A visit to a thoroughbred stud where foals are born and raised before they go to a racing stable highlights the importance of the breeding side of the racing industry and offers a myriad of learning opportunities for young people.

On a Racing to School Stud Day pupils will learn how a stud operates on a daily basis and just how many people work behind the scenes to run such a business.

The pupils will explore the selective breeding process and discover that like us, thoroughbred horses, hold passports which identify them from each other and give details about where they were born.

Pupils tell us that the highlight of a stud visit is the tour of the stud and the chance to meet some of racing's future stars, as well as some of the older ones.