There was a bumper turnout for Racing Welfare’s annual Bedmax Newmarket Heath Ride on Sunday (17th September), with 190 horses and riders lining up to take part.
The popular event offers the general public the unique opportunity to ride over eight, 15 or 20 mile routes across Newmarket’s racehorse training grounds, including the famous Al-Bahathri gallop, with all routes starting and finishing at the July Course.
Charlotte Valori, who was returning for a second year, said: “I’ve had a fantastic time. I came last year and I’m definitely going to come back again next year. It’s the most incredible privilege to be able to ride over this kind of ground as a member of the public – amazing!”
Not only did the ride provide a brilliant day out for the participants, but it raised a total of £7,960 for horseracing’s human welfare charity, Racing Welfare.
Jo White, Racing Welfare’s Corporate Fundraising and Events Manager said: “We pushed the date back by a couple of weeks this year to avoid clashes with other events in the equestrian calendar, and I’m so pleased that has paid off! It was amazing to see so many people turn out on Sunday, I’m delighted with the response.
“A huge thank you goes to the team from Jockey Club Estates and our 34 volunteers who did a wonderful job in stewarding the course, keeping everyone safe and smiling. A big thank you also to The National Stud, Newmarket Racecourses and our headline sponsor Bedmax, without whom this event simply would not be possible.”
Tim Smalley, Managing Director of Bedmax, said of their involvement: “Racing Welfare works tirelessly on behalf of those working within the racing industry, and as a company which has been supported by racing at all levels BEDMAX is thrilled to support the Newmarket Heath Ride.”