British Horseracing Development Programme begins in Newmarket

06 Jul 2023 BHA Features

The 2023 British Horseracing Development Programme is underway at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

For an initial two weeks, 17 people seeking to forge a career in racing will be immersed in all aspects of the industry through a series of lectures and discussions, delivered by leading industry figures, as well as visits to sites including Newmarket’s historic racecourses, Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud and Tattersalls.

Those on the programme, which began on Monday 3 July, include candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, some with degrees and others who have been in employment for a period of time after concluding their education.

Speakers over the course of the fortnight include ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin, the Levy Board’s Alan Delmonte and Racing Post editor Tom Kerr, all three of whom themselves participated in previous years during the programme’s over 30-year history.

Following their time at the British Racing School, the participants will embark upon eight-week placements across a range of industry organisations, including the BHA, the ROA and Sky Sports Racing.

Zoe Elliott, Head of Careers Marketing and Recruitment at the BHA, said: “The beginning of the British Horseracing Development Programme is always an exciting time and I wish all of this year’s participants the very best.

“The British Horseracing Development Programme has a long and proud track recording of identifying talented people and providing them with pathways into their dream career in racing. I have no doubt this year’s intake will go on to play important roles in our sport for many years to come.”

Ed Chamberlin said: “The British Horseracing Development Programme has a special place in my heart, having taken part in 1996. So many people in the industry got their start in racing through this wonderful programme and I am proud to be among the alumni.

“As well as gaining key insights and making connections that could shape their careers, this year’s participants like so many before them will leave the programme with lifelong friendships and memories they will carry with them forever. I am excited to get to the British Racing School to meet them and hope they have a fantastic summer.”

Notes to Editors

  1. This year’s participants and their placements are:
  • Adam Holland – BritBet
  • Claudia Robb – BHA
  • Beau Malik – GBR
  • Dominic Easton – BCS
  • Jack Dawling -ROA
  • Jake Chaplin – Newmarket Racecourses
  • Jasmine Firth – Sky Sports Racing
  • Jithin Parammal Ambadi – BHA
  • Krista O’Hara – BHA
  • Lee Norrell – Weatherbys
  • Lewis Williams – Star Sports
  • Luke Hawkins – National Horseracing College
  • Luke Trewin – HBLB
  • Mathew Daubeney – JockeyCam
  • Michael Walton – RCA
  • Molly Griffiths – BHA
  • Raphael McCall – Racing Post
  1. Click here for more information on the British Horseracing Development Programme.