The historic racing centre of Middleham is home to more than 500 horses in training. Visitors to the Middleham Open Day will be able to see the current equine talent at the yards of the twelve trainers who are opening their doors to the public for this special occasion.

As well as racehorses in training, there will be some special equine guests who have retired after top racing careers making appearances.

At Barry Keniry’s Warwick Lodge pre-training stables visitors will be able to meet two top-class dual purposes horses in Junior and Mad Moose. Junior holds the rare accolade of being a winner at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. Mad Moose, perhaps more famous for his refusal to race than his success on the track, is now a winner in the dressage arena. Despite his enigmatic nature, he was a highly talented performer under both codes including finishing 2nd to Sprinter Sacre in the Clarence House at Ascot.

Visitors to Ann Duffield’s Sun Hill Farm will be able to meet two previous Cheltenham Festival winners, Peddlers Cross and Cinders and Ashes. Both trained by Donald McCain, Peddlers Cross was a winner of the 2010 Neptune Investment Management Novice’s Hurdle at the Festival. In the 2010 season he was also a victor in the John Smith’s Mersey Novices Hurdle at Aintree and the Fighting Fifth at Newbury. Cinders and Ashes was a Cheltenham Festival winner in 2012, taking the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle.

Patrick Holmes’ Foulrice Park Racing at Little Spigot will be hosting a stand promoting the work of York-based racehorse rehoming charity New Beginnings. They will also have a number of local businesses displaying wares including Equine artist, Brian Halton, jeweller Rosemary Hetherington and The Saddle Room as well as refreshments including local Wensleydale Ice Cream.

Visitors with an interest in equine fitness and rehabilitation will be fascinated by an equine-spa demonstration at Mark Johnston’s Park Farm which houses not only an indoor equine swimming pool, but also a water-walker and a treadmill. Ann Duffield’s Sun Hill Farm will also be showing a demonstration of their Water Treadmill in use.

After yards close their doors for the morning, the fun will move across to Low Moor in the afternoon with a schooling demonstration with local National Hunt horses being followed by an inter-yard stable staff competition. The competition promises plenty of thrills and spills with activities include showjumping, gymkhana games, a gallop run (on two legs) and a tug-of-war.

As the organisers of the event, Racing Welfare will be the main beneficiary charity of the Open Day, with a proportion of the funds raised also going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.  Funds raised during this event will be used to work alongside the Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation to help develop a facility for young racing staff starting their careers in Middleham.

Tickets are currently on sale from this website and are excellent value for a family day out with adult tickets priced at £10 and children under-16 going free. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day itself.