Horsepower in many forms comes to Newbury Racecourse
6 April 2011
9000 racegoers flock to inaugural Celebration of the Horse Raceday
A bumper crowd of more than 9,000 enjoyed a day of quality Jump racing as well as a celebration of the horse at Newbury Racecourse today. Personalities from the world of horseracing and equestrianism along with representatives from Go Affiliated encompassing Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing, Polocrosse, Endurance, The Pony Club, The British Racing School and Carriage Driving were all present at the Berkshire track supporting the day which was dedicated to raising funds for Riding for the Disabled (RDA).
The European Breeders? Fund Mares Novices? Chase and Hurdle finals featured on a card of seven races with the Emma Lavelle trained Easter Legend, ridden by Jack Doyle taking the chase and trainer Nicky Henderson continuing his successful run with Line Freedom winning the hurdle, with jockey Jerry McGrath picking up the ride as a last minute spare.
Line Freedom was also a particularly popular win for Riding Disabled. Chosen by Yogi Breisner as his Charity bet when taking part in a charity tipping challenge, generously supported by the Tote, Line Freedom?s win resulted in the RDA receiving an extra ?1115 to their day?s fund raising efforts.
In a joint initiative between Newbury Racecourse and the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) 400 members of the BEF organisations were also welcomed to Newbury Races for free. The day was introduced by a ridden parade of some of the most popular equestrian disciplines. World Class Performance Manager and Chef d?Equipe of the British Eventing Team Yogi Breisner was also present and provided a fascinating insight into his training techniques of the horse and rider with leading event rider Lauren Shannon on her top eventer Zero Flight. Yogi is one of the country?s most respected trainers of both horses and riders and has been closely involved with improving the jumping of Cheltenham Tote Gold Cup Winner Long Run.
Professional dressage rider Matt Hicks on board his Grand Prix horse Ferro?s Indulgence and Kim Seaby and Rubin-Esque further demonstrated the versatility of the horse with a stunning dressage to music demonstration.
Member of the British Carriage Driving squad Julie Camm was responsible for ferrying the British Horseracing Authority official starters of the two feature races to and from the race start. Gloucestershire based, Julie, competes on an international level at Carriage Driving Trials. She has represented Great Britain in four World Championships.
The equine theme has been developed by a group of students currently undertaking either a BSc (Hons) in Equine Business Management, Sports Business Management or Equine Science from the Royal Agriculture College, Cirencester, Hartpury and Sparsholt Colleges. The students took part in the inaugural Equestrian Challenge last Autumn and received a brief to develop and present their ideas to a panel for a themed raceday, delivering a schedule of engaging and educational equestrian activities around the horseracing complimented by a targeted communications and marketing plan.
Stephen Higgins, Joint Managing Director of Newbury Racecourse commented, ?Today has been a wonderful demonstration of the versatility of the horse and we look forward to supporting the British Equestrian Federation and Team GB when they fly the British flag at this year?s European Championships and through to London 2012 and beyond. With the obvious synergies between horseracing and the equestrian disciplines it is great to have an opportunity to show our support?.
Yogi Breisner Chef d?Equipe of the British Eventing Team added, ?Newbury Racecourse and the British Equestrian Federation did a great job today of bringing together the different equestrian sports and it has been wonderful to see everyone working together?.