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Academy students race to career success


Two students from the Riding A Dream Academy win places on the British Racing School’s foundation course

Students Kayanna, 16, and Sienna, 15, proved that dreams really do come true when they both recently secured places at the British Racing School. They were accepted onto the racing school’s foundation course after attending the Riding A Dream Academy, which helps young people, aged 14-18 who come from under-represented groups and communities, become involved in a horse racing career.

The inspiration for the academy came from Khadijah Mellah, who, in 2019, became the first British Muslim woman to ride in and win a British horse race – how amazing is that!

The Riding A Dream Academy has four different courses, including one that gives opportunities to students with little or no horsey experience. Applications open every year and, this year, you can apply until 17 March.

Kayanna and Sienna enrolled on the Khadijah Mellah Scholarship, which is a year-long course with monthly training sessions. The course ends with a 1st4sport Level One Award and successful students are supported in the next steps of their racing careers.

This summer, Kayanna and Sienna will take up their places at the British Racing School. Sienna, who was an academy student in 2021/22, said: “The Riding A Dream Academy has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to pursue this dream, which was almost impossible for someone like me from inner-city London with no horsey background.”

To find out more about the academy and its courses, visit ridingadreamacademy.com

Photo credit: Riding A Dream Academy and Alice Gough 


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