Last chance to enter the Toby Balding Award!

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This is an annual £3,000 award to a member of racing staff who demonstrates a desire to further their career and to train for a higher-level qualification or undertake personal development training.

The award is funded by the National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) from a donation made by the Swire Trust in memory of the late racehorse trainer Toby Balding. Mr Balding was dedicated to the support and development of young people in the horseracing industry.


To be eligible for the award, racing staff must:

  • have a verifiable 5-year history of working in racing yards within a 7-year period
  • be willing to study and achieve qualifications to prepare them for senior roles. For example, studying for the Level Three Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management plus attending relevant leadership courses.
  • commit to developing a clear career path and engaging with Careers Advice and Training Services (CATS) to support them throughout the process.
  • demonstrate they have attributes required to progress to senior roles. These could include:
    – being recognised in their yard as a positive role model
    – having high standards, take pride in their work
    – always behaving in a professional manner
    – giving examples of additional responsibilities that they have been trusted with and carried out well
    – demonstrating dedication to the welfare and training of racehorses by giving examples of when they have ‘gone the extra mile’ for a racehorse
    – having experience of mentoring others (formally or informally)

Applicants will be asked to provide a short training and development plan explaining how and why the training will improve their career pathway and the impact that it will have on their personal situation.

More information and details on how to apply can be found in the members hub and on the NTF website.

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