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01 February 2023

Tickets on sale for Middleham Open Day – Good Friday April 7th

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Arena Racing Company (ARC) Middleham Open Day, a perfect pre-Easter day out for the whole family. The day will take place on Good Friday, 7th April and will offer access to some of Yorkshire’s most eminent yards, such as Charlie Johnston’s, Karl Burke’s and James Horton’s. There will be family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon.

Photo credit – Chris Bevan Photography

The ARC-sponsored event has become a firm favourite in the racing calendar and will be raising funds for Racing Welfare, the charity that provides crucial support and guidance to those who currently work or have previously been employed in the industry. In Yorkshire alone, Racing Welfare has helped in over 3,000 instances during 2022, with a total of 226 individuals in Middleham itself and 575 across the Northern region.

Racing Welfare’s chief executive, Dawn Goodfellow said: “The ARC Middleham Open Day is one of our flagship fundraising events of the year. It’s a day that sees our charity and the people we support engage with the wider public on a large scale, and it is always a date in the diary that many of us at Racing Welfare look forward to.

“The public’s support has never been more needed, as demand for Racing Welfare’s services continues to grow year-on-year. Without our fundraising events we simply wouldn’t be able to continue to offer our services to racing’s people on the scale that we do now. I hope to welcome lots of new and returning visitors to Middleham this Easter weekend.”

Sam Cone is Head of Communications and Public Affairs for long-standing event sponsor ARC. Sam said: “At ARC we recognise the importance of Racing Welfare’s services to those working in the horseracing and breeding industry, and our ongoing sponsorship of the Middleham Open Day reflects this.”
The day will commence at 9:30am (Karl Burke 10am) and the yards will close at 1pm. After this there will be a huge array of activities on Middleham’s Low Moor, including the inter-yard team challenge and the Aiskew Equine and Pet Supplies Dog Show.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6.50 for concessions if purchased prior to the 28th February (U16s go free).

For tickets and more information visit or follow Racing Welfare on Twitter and Instagram.

The current list of trainers taking part is as follows:
• Ben Haslam
• Charlie Johnston
• Foulrice Park Racing
• James Horton
• Jedd O’Keeffe
• Karl Burke
• Micky Hammond
• Neil Mechie

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