Scottish Racing Academy appoints two jockeys in education roles to help inspire people wanting a career in horseracing

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Written by: JETS News | Posted 16 October 2020 13:59

The Scottish Racing Academy (the SRA), which has recently joined the Friends of JETS scheme, has announced the appointment of two jockeys as part of their organisation which provides education and training for existing and potential horseracing staff.

Both Rachael McDonald and Emma Sayer, in their roles as lecturers, will teach and assess the progress of the racing students from across Scotland throughout their studies on the National Certificate in Horse Care (Racehorse Care specialism) course.

Rachael and Emma have both received personal development support from JETS and will be using their first-hand experience of the many challenges and rewards which people who work in the racing industry can regularly face. Whilst Emma also has worked as a PE teacher and Assistant trainer, she also rode as a successful Apprentice and Conditional jockey whilst Rachel’s current career as a jockey has included notable wins including two Borders Nationals at Kelso Racecourse and Edinburgh National at Musselburgh.

The new Scottish Racing Academy has collaborated with schools and colleges across Scotland and offers anyone who wishes to gain essential employability and academic qualifications, develop riding skills and gain knowledge of the vast range of careers within the racing industry. The Academy also offers opportunities for those who already work in horseracing to upskill their careers.

Eleanor Boden, Manager of the Scottish Racing Academy said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma and Rachel to our fast-growing team at the SRA, and are confident that their knowledge and passion for our wonderful sport will be transferred to the next generation of racing staff.”

Emma Sayer said “I am thrilled to be joining the SRA at such an exciting time for aspiring racing staff in Scotland and the north of England to develop their skills for a successful career in horseracing, and cannot wait to help students accelerate their individual development and provide them with the best education to achieve their individual goals”.

Rachael McDonald said “I am so pleased to have found a role where I can progress a career in education alongside my riding and I hope my experience will be beneficial to my students.”


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