Popular open day events at Malton and Epsom are set to return on Sunday 11th September. The events, organised by racing’s human welfare charity, Racing Welfare, kick-start National Racehorse Week which aims to celebrate both the racehorse and the staff responsible for the high levels of care they receive daily.
Racehorse trainers will open their doors to the public, giving unrivalled behind-the-scenes access to some of the most prominent and historic racing yards in the UK. Visitors to both the North Yorkshire training centre and the home of the Epsom Derby will be able to meet a wealth of equine stars, as well as chat to the trainers and stable staff who provide their day-to-day care.
At the ARC Malton Open Day, yards will open during the morning followed by activities at Highfield Gallops during the afternoon. Whilst visiting the open yards during the morning, guests will have the opportunity to see this year’s Royal Ascot winning horses Perfect Power and The Ridler at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank stable. The afternoon’s packed schedule will see events for all the family, including the popular Linton Pet Shop dog show, as well as a Retraining of Racehorses show.
The Epsom Open Day, taking place on the same day, welcomes visitors to visit the famous Epsom Downs for a morning of behind-the-scenes access at the home of the Derby. The day begins with a gallops and starting stalls demonstration, after which guests will be invited to visit the open yards throughout the morning. Activities for all the family will be available at the yards, including a fun ‘Racing Trail’ for the younger ones, plus demonstrations showing how to groom and tack up the horse, load and unload onto a horsebox and a farrier display.
Both events will be raising vital funds for organisers Racing Welfare, who have a strong local presence in and around both Malton and Epsom. The charity provides a wide range of advice and support services for people working in or retired from racing, and organises a range of events, trips and activities in the local communities.
Tickets are available for both events, priced at £12.50 for the ARC Malton Open Day and £10.00 for the Epsom Open Day. As always, under 16s are welcome to attend for free. Go to www.maltonopenday.co.uk or www.epsomopenday.co.uk to book now.