The Horse Comes First raceday at Hamilton Park Racecourse, which took place in July, has been shortlisted as a Finalist for the Racecourse Association (RCA) Showcase Awards.
The raceday, organised in conjunction with Hamilton Park Racecourse and Scottish Racing, and supported by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), is a Finalist in the “All About The Horse” category.
Demonstrating the high standards of equine welfare, The Horse Comes First raceday was a resounding success. The day included a range of interactive activities, the highlight of which was a presentation by a leading vet educating racegoers about the skeleton and internal organs of a racecourse courtesy of Harvey, the painted horse.
Dr David Sutton, Senior Veterinary Clinician at Glasgow University, explained to racegoers the remarkable anatomy of a racehorse which had been painted onto Harvey. Dr Sutton also emphasised how British Racing’s “vast investment, over £25 million since 2000” has helped further research and insight into treatment and prevention of equine disease across a variety of breeds, not just the Thoroughbred.
The raceday also demonstrated that the first class levels of welfare that racehorses receive does not end upon their retirement from the sport. Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, hosted a parade of ex-racehorses now enjoying successful second careers in disciplines ranging from showjumping to dressage.
The success of the The Horse Comes First raceday is another example of the racing industry coming together to showcase the high standards of equine welfare provided throughout the industry. Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park, together with all her team at the racecourse got behind the day, being “proud” to host The Horse Comes First Raceday and describing the day as “educational” and “fun”.
The winners of the RCA Showcase Awards will be announced on Thursday 13th November at a ceremony at Haydock Park Racecourse in Merseyside. For more information, visit www.britishracecourses.org, or follow @RCAShowcase on Twitter.