Our specialist horse racing apprenticeships develop industry skills in a working environment.
We caught up with former level 2 equine racing groom apprentice, Megan Bevan, who passed her apprenticeship with a distinction. Megan completed her apprenticeship with Gold Cup winning National Hunt and Flat Trainer, Colin Tizzard, at Venn Farm Racing in Somerset. She was supported by her racing Trainer Coach, Michael Legg.
Megan says, “I’ve been around horses all my life and competed in pony races when I was younger, so racing was always something I wanted to pursue. When I left school in 2020, I knew I didn’t want to go back to classroom-based learning, so I decided an apprenticeship would be the perfect route.
I’ve just completed my level 2 apprenticeship at Venn Farm Racing, where I built upon my industry knowledge and experience in a real-life working environment.
I’ve been privileged to have had several rides, pointing and chasing, this season. I achieved my first winner under rules at Newton Abbot Racecourse in May with “Wotzizname”, which was amazing. He’s been fantastic to ride and has placed top 3 in all 5 runs so far.
I’ve loved my apprenticeship and have learnt so much. I was so proud to receive a distinction.
My Trainer Coach, Michael Legg, was fantastic. He would explain things in ways I would easily understand. He knows horses inside out, so his knowledge has been second to none. My apprenticeship has allowed me to work with racing professionals and I can use my experience in the future too.
I’m hoping to continue my progression within the racing industry and can’t wait for what is coming next… Bring on season 2022/23!”
Michael added, “Megan is an up-and-coming jockey who has already shown she has a bright future race riding with winners, both point to point and under rules.
Throughout her apprenticeship, I saw Megan’s knowledge, skills and confidence grow to achieve an impressive distinction at level 2. Megan developed in that time to become a senior member on the yard capable of overseeing the yard in the absence of the trainer and senior staff members. Well done!”
Megan, we wish you all the best for the future.
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