Former professional jockeys are proving a hit as tutors for current British point-to-point riders.
Following the securing of funding by the Point-to-Point Authority for a series of workshops, the first, a lesson with Carl Llewellyn at Stratford racecourse, sold out within hours. However, there are still places available at locations around England with Mark Bradburne, Brian Harding, Rodi Greene and Phil Kinsella, plus a course walk before racing with Tim Reed. All the tutors were successful jockeys and are now part of the British Horseracing Authority’s Jockey Coaching Programme – they are UKCC qualified in line with other mainstream sports.
The aim of the workshops is to enable point-to-point riders to improve their race riding, gain insights on diet and fitness, and pick up tips on how to reduce risks in a race – and ride winners! The cost is £10 a lesson, but they are free to members of the Point-to-Point Owners & Riders Association.
Mark Bradburne says: “No matter how fit young riders are, they cannot be fit enough. My aim is to help riders understand their capabilities so they can finish a race, meaning they can help a horse in a finish. The fitter a rider the more flexible they are and the better able they are to think clearly.”
Tim Reed says: “Most riders, when they start taking part in point-to-points, get a UR before an F, because a common fault is to sit too far forward and to forget to slip the reins. For my lesson – walking the course at Tabley – I will be talking generally about race riding, but also pointing out that the shortest route is not always on the inside, depending on bends, markers, and whether the course has been raced on.”
In addition to Carl Llewellyn’s workshop in Stratford this Thursday other sessions will take place at:
- Oaksey House, Lambourn, April 13, Mark Bradburne
- Penrith, Cumbria, May 1, Brian Harding
- Wellington, Somerset, May 6, Rodi Greene
- Middleton Key Centre, Yorkshire, May 11, Phil Kinsella
- Tabley racecourse, Cheshire, May 17, Tim Reed
Riders who wish to join a workshop should contact Abi Stock at the PPORA on 01789 415598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org