The Horse Comes First is delighted to be at the Newmarket Open Weekend this week to raise awareness about the high levels of equine care and welfare in British horseracing.
The Horse Comes First is joining forces with Retraining of Racehorse on the Rowley Mile on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Across both days, visitors will have the opportunity of winning a pair of tickets for QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October, the richest ever raceday held in Britain. All they have to do is come along to our stand and enter our exciting competition.
Thousands of visitors are expected to descend upon the headquarters of British Racing for what promises to be an action-packed weekend which will include the opportunity to visit trainers' yards and equine sites, including the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art and The National Stud, as well as the recognised centres of excellence for equine veterinary care including the Newmarket Equine Hospital and Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons. There will also be an afternoon of racing on Saturday with a range of special activities.
The weekend provides a great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of British racing, one of the world's best regulated animal activities. Indeed, among a population estimated to be around 1 million, racehorses in Britain are almost certainly among the healthiest and best looked after 2% of horses in the country. The weekend will also be a great chance to meet some of the 6,000 people employed by the sport to provide first class care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training.
Throughout the weekend, Newmarket racecourse will be fundraising for this year’s chosen charities, Racing Welfare’s Newmarket Housing Project and the Newmarket Day Centre.
For more information on the Newmarket Open Weekend, visit: http://www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk/