ARO Official Starter Ryan Colley ‘kick starts’ his year joining the BHA as ‘Raceday Official’

ARO are delighted to announce that Ryan Colley has been accepted into the BHA fold – this is an exciting next step opportunity in what we think will be a very exciting career path.

Ryan has had plenty of experience in UK horseracing as Assistant to Ruth Carr and also a spell with Trainer Alan King. He has also experienced the start from the ‘other side of the tape’ having had a few rides (and wins) as an Amateur Jockey.

As the Official Starter for the Arabian Racing Organisation Ryan certainly honed his skills with ARO having been nurtured by BHA Starter Peter Haynes, ARO are incredibly proud to see him move on to the next stage in his career. A valued member of the ARO team, Ryan was successful in an application of a bursary generously sponsored by ARO sponsor HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan that allowed him the opportunity to experience a placement in America to hone his Starting skills.

The new role that will see Ryan move from Yorkshire to the Epsom area when he starts the new role on 1st March, he will join two other new recruits who will also take up positions as “Raceday Officials” – a combined cross Departmental BHA initiative, between the Equine Welfare Integrity Officer and the Starters Dept. Lee Jones; formally Trainer Tom George’s Travelling Head Staff (11 years)  and Lisa Kozak; Oliver Sherwood’s Travelling Head Staff.

The ARO team are thrilled that we will still be seeing Ryan throughout the coming season as his commitment to racedays will be part of his on-going training – his first outing for ARO in 2018 will be the season opener at Chelmsford on 21st April. ARO wishes the new team the best of luck in their new careers and we look forward to seeing which of our team will be joining the BHA next!

Pictured here starting the second race at Wolverhampton at the ARO opening meeting.

(c) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media