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Harry Derham flying over fences in his BRS training Harry Derham flying over fences in his BRS training
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Young jockeys get career coaching at British Racing School

By Katy Islip

General news

04 May 2012 10:29

Two former pony racers have returned to the British Racing School (BRS) for more training as they progress their careers in horse racing.

William Twiston-Davies and Harry Derham began their careers on the pony racing circuit, gaining invaluable experience before moving to riding under rules.

Both jockeys have done well and have already secured rides at big race meetings, but because there’s always more to learn the pair have been invited back to the BRS for a week-long Continuation Training course.

This will include a schooling session with GB Olympic coach Yogi Breisner, simulator training, and tuition in sports psychology, finance, diet and the rules and regulations of the sport.

Once the pair have ridden more than 20 winners they may be invited back for an Advanced Training course to further develop their skills, with sessions including media training, professionalism in sport, psychology and finance, as well as practical riding coaching.

A spokesman for the BRS said: “This brings the racing industry more in line with other sports and is hugely important for the development of these young jockeys into professional sportsmen and women.”

For more information on the work of the BRS and its courses visit www.brs.org.uk