The popular event will be returning after a year out. Middleham Open Day will be organised by Racing Welfare with a confirmed date of April 17th (Easter Monday) and sponsorship from Arena Racing Company.

The busy racing centre of Middleham has been home to racehorses in training for more than two-hundred years. The town’s racing industry continues to thrive with 400 plus winners having been trained there each year for the past 38 years. There are currently 15 training yards located in and around the town.

Middleham Open Day will give racing fans and local people the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the many yards opening their doors including those of Mark Johnston, Karl Burke, Micky Hammond and James Bethell amongst others.

After meeting racehorses, stable staff and trainers at open yards in the morning, visitors will be able to enjoy attractions on Low Moor in the afternoon afterwards which will include a competitive run.

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.

We are thrilled to be running the Middleham Stables Open Day. It’s a great day out for the whole family and an opportunity to see the care and attention that goes into looking after and training racehorses at close hand.

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive at Racing Welfare

We are delighted to take over the running of the Middleham Stables Open Day for 2017 and hope that its new date of Easter Monday will be well supported. It is a great opportunity for trainers to showcase their yards in Middleham and a chance for visitors to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Sarah Kilby, Regional Welfare Manager for the North at Racing Welfare