MORGAN Ross is jumping for joy after being accepted to study at the National Racehorse College.
The 17-year-old, who studies at Stalybridge-based Works4U, will study for a qualification in stable management at Doncaster.
Morgan, who lives in Dukinfield, is hoping it will lead to a job in racing, initially as a stable lad with the long-term dream to become a jockey.
Works4U is a specialist college which offers an alternative to mainstream education.
And since Morgan, who was a former pupil at Ravensfield Primary and White Bridge College, both Dukinfield, went to Works4U two-and-a-half years ago, he has flourished.
Mollie Mackie, Works4U’s farm manager, explained that Morgan was removed from mainstream education because he suffered from anxiety.
She explained Morgan initially attended the Works4U base on Ridge Hill Estate before switching to Raglands Farm.
Mollie said: “Morgan was anxious and would never do a full day or engage with others.
“He went to the farm just for one day and it was soon five days a week.“Morgan has developed massively in terms of confidence and independence and it is rewarding to have helped him find his calling.”
Mollie added when she spoke to Morgan about going to college, it was he who went away and found the National Racehorse College.
“He applied and I took him for his interview which he passed, and he starts the 12-week course in early October,” she said.
In the meantime, Morgan, who has completed his animal care level one diploma with Works4U, has been volunteering at Raglands Farm where he has been helping new learners settle.
He continues to look after piebald cob Ese, who he rides on the farm and along surrounding lanes.
“I have loved the time spent at Raglands Farm and it has helped me develop as a person,” he said.
Morgan is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Peter Ross, who was a former stable lad and amateur jockey.
Peter, who lives in Burnley, has 11 former racehorses on his farm at Burnley, one of which belongs to Morgan who explained he has grown up with horses.
Morgan, who has ridden since the age of seven, has owned the 20-year-old thoroughbred for the last 12 months,
And despite the former racehorse’s advancing years, Morgan explained he can still move “pretty fast”.