his enthusiasm for Lycetts Team Champion Award, Simon Christian said, “To me, a good relationship between trainer and staff is integral; this truly affects the training of the horse. Merit achieved through this award will stand a stable in good stead, strengthening its reputation for a generation who are inclined to appreciate good treatment towards colleagues, plus an all-round sense of teamwork and respect.”

Lycetts Team Champion Award celebrates the racehorse training yards that have a strong team ethos. By demonstrating the highest standards of staff management currently operating in British yards and the ambition of trainers to modernise the way their businesses work, the award supports staff retention as a key method of addressing skills shortages in racing.

The judging panel comprises people with outstanding experience of the working environment in a racehorse trainer’s yard and first class expertise in human resources and team management.

The judges are:

Yogi Breisner (Chair of the Panel), former World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe for the British Three-Day Event Team.

Simon Christian, former National Hunt trainer, and now a bloodstock adviser.

Dana Mellor, a key figure in establishing the Jockeys Education and Training Scheme.

Kevin Parsons, a highly experienced member of racing staff in some of the most successful yards in British racing.

Laura Whyte, former head of Human Resources for John Lewis

Yogi Breisner, “I am delighted to have been invited to lead the judging panel again for The Lycetts Team Champion Award. Last year’s nominations were so impressive and it will be fascinating to see how teams are being developed and managed in more training yards.”

Fuller biographies appear below.

The NTF would like to thank the judges for their support of the Lycetts Team Champion Award and their time and effort in assessing the nominations.

Lycetts Team Champion has two categories according to the number of horses in training in the nominated yard (40+ and fewer than 40.) Each category winner will receive £4000 to be used in a way that benefits and supports the team. The closing date for nominations is Monday 3rd December 2018 and the winners will be presented with their awards on Thursday 28th February 2019 at the Institute of Directors in London.

Judges’ profiles

 Yogi Breisner

Yogi Breisner has had an outstanding career in the world of Three-Day Eventing both as a rider and a coach. He was a member of the Swedish International Three-Day Event Team at European Championship and Olympic level. From 1994 to 2000 Yogi was a member of British Horse Society’s Training and Education Committee and until 2016 was World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe for the British Three-Day Event Team.  Other roles include leading British Eventing’s Elite Coach Programme.

Yogi Breisner is also well known in horseracing for his advisory roles at the British Racing School; development of UKCC for jockey coaches; and advising trainers on schooling jump horses and coaching of work riders.

Simon Christian

Simon Christian has spent over forty-five years in the racing world. He started by working in top class stables and became assistant to Fulke Walwyn. He held a trainer’s licence for twelve years, with winners at the Cheltenham, Aintree, and Punchestown festivals. More recently, he has advised racehorse owners on purchasing many successful horses, including Group winners. He visits many racing stables and attends bloodstock sales in Britain and abroad.

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Simon has also served on Sandown Park’s race-day committee and worked in a leading hospitality company. He retains a great passion for horse racing and interest in its future.

Dana Mellor 

As a trainer’s daughter in Berkshire and an apprentice to Jack Berry in Lancashire, Dana gained valuable insight into the teamwork required to run a successful racing yard.  With a law degree behind her, Dana became a key player in establishing the Jockeys Education & Training Scheme (JETS). She now runs a local musical instrument retail business with responsibility for strategy, finance, recruitment and retention. Dana is also a parent governor at her local school.

Kevin Parsons

Kevin Parsons has been in racing for 18 years full time as an Apprentice, Conditional jockey, Work Rider, Head Lad, Assistant Trainer and Travelling Head Lad. He has worked for some excellent trainers including Chris Wall, David Loder, Roger Varian and Roger Charlton. In November 2012 he took on the role of Sports Coordinator and Union Learn Project Manager for the National Association of Racing Staff and thoroughly enjoys providing staff with education courses to help improve their qualifications and transferable skills.

 Laura Whyte

Laura Whyte was Human Resources Director for John Lewis where she oversaw major change programmes. Laura is now a Non-Executive Director on the British Horseracing Authority Board and is on the Defence People and Training Board for the Ministry of Defence.

 Notes for Editors

About the award 

The assessment criteria for Lycetts Team Champion Award are based on The Winning Approach, a best practice standard developed for the NTF by consultants Sport and Beyond with funding from The Racing Foundation. A copy of The Winning Approach, the award nomination form and an explanation of the award can be found on the NTF website here: https://www.racehorsetrainers.org/industry/teamchampion.asp

About Lycetts

The Lycetts Group was founded in 1961 and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading independently-operated insurance brokers.

Lycetts specialises in farm and estate insurance and also provides bespoke financial services, commercial and bloodstock insurance advice. It has 14 offices in the UK, with its headquarters based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. For more information see www.lycetts.co.uk

 For more information, please contact Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, on 01488 71794 or 07899 797010. E-mail: r.arnold@racehorsetrainers.org

 

How our Charitable Trust supports staff training

An interesting aspect of 2016 The Racing Foundation survey on racing staff training and development was the finding that many employers did not believe there was a demand for staff training whereas the staff expressed the desire for more opportunities to train.

This demand is witnessed by the NTF Charitable Trust, which provides grants for employees to learn new skills. There is a particular focus on people who want to stay in racing after an accident has prevented them continuing their current role.

The NTFCT’s grants are managed through Racing Welfare’s Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS). You can view a short promotional film of CATS case studies at this link.

New Apprenticeship programme brings change to assessment and funding

The British Racing School and Northern Racing College have been informing trainers about the new apprenticeship programme and the changes they can expect. We have uploaded a fact sheet to the Members Area of the NTF website; you can find it under Employment Matters/New employees.

Racing has had to adapt to the Government’s reforms of apprenticeships. This has led to changes in funding, training content and assessment. Labelled “Trailblazer”, the new standard has been developed in consultation with industry sectors. Racing participated through the equine sector with direct trainer representation.

There is little change to the actual training that a new entrant to the racing industry will undertake. It will include the Equine Transport qualifications, which are necessary for people working in racing. Instead of continual assessment in the workplace, the learner will now undertake one day of assessment at the end of the training period. The assessment (called End Point Assessment) will normally take place at one of the Racing Schools but in exceptional circumstances may take place in the workplace.

Another new requirement Is for 20% of the training to be “off the job”. The training providers will explain practical ways of accommodating this.

Funding arrangements have changed significantly. For employers with fewer than 50 employees, there will be no charge for 16-18-year olds doing a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship. Employers with 50 or more employees, will pay up to £600 though this will be offset by a bonus totalling £1000 if the learner remains employed for 12 months. Full details are set out in the fact sheet.