Bumper crowds flocked to North Yorkshire on Good Friday as ARC Middleham Open Day returned, with 12 local racehorse trainers opening up their doors to the public.
Having been absent from the calendar since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a clear appetite to get back to in-person visits with more than 3,500 people in attendance.
Visitors to Middleham enjoyed watching horses swimming at Mark Johnston’s Kingsley House yard and were able to visit Ann Duffield’s yard to see horses working on the water treadmill. Activities on the Low Moor in the afternoon included an RoR parade and the ever-competitive inter-yard activities which saw a team from Mark Johnston’s take the spoils.
Former assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute, James Horton of Manor House Farm was among those opening their doors and followed up with a treble at Redcar on Easter Sunday – the trainer’s first winners in his solo career.
Importantly, the event raised in the region of £30,000 in vital funds for organisers Racing Welfare, who provide a wide range of advice and support services for people working in or retired from racing who make our days at the races possible.
In 2021, Racing Welfare provided 1,261 instances of support to 149 beneficiaries in the Middleham area. Wider than that, 611 individuals in the North received 3,590 instances of support.
Anyone working in the horseracing industry is able to get support by calling Racing Welfare’s 24/7 support line on 0800 6300 443 or by visiting www.racingwelfare.co.uk