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20 January 2022

New Residential Week dates announced for the Riding A Dream Academy

Applications have now opened for the second Riding A Dream Academy Residential Week. It is aimed at talented young riders between the age of 14-18 from underrepresented communities, diverse backgrounds and those that ride at urban equestrian centres. It acts as a fun introduction to British horseracing and is held at the British Racing School from Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June. The closing date for applications is Sunday 13th February. 

To date, 72% of the Academy’s cohort have come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The Academy has supported 18 young riders from underrepresented groups and urban equestrian centres through its first Residential Week in 2021. To find out more and apply visit the Riding A Dream Academy website here.

ITV Racing presenter Oli Bell, who co-founded the Academy alongside Great British Racing’s Naomi Lawson said: “At the Academy we are passionate about providing opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds, who have learnt to ride at an urban equestrian centre or city farm so that we can help to make racing more diverse and inclusive.

“We are thrilled to have supported so many talented riders so far and are looking forward to welcoming our next Residential Week group later this year. We’d love to uncover more stars of the future but more than that, this is about giving opportunities to people who might not otherwise have had it and showing what a wonderful sport racing is.” 

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