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He continued. “In the afternoon I was at the Jockey Club, going through the rules and regulations with Kathy O’Meara and then at the weekends, heading up to Turfway Park, Cincinnati and observing the starts there during racing, which was all a very good experience. Then I spent two days in Dallas for the Racing Officials Accreditation programme which was very interesting; I gained my certificate, which will look great on my CV and I hope will be useful over here.

September. I’ve been down at York and Ainstey South and a couple of other hunt point-to-points to do starting there – I’m just doing as much voluntary work as I can to gain as much experience as possible.” At Chelmsford for the ARO Season Finale, he was the official starter for the 9 race card, which had 85 runners, including 73 Purebred Arabians, and was assisted by British Horseracing Authority starter Peter Haynes. Haynes has been mentoring Colley, training him in UK procedures, both at ARO meetings and allowing Colley to shadow him at BHA fixtures too. Following this Colley was then invited out to Abu Dhabi for this years’ Conference on Education and Training and to witness the Jewel Crown meeting. He describes his experience enthusiastically saying. “I owe a big thank you to Mr Haynes and also to the Northern Racing College for putting me forward for the IFHRA Scholarship. The time I spent in Kentucky has been a priceless experience. Another big thank you to Remi Bellocq for his incredible work organising everything for my scholarship.

Ryan Colley and Peter Haynes at Chelmsford City

Colley concluded saying. “Since I have returned to the UK I have been volunteering with ARO, I was at Chelmsford in April, I’ve been here today and I’ve got two more dates as a starter, rather than assistant starter, including the ARO Season Finale and Sultanate of Oman Raceday on 25

Colley starting at Hereford

THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE

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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.

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.