Pony racing taster day

14:41 16 February 2012

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A pony racing taster day is being held at Cheltenham racecourse — aiming to introduce more young people to the sport.

The day is being run by the Pony Racing Authority and The Pony Club and is aimed at 8-15 year olds who are not currently involved in pony racing. They do not need to own — or even have ridden — a pony to attend the day.

The children will get the chance to meet champion trainer Paul Nicholls, visit the weighing room, dress up as a jockey, learn about the tack and ride a mechanical horse with tuition from a jockey.

There will also be a “balance and bounce” challenge run by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund to help them improve balance and learn how to fall.

Pony racing has been a growing sport over the past few years, with graduates including Sam and Willy Twiston-Davies, Rhys Flint and Hadden Frost all now jockeys.

Over 100 pony racing graduates have gone on to take out licences to ride point to point, National Hunt or on the flat.

The Pony Racing Authority’s Rebecca Morgan said: “The results from pony racing speak for themselves. We are now looking to promote the initiative to children not currently involved and who may, until now, have had no knowledge of pony racing or how to get involved. This will be a fun day to introduce them to pony racing."

Paul Nicholls, who is sponsoring the day, added: “My daughter Megan has gained so much from pony racing that I wanted to give something back.

“I am delighted to be sponsoring the day and hope that lots of young people attend and see what a good thing it is.”

The day runs from 10am to 1.30pm on Tuesday, April 3 and costs £5 per child.

To apply visit http://events.pcuk.org by Tuesday, March 27.

For more information contact info@pcuk.org or tel: 02476 698301 .

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