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Funeral Arrangements Set for Jockey Keagan Kirkby After Fundraising Success

Fundraising Success

The funeral for jockey Keagan Kirkby, who tragically passed away after a fall during a race, is scheduled to take place next month. Kirkby, a beloved point-to-point rider, had been working at champion trainer Paul Nicholls’ yard before the accident occurred in Kent earlier this month.

Details of the Funeral

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at Ditcheat Church in Somerset at 12.15pm. The family has requested attendees to wear blue and white (Bristol Rovers-related) or their favorite horse racing colors, and to refrain from bringing flowers. The Injured Jockeys Fund expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support received by Kirkby's family during this difficult time.

Tributes Pour In

Trainer Paul Nicholls shared his sense of loss, describing Kirkby as a passionate and kind-hearted individual who was dedicated to his work. Nicholls expressed the deep impact Kirkby's passing had on him and the entire team.

Generous Donations

A Just Giving page established in Kirkby's memory has raised over £55,000, with significant contributions from individuals such as Michael Geoghegan and Ged Mason. Geoghegan donated his horse's winnings to the fund, reflecting the widespread support for Kirkby within the racing community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I condition a horse for racing?

A racehorse’s conditioning is a process that involves a combination of slow, long distance work for stamina as well as shorter, faster workouts for speed. A carefully designed regimen of exercise must gradually strengthen the horse’s cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal system. This is done to mimic the stress of racing, without injuring or overstressing it.

Can you train your racehorse anywhere?

While initial training can occur on a variety of tracks, specific race training often requires facilities that simulate the conditions the horse will face in competition. This includes regulation-sized tracks with the same type of surface the horse will race on. By using the right track, you can condition your horse properly and help them get used to the racing environment.

What is the role of the jockey when training a racehorse?

Jockeys have a crucial role to play in the training of racehorses. They not only ride the horses during workouts, providing feedback on the horse’s performance, but also help in educating the horse about racing tactics, such as pacing, positioning, and responding to commands. A good jockey will become familiar with the horse’s strengths as well as its weaknesses. This is vital for race preparation.

What kind of diet is best for a racing horse?

A racehorse’s diet must be high in quality and precisely balanced to meet the energetic demands of training and racing. The feed is a mix of commercially produced racehorse-specific feed, high-grade hay and grains such as barley or oatmeal. A diet that is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients will support the horse’s health and help them perform at their best.

What is the first training step for a racehorse?

The initial phase of training a racehorse involves a critical stage known as “breaking,” where the horse becomes accustomed to carrying a saddle, bridle, and the weight of a rider. During these early sessions, patience and gentle handling are paramount to ensure the horse learns to be comfortable with human interaction and the equipment it will wear throughout its racing career.

What precautions should be taken to ensure the health of a racehorse when training it?

In order to prevent injury and illness, it is essential that racehorses receive the care they need. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, dental care, and proper hoof management are essential. Monitoring the horse’s signs of fatigue, discomfort or strain is equally important. It is important to implement a carefully planned training regime that allows a gradual progression in intensity. This will minimize the risk for musculoskeletal problems.


  • The majority of racehorses in training are subject to an exercise regimen that includes being ridden six days a week.
  • The average racehorse reaches its peak physical ability between the ages of four to five, with some variation based on the breed and individual development.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • Approximately 70% of a racehorse’s diet consists of forage, with the remainder made up of grains and supplements to meet their high-calorie needs.
  • Racehorse mortality rates during racing have been observed to be between 1.5 to 2 deaths per thousand starts, depending on the racing jurisdiction.

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How to Create an Efficacious Training Schedule for Racehorses

The best training schedules for racehorses should balance intense exercise with rest. Incorporate a mix of walking, trotting, galloping, and breezing workouts throughout the week, varying the intensity to build fitness. You should schedule rest days in order to recover your mental health and repair muscles. Seasonal training cycles in relation to the horse’s racing calendar. Tapering activities before a race will ensure peak performance.

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