RaceTech is the dedicated technical facilities provider that has maintained British Racing at the forefront of global broadcast technology for more than seventy years.
Haddon Training recently provided RaceTech with a training course on safety in the parade ring for their cameramen who film and broadcast on racecourses. This consisted of information and training sessions alongside practical days spent on a racing yard.
Here our Racing Specialist Sam Davies-Thomas explains more about the course, “Our practical days took place at Station Yard Racing, thanks to Francesca and Charlie Poste, who run a successful pre-training and point to point yard in the middle of Warwickshire.
We had employees from RaceTech coming to learn more about the reactions of horses to different scenarios and how to interpret these. We observed the horses riding out on the gallops and around the yard and discussed how the horses may react to different elements they may face which could occur on a racecourse. The sessions were interactive; there was the opportunity to handle horses, time to interact with Charlie, Fran and the staff and to also understand different ages and types of horse they might find at the races to enable them to improve their skills on the job.
Safety was an important aspect of the training; understanding how to act around the horses and have an awareness of signs to look out for that may occur at a racecourse. We also observed Charlie handling youngsters and breaking in horses for the first time, and how they react to having a person on their back for the first time. This was essential for the RaceTech staff to understand, so that they had a complete grasp of the basics around riding a horse and handling them, and know the involvement and work that goes into the horse’s development before they get to a racecourse, to make sure they are safe to be handled and in this kind of environment. We received a lot of positive feedback from everyone at RaceTech who attended and we hope they are able to apply what they have learnt.”