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13 September 2023

What a start to National Racehorse Week!

This year’s National Racehorse Week takes place 9-17th September.

Originating from an idea from trainer Richard Phillips in 2019, National Racehorse Week is designed for racing to open its doors to the public for them to see and enjoy the magnificent horses and the care and love they receive every day.

Racing Together is a proud National Racehorse Week partner, developing community engagement as a key focus of the week-long celebration of the racehorse. Racing organisations are also encouraged to host their own community and charity activity, as you can see from the photo above featuring York Racecourse equine ambassador Goldream, a resident at New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming, visiting Clifton Green Primary School’s assembly on Monday.

Find out more about Racing Together’s community visits and why they are important below

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With core funding provided by the Racing Foundation, National Racehorse Week is able to put a significant focus this year on community outreach and engagement. Over 50 dedicated community events are scheduled to take place across the country, supported by Racing Together and Racing to School, with more than 500 people from schools, charities, urban equestrian centres and community groups getting involved to have their first experience behind the scenes of racing. And where people are not able to attend a yard visit, racehorses were taken to them.

We’re proud to be working with the following charitable organisations this year to bring community events to life:

  • Mind Charity (multiple regional groups)
  • Blue Light Tickets
  • Tickets4Troops
  • Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • Box4Kids, Barrie Wells Trust
  • Many schools

And the following trainers (in no particular order):

  • Emma Lavelle
  • Andy Irvine
  • Mark Pattinson
  • Donald McCain
  • Rebecca Menzies
  • Jo Davis
  • Ilka Gansera Leveque
  • Daniel and Claire Kubler
  • Paul Nicholls OBE
  • Susan Corbett
  • Nick Alexander
  • Jo Foster
  • Doncaster Racecourse and Arena Racing Company
  • Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero
  • Dan Skelton
  • Jimmy Moffatt
  • Hugo Palmer
  • and more!
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