We ensure that all our Trainer-Coaches have true life experience in their areas of expertise, to enable them to offer support and advice to our learners and employers with a detailed understanding of what it takes to achieve. Here we speak to Michael Legg, one of our amazing equine racing Trainer-Coaches about his experience in the industry.
“My family have always been involved with horses. My father and grandfather were both accomplished horsemen and rode as amateur jockeys. I grew up around horses and began riding and attending Pony Club from an early age, but I didn’t really enjoy it until I was about 14. Then I caught the racing bug, and it was clear to me then that I wanted to have a good go at becoming a jockey!
I started riding out in my school holidays and at weekends for Colin Tizzard. Colin and his family supported me and taught me so much and I rode for them as an Amateur Jockey for several years. I then moved to Harry Fry’s as an amateur and eventually became his Assistant Trainer alongside continuing my race riding for several years.
I was very lucky to ride some top-class horses throughout my riding career. My biggest success was winning the Grade 2 Silver Trophy chase at Cheltenham in April 2016 on a horse called Voix D’eau, trained by Harry Fry.
I have honestly seen first-hand the importance of well trained and knowledgeable staff throughout my time in racing. During my time as Assistant Trainer we had a number of staff members enrolled on racehorse care apprenticeships. It was brilliant to see them develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence as they progressed through their apprenticeship.
When I retired from race riding I knew that I wanted to use my years of experience to help develop and train the next generation of staff within racing and the wider equestrian setting. Racing will always be a part of my life and I still enjoy riding out and schooling horses, but it was a very natural progression for me to become a Trainer-Coach.
I am so excited to watch our apprentices at Haddon Training grow in confidence throughout their time on programme as they develop in their abilities. Ultimately this training enables them to have a successful and enjoyable career working with horses and it is a pleasure to be part of that journey.”
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