Speed to Safety: training program helps teach Rockingham riders safe methods


Speed to Safety clinic participants at Lark Hill.
Speed to Safety clinic participants at Lark Hill.

RACING and Wagering Western Australia and the Pony Club Association of Western Australia hosted the first Speed to Safety clinic at the Lark Hill thoroughbred training facility.

Speed to Safety is an educational riding program where young riders are coached to ride track work to their graded cross-country times in a safe environment and surface of a racecourse.

Each training day doubles as a qualifier for a final to be held on race day at Perth Racing later in the year.

In order to qualify riders must ride track work as close as possible to the optimum time set in accordance to their graded times.

“Speed to Safety not only helps to expose young riders to racing and the career opportunities that are available within the industry, but also provides them with a chance to build on important riding skills that can be applied across all disciplines within the equestrian world,” RWWA’s Racing Industry Training manager Ron Fleming said.

The Lark Hill clinic was attended by riders from the Peel, Baldivis, Murray and South Midland districts.

During the clinic, the riders were taught skills and track work basics upon mechanical horses, which are used when training apprentice jockeys. Riders then headed out to the track where they began their 1000m run. Riders were required to count the seconds between every 200m mark in order to make the time.