A unique chance to see behind-the-scenes at Middleham’s racing stables. After a morning meetings horses, trainers and stable staff there will be a range of activities taking place on the Low Moor.
Middleham Open Day is run by Racing Welfare and raises funds to support racing staff in the area. The busy racing centre of Middleham has been home to racehorses in training for more than 200 years. The town’s racing industry continues to thrive with 400 plus winners having been trained there each year for the past 38 years. There are currently 15 training yards located in and around the town.
Stable yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm and will include those of Mark Johnston who will again be showcasing his Park Farm Spa facilities, Jedd O’Keefe (where recent Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle winner and Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle hope Sam Spinner resides) and Karl Burke’s Spigot Lodge, trainer of last year’s Group 1 winners Laurens and Unfortunately. There will be lots more to see in the many historic yards around the area including the water treadmill recuperation facilities at Ann Duffield’s and a jumping demonstration and show of two year olds at James Bethell’s Thorngill stables. There will also be various market stalls and food offerings in Middleham, a craft fair at the Key Centre and parade of the local Fox Hounds.
In the afternoon, events will once again move to the Low Moor where planned activities include the Retraining of Racehorses Musical Ride and schooling of National Hunt horses from Micky Hammond’s stable. This will be followed by an inter-yard team competition for stable staff in which a Donkey Derby, sponsored by Beverley Racecourse, will feature this year as well as the return of a showjumping relay in conjunction with local pony club members.
Tickets to the event are on sale now at www.middlehamopenday.co.uk with adult tickets priced at £10, concessions at £7.50 and those 16 and under going free of charge.