April 1: Middleham Open Day is a racing certainty

From: Robert Beaumont, The Horse Comes First, Minskip, Near Boroughbridge, York.

ON Good Friday, the racing community in Middleham opens its doors to the public, welcoming them to visit the local yards to see hundreds of racehorses up close and relaxed in their home environment.

British Racing is recognised as a world leader on horse welfare. British Racing is also committed to providing the best possible standards of veterinary care for its horses.

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This commitment to maintaining high standards of equine welfare extends beyond a racehorse’s career on the racecourse. An increasing number of racehorses go on to successful second careers after retiring from the track, an aspect that will be marked at Middleham by the presence of former star chaser Mister McGoldrick, who be appearing on behalf of the charity, New Beginnings.

There are now over 10,000 horses registered with Retraining of Racehorses as active in other equine disciplines outside of racing, including Polo, Showing, Dressage and Eventing, as well as those horses happily engaged in hacking and exercising.

Open Days in the country’s principal training centres demonstrate British racing’s transparency and highlight the pride racing’s staff have in the horses under their care.