International Sister Cities Award – European Association of Racing Schools Final

International Apprentice Jockey Race

British Racing School graduates head to France for long awaited return of International Apprentice race.

British Racing School graduates head to France for long awaited return of International Apprentice Jockey’s race.

After an extended break, the International Apprentice Jockey’s race is back in force with an even more promising edition. The International Sister Cities Prize – EARS Final will bring together the young rising stars from across the globe on Thursday August 17, 2023 at Deauville racecourse. This event, organized by AFASEC and in partnership with the European Association of Racing Schools (EARS) and Adecco Training, promises an unforgettable international meeting for the future stars of the track.

Sixteen young jockeys from 12 countries (Germany, England, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United States, France, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Venezuela) will compete to win the title of best future racing star of the world. This year, Deauville racecourse will host the international group during its prestigious meeting in August: a major summer season horseracing event.

Representing the UK in this year’s event will be Anna Gibson (Gary Moore) and Alex Jary (Nigel Tinkler), both former BRS students. Prior to attending BRS, both apprentices had competed to a relatively high level in other sports, Anna competing nationally in gymnastics and Alex playing football to a good level, but neither had racing experience. In the six years since their graduations in 2017, Anna from course 308 and Alex from course 311, they have made great strides, racking up 6 and 13 wins respectively.  

This 9th edition of the race is open to apprentices and young jockeys under the age of 25, having from graduated from a racing school, with a minimum of 10 rides and a maximum of 15 wins. France puts the trophy back into play, following the victory in 2019 of Thomas Trullier, with today 61 victories to his credit.

International riders will also have the opportunity to pick up some French expertise during a morning’s training with a renowned professional in Deauville. This initiative will allow jockeys from all over the world to gain a new perspective on training methods in France and benefit from an enriching experience beyond racing.

The International Apprentice Jockey’s race has long been considered a springboard for these future stars. It offers a unique platform for young jockeys to demonstrate all their talent and ambition during a legendary day.  

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