On 25th June, British Racing promoted the sport’s high standards of equine welfare as The Horse Comes First campaign staged a range of events in conjunction with Newmarket, Nottingham, Newcastle and Aintree racecourses.
The day was a great success, and included a painted horse demonstration at Newmarket with the help of racehorse Gee Major and NEH vets Ben Jacklin and Will Barker, the first Retraining of Racecourse Parade to take place at the July Course and the involvement of 160 children from local primary schools through Newmarket's Under Starters’ Orders Primary School Education Programme.
At Nottingham, a visit by children supported by the Prince’s Trust charity were given a behind the scenes tour as well as the opportunity to join race goers to hear a presentation by Mark Bowen, Equine Cardiologist from Nottingham University, on the incredible speed of a racehorse's heart.
Meanwhile, at Newcastle, vets from Glasgow University promoted heir pilot project – The Thoroughbred Health Network. The initiative will enable owners and trainers to share veterinary best practice and information regarding reducing injuries.
At Aintree Racecourse, local children attended the Pony Education Day as part of the ‘Racing To School’ project run by BHEST and learnt more about the high level of welfare throughout the sport.
Below are a selection of photos from the national raceday: