A combined approach from the Northern Racing College, British Racing School and Pony Racing Authority has led to a generous grant of £80,000 from the Racing Foundation to aid the running of Pony Racing Academies in Britain.

The Northern Racing College will now be running two academies per year. Each course runs for 13 consecutive Saturday afternoons and is open to children between the ages of 13 and 15 and tuition has been offered for free thanks to the generous grant for the Racing Foundation.

The weight limit for riders is 9 stone.

With the addition of Pony Racing Academies across the country, the aim is to increase the accessibility of the sport to children in all areas and encourage more young people to become involved in the sport.

Any budding young pony racers interested in signing up for one of the academies should contact:

Georgina Ridal; Tel: 01302 861029 or email georgina.ridal@northernracingcollege.co.uk

The Racing Foundation was established in 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. Since inception, it has granted over £2million to charities associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education, training & participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage & culture.

Website: www.racingfoundation.co.uk Twitter: @RFoundation01