On Wednesday 13th June, Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket welcomed a party of teachers and children from Soham Village College on a visit organised in conjunction with the British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust’s Racing to School project.

Racing to School is a free educational programme for young people, developed with the aim of bringing the sport of horseracing to the attention of a younger audience in a fun and interactive way whilst also making references to elements of the National Curriculum.

The programme supports over 10,000 children each year, including many who are disadvantaged, providing unique learning opportunities that include behind the scenes visits to local racecourses, studs and trainers' yards.

The purpose of the Juddmonte visit was to show the students around the stud and teach them more about the life of the Thoroughbred horse – including their lifecycle from foaling to breeding, feeding regimes and types of feedstuffs, identification, colours and markings, as well as a brief history of Juddmonte itself.

Some of the stud’s mares and foals were also on show – including the legendary Hasili – as well as the stallions themselves, and the day was rounded off with a quiz to test the students’ knowledge. 

The event was deemed to be a great success. “We would very much like to thank all the team at Banstead Manor Stud for their hard work and attention to detail which made the event such a positive experience for all involved," said Ollie McPhail, Lead Education Officer for BHEST.

"This was a unique opportunity for the students to learn about the breeding industry and the range of careers opportunities that it offers. We hope that our partnership with Banstead will continue and that we can go on to run more events like this together in the future."

For further information about the BHEST Racing to School programme visit 

Date: 14 June 2012