A new three way partnership between youth charity The Prince's Trust, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Greatwood, a charity looking after retired racehorses is aiming to set a group of unemployed young people on the road to a successful career in racing. A group of unemployed 16-25 year old youngsters from Wiltshire will take part next week in a five day Get Started with Horses course at Greatwood, near Marlborough.
The course combines core practical skills of handling horses with a background to the racing industry. Alongside this, participants will have the opportunity to improve their personal skills, self esteem and confidence through team activities and presentations. Although there is no expectation that all the participants will go into a career in racing or with horses, the Trust will support them for three months following their training to help them find a job. The BHA are excited by the prospect of bringing together people starting out their working life with animals which have completed theirs. The course contributes to one of its key objectives: to promote the best for the racehorse.
Sara Hay-Jahans, Head of Industry Recruitment & Training for the British Horseracing Authority, said, â€œThe British Horseracing Authority and Greatwood are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to experience the fun and fulfilment of working with horses. Developing a relationship with horses is similar to developing a relationship with a peer - it helps teach trust, empathy and responsibility and often gives a sense of purpose."
Get Started with horses continues the relationship which the BHA has had with The Prince's Trust since 2008, aiming to show how sport can improve the quality of life for young people. The Greatwood charity, which has now been operating for over 20 years, is perhaps most familiar to racegoers through the two jump races at Newbury which have borne its name for the past two years. The Greatwood Gold Cup was first won by Big Fella Thanks, and the Greatwood Hurdle by Khyber Kim, owned by race sponsor Raymond Mould.