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Prior to his placement Colley said. “I’m really excited. It’s my first visit to America, and I am looking forward to seeing how their racing system operates. I’m told it is very different from ours, so this is a fantastic opportunity to see it first hand. “Having been a stable lad and ridden as an amateur, it will be fascinating to learn new skills from the racing officials’ side. I’ll also be spending two days in Dallas, taking a certificate in starting procedures, which will be a useful addition to my CV.” Standing at over 1.8m tall, Colley, who had never ridden before he attended the NRC course, rode two winners from eight rides as an amateur and now aims to develop his career out of the saddle to become a raceday official. “My ambition is to become a starter in the UK and my experience America could provide me with a

valuable foot in the door,” He said. NRC Chief Executive Stephen Padgett commented. “The scholarships are a tremendous new initiative and, as one of the first to be awarded, this is a great opportunity for Ryan, who will be an excellent ambassador for the College. We look forward to hearing about his experiences.” Speaking with Colley in June, following a HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival sponsored meeting at Hereford where he had been acting as assistant starter, he said. “The IFHRA scholarship was very good, it took me to Kentucky, where I was working at the Lexington training centre where we school horses in the morning through the gates. It’s a very different procedure to the UK - they have to have a ‘gate Ok card’ before they can run.

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.