Good Friday, 30th March 2018 sees the return of the popular Middleham Stables Open Day where 13 yards will again be opening to the public.  The event, sponsored by ARC, took place last year on Easter Monday but this year returns to its traditional slot on Friday 30th March. 

Stable yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm and will include those of Mark Johnston who will again be showcasing his Park Farm Spa facilities, Jedd O’Keefe (where recent Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle winner and Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle hope Sam Spinner resides) and Karl Burke’s Spigot Lodge, trainer of last year’s Group 1 winners Laurens and Unfortunately.  There will be lots more to see in the many historic yards around the area including the water treadmill recuperation facilities at Ann Duffield’s and a jumping demonstration and show of two year olds at James Bethell’s Thorngill stables.  There will also be various market stalls and food offerings in Middleham, a craft fair at the Key Centre and parade of the local Fox Hounds.

In the afternoon, events will once again move to the Low Moor where planned activities include the Retraining of Racehorses Musical Ride and schooling of National Hunt horses from Micky Hammond’s stable. This will be followed by an inter-yard team competition for stable staff in which a Donkey Derby, sponsored by Beverley Racecourse, will feature this year as well as the return of a showjumping relay in conjunction with local pony club members.