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About Us

The Riding A Dream Academy is inspired by the incredible achievements of Khadijah Mellah who was the first British Muslim woman to ride in and win a British horse race. Funded by The Racing Foundation it is a pilot programme designed to help other young people from underrepresented communities and non-horsey backgrounds get involved in the sport.  

Within the Academy, there are two programmes which will run during 2021/2 - The Khadijah Mellah Scholarship and the Riding a Dream Residential Week.

About Khadijah Mellah

At the Riding A Dream Academy we’re passionate about supporting talented young riders from non-horsey backgrounds get involved in horse racing. Inspired by the incredible achievements of Khadijah Mellah, who became the first British Muslim woman to ride in and a British horse race, we want to help other young riders from urban equestrian centres achieve their dreams.

Our Partners
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We are so grateful to The Racing Foundation for funding The Riding A Dream Academy and its two programmes - The Khadijah Mellah Scholarship and The Residential Week. The Racing Foundation aims to make a difference to the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry by supporting charitable work in the areas of social welfare, training & education, racehorse welfare, equine science research and heritage & culture. Since it began it has awarded grants totalling over £22million in support of a wide range of projects and initiatives. You can find out more here

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The British Racing School is a specialist training centre on the outskirts of Newmarket, the headquarters of British horseracing. As horse racing’s premier training facility we are so pleased that the British Racing School will be looking after and supporting our young people who join both the Khadijah Mellah Scholarship and the Riding A Dream Residential Week. You can find out more about the school and it’s amazing state of the art facilities here

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