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The Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship

The Alex Scott Assistant Travel Scholarship is a well-known award in the industry for assistant trainers to further their careers in Alex's memory. Scholarship continues to be play a role in supporting those who are committed to a career training racehorses and promoting their education and improvement of their skills outside the United Kingdom.

The History of the Award

When Alex Scott, the Newmarket trainer, was tragically killed in September 1994, his friends and family contributed very generously to a fund which was spent in a variety of ways. They sponsored a 7 furlong maiden race at the Newmarket Craven Meeting and planted an avenue of trees next to the polytrack gallop on Southfields.

The third thing they did was to set up an Assistant Trainers' Scholarship, which is an annual award of about 3000, giving the winner the chance to spend one month abroad gaining work experience with a trainer in the country of their choice. It has been awarded every year since 1996 with the exception of 2003 and 2006. The Award is now funded by Racing to School (formerly BHEST).

The Scholarship has been won by many people who have gone on to have successful training careers including Eoghan O'Neill, James Given, Charlie Longsdon, Amy Weaver and Toby Coles. They have been to trainers all over the world but predominantly to the United States and Australia.

Reports from recent winners of the Award
The 2015 joint winners were Rob McDowall (employed by Sir Mark Prescott bt.) who visited John O'Shea in Australia, and Rachel Rodman (employed by Olly Stevens), who visited Wesley Ward in the USA - read their interesting reports below.

Quotes from other Award Winners

  • "The Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Scholarship is a fantastic way for an assistant to broaden their horizons on the methods of training in a different country. There is no way I would have gone to America if it had not been for the help of the scholarship." - Charlie Longsdon
  • "The experience of the scholarship was similarly significant in my personal development and gave me greater confidence and maturity to start my own training career." - James Given
  • "Being a winner of the scholarship also helped me out when I first started training, as it is a well known and recognised award for hard work and good performance. Potential clients were impressed that I was a former recipient of it and it helped me get owners, which of course is a vital part of training horses, especially when setting up, as you have no formal statistics to back you up at that stage." - Amy Weaver

Benefits gained from the Award experience

  • Expanding knowledge and understanding, especially increasing awareness of different training techniques and stable management
  • Gaining an appreciation of the common factors in running a successful training operation
  • Developing a network of contacts who will prove useful in the future
  • It could also be said that the scholarship leads young trainers to bring new ideas about training to this country so there is a real though perhaps intangible benefit to British racing in the long term.

How to Apply

Click here to download an application form..

Please email your completed application to

Closing the date for applications is September 30th 2016.

Judging the applications

Applications are invited in the autumn of each year by advertising on the BHA website and in the NTF newsletter. A shortlist (usually four) is selected and interviewed by the Committee consisting of Rupert Arnold and two members of the Racing to School Board.

After the winner is chosen, the Committee has to arrange the trip abroad, although some winners have done this themselves. They then go abroad in the month of their choice, depending on whether they are attached to a Flat or National Hunt yard. Each winner is required to write a report of their experience on their return.

How to Apply

Alex Scott with Cadeaux Genereux

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