The Horse Comes First at Newmarket Open Day

Visitors at the Newmarket Open Day were given the opportunity to experience the high quality of equine welfare in the British horseracing industry.

5,000 people attended the open day on 22nd September 2013 which offered a great opportunity to go behind the scenes at the headquarters of British horseracing. Visitors were shown around many of the Newmarket Trainers’ stables in the morning, and on the racecourse in the afternoon they were treated to a display from the Mounted Games Association, Shetland pony racing and a five-a-side football match between trainers and jockeys. The event raised £50,000 for the charities, the New Astley Club, the British Racing School and the National Horse Racing Museum.

The Horse Comes First campaign had a stand at the racecourse, handed out leaflets on the course and outside the National Horseracing Museum, and spoke to visitors about the high standards of equine welfare in the sport.

The Horse Comes First Campaign Consultant, Steven Gauge, said: “It was really helpful to meet the wider family at the Newmarket Open Day. British racing has a track record to be proud of and the people we spoke to were very keen to spread the word about the high standards of equine welfare in the sport.”

Building on the success at the Newmarket Open Day, The Horse Comes First campaign is keen to hear about other racing events which are happening across the country which will provide an opportunity to share the positive message about the racing industry. The campaign is also keen to hear from people who are willing to help advocate the impressive standards of care and training in British horseracing.

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