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Horse racing training sessions for children

Participants from the Horse Racing Academy during their training sessions as part of #OnTheMove – winter programme.

Participants from the Horse Racing Academy during their training sessions as part of #OnTheMove – winter programme.

Horse racing training sessions for children are being offered on Saturday mornings at the Malta Racing Club in Marsa as part of Sport Malta’s #On The Move programme. The sessions are run by the Horse Racing Academy, coordinated by Thomas Cunningham and five dedicated instructors.

To date, nearly 50 youths and children are attending the two-hour training sessions on the academy’s six friendly ponies and horses. Some participants sometimes also train on their own Shetland ponies.

Participants, whose ages range between seven and 14, are coached on how to ride a pony or horse properly and confidently around a secluded flat area. Afterwards, they join groups of four to take part in test races. Apart from this, the children are also taught how to provide basic care for horses and their needs.

Cunningham said: “As we approach our end-of-year competitions in June, we are organising Shetland ponies trotting races so that participants gain competition experience.”

The horse riding sessions form part of Sport Malta’s #On the Move winter programme of educational sports disciplines, which is supported by  Kellogg’s. For further information call 2203 6000, e-mail info@sportmalta.org.mt or visit the website below.

www.sportmalta.org.mt

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