National Racehorse Week - Racing Apprenticeships with Haddon Training

Last week was the first ever National Racehorse Week , a nationwide annual celebration of the racehorse and a chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them.

Born out of an idea in 2019 by trainer Richard Phillips to create a single event that could be hosted by the racing industry, National Racehorse Week is a celebration of the animals who power racing, whilst also providing the public and policymakers with insight into the dedicated care that they receive.  Supported by Great British Racing, over 100 yards across the county opened their doors to show the public the fantastic lives that these magnificent animals lead.

During the week Haddon Training visited a number of yards and the pride, care and attention that was shown by all staff was clear to see. Many of these people dedicate their lives to looking after racehorses and it was a brilliant insight into their work.

One of our amazing Racing Trainer Coaches, David Stratton, was able to attend an event at Mark Todd Racing and says, “It’s fantastic to be part of such an event and to support some of the yards we work with.  Sir Mark and his team were able to give a demonstration on re-training racehorses as well as answer questions from their audience, enabling people to be really involved in the day.”

Our Racing Specialist Sam Davies-Thomas also visited David Pipe Racing, Fergal O’Brien Racing, Kim Bailey Racing and Warren Greatex Racing over the course of the week and says, “As an experienced training provider to many yards across the country we are committed to ensuring that the stable staff, jockeys and senior staff that we train, care for these great animals to the highest standard. We were delighted to be able to discuss how we support staff in the racing industry with the general public, and we hope everyone that attended saw how incredibly dedicated the staff are.”


As an award-winning training provider, we are proud to deliver specialist racing qualifications, supported by our dedicated team of expert Trainer Coaches!

You can find out more by heading to the racing section of our website, or contact our dedicated Racing Specialist, Sam, on or 01672 518455.