Flying Futures CIC proudly launched the #TakeTheReins (#TTR) programme in March 2017. The 5 Star Active North Hub commenced through the partnership between Flying Futures CIC, Richard Fahey Racing and Harrowells Limited.
The programme aims to raise awareness of the opportunities available and to promote employability within the horse racing industry. #TakeTheReins is being championed by none other than Adam McNamara – the award winning jockey.
Our new ambassador for the #TTR programme is the very talented Sammy Jo Bell; she is keen to be involved in the programme and believes that it will help young people in a similar way that working on the yard helped her at a young age. Through her career she is now known as one of the leading female jockeys within the horse racing industry; and has taken an outstanding £660,126 in prize money. All though she may only be 5 feet tall, it’s clear her stature has continued to grow within the world of horse racing. In 2017 alone she took home 16 wins and grand total of £176, 815.
So as you can see, were excited to introduce Sammy to the #TTR programme and see what opportunities the upcoming months are going to bring.
Stage 1 – DISCOVER
We will take you to 1 of the top British flat yards in the country to discover some of the amazing possibilities within the horse racing industry.
Mark Johnston – Trained more than 100 British winners for 24 consecutive seasons at the highest Level.
Richard Fahey – The 2016 season saw Fahey saddle 198 winners for the season, cementing his place as one of the top trainers in the UK, collecting over £3M in prize money.
During this phase you will be granted unique access to some of the best yards in the UK and gain knowledge of the different careers surrounding the horse racing industry.
Stage 2 – TAKE PART
Now it’s over to you…… You will embark straight onto phase two. After gaining an insight into the yards, you will decide what role you would like to gain first-hand experience in. The two days will include yard experience & meeting jockeys from both yards, including TakeTheReins ambassador Adam McNamara who conducts his duties at Richard Fahey’s.
Also in conjunction with Racing Together and Beverley racecourse. Phase 2 will allow you to discover a variety of different roles that you may not have thought of originally when you first thought about the racing industry as a whole.
Through this you get the opportunity to complete an OCNLR Employability & Enterprise Level One qualification to reinforce the following skills from the prior phases;
– Communication Skills in Preparing for Work
– Oral Presentation Skills
– Working as a Team
– Undertaking an Enterprise Project
Stage 3 – FUTURE CAREER
What’s next…..? Northern Racing College are one of the leading providers in the UK that deliver a wide range of equine courses, specifically within the horse racing industry. We can assist in your college application to continue your #TTR journey and enrol on a Residential Foundation Course Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care.
This 18-week residential course consists of 12 weeks of practical outdoor sessions at the NRC, followed by 6 weeks work experience placement at a yard. It has been designed to ensure learners are competent both on the ground working with horses and also riding a thoroughbred horse (Riding is Optional). The aim of this course is to prepare learners for work in a racing stable.
After completing 18 week individuals will have the opportunity to gain a full time, paid role with a racing yard in the UK.