Ridden Winners on Every jump and flat race track in England.
We are proud that the British Racing School have enabled us to bring our proven coaching skills to the most prestigious location for learning race riding in the world. These facilities, our experience and training brings to race riders a first for coaching.
The support that we have from the professional jockeys has really spurred us on beyond an ‘idea’ and we are now fully insured and structured to bring the standard of British race riding up to a new level.
When you begin coaching with us we will usally start with an assessment of your riding and agree what we need to make improvements on, when and how.
The facilities at the Racing School are available to all riders being coached by us. This includes the UK’s only Equichute.
"I have been coached by Michael since 2010. He alway has time for me and shows me very clearly what I need to do to improve as well as what I am doing well. We sometimes ride work together in Newmarket and even then Michael takes me under his wing and helps me improve at all times."
Steve Smith Eccles
Started Jockey Coaching in 2007 for the British Racing School.
Steve was born in Derbyshire and spent his childhood in a small mining village Pinxton in Derbyshire, Steve was never involved in horses as a child and his first ever ride was a Donkey on Skegness Beach!
Steve moved to Newmarket in 1970 where he got him self a job with the late Harry Thompson-Jones, he would do all yard duties including sweeping, mucking out and cleaning the tack, Steve was never taught how to ride, he just spent hours in the mornings observing how everyone else rode, there was an old Irish lad that took him under his wing and helped him along with his riding
Rode his first winner in 1973 on ‘Bally Silly’ at Market Rasen for Harry Thompson Jones
Retained by Nicky Henderson from 1980-1988 when he became Champion Trainer, Steve partnered over 900 winners, including 8 Cheltenham Festival Winners, 3 of them on ‘See You Then’ in the Champion Hurdle in 1985/86/87 - and rode in 10 Grand Nationals, finishing 3rd in 1986 on ‘Classified’, once more for Nicky Henderson.
He also rode 26 winners internationally including America's Premier Steeplechase, ‘The Colonial Cup', on 'Declare Your Wish'.
After retiring from racing, Steve started Jockey Coaching in 2007, overseeing hands and heels and training race services for the British Racing School.
He says “Had there been a Jockey Coach when I was a young lad I would have been a far better Jockey”.
Michael was born in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham where he grew up around ponies and starting riding at the age of 9 years old. He went on to compete in show jumping and riding in the hunting field, before turning to racing which was his real passion.
Michael first held his licence in May 1983, since when he's ridden a winner on every flat race course and several jump tracks in Great Britain. The Cork and Orrey Stakes at Royal Ascot was one of the 10 Group Races that he won in his racing career, riding over 600 winners worldwide
At the start of the 2007 season, Michael was riding out early one morning on the dual Guineas winner, Cockney Rebel, when a freak accident caused them to fall, breaking his shoulder in several places. This sadly forced Michael into an early retirement.
Michael is still very much involved in the Racing industry however, riding out for many of the top trainers. He also teaches foreign students and young apprentice jockeys at the prestigious British Racing School in Newmarket, where he continues to give his great knowledge of racing and wealth of experience to the younger generation.