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Star names lined up for Stables Open Day
Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank yard was popular at last year’s event. This year it will host a display of farriery
AN all-star line up of some of racing’s best know personalities will take centre stage during a question and answer session at the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day later this month.
The panel includes seven times champion jockey John Francome, leading pundits Jim McGrath and Mike Cattermole, Jack Berry, vice-president of the Injured Jockeys Fund and Desert Orchid’s trainer, David Elsworth.
It will takes place in the Milton Rooms, Malton, at 2pm on Sunday, August 25.
The open day, which is raising funds for four charities – Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare – involves more then 20 of Malton’s trainers who will be opening their doors to the public, plus a number of demonstrations and activities.
These include Gary Witheford, who will be demonstrating his method of ‘starting’ horses using two unbroken yearlings which will go from being completely unbroken to ridden in less than 30 minutes.
Gary will also be performing a demonstration of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ with his Andalucian stallion, Brujo. The yearling demo’s will be at 11am and 1pm at Wold House Stables, Langton Road.
There will also be a display of a farriery at Richard Fahey’s yard; an equine dentist will be demonstrating his skills at Lawrence Mullaney’s from 11.30am; a saddlery demonstration throughout the morning at Malcolm Jefferson’s yard, and a display by Retraining of Racehorses at Norton Grange Stables.
Throughout the day there will be displays of local racing memorabilia and horse racing photography, a children’s section hosted by the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust at the Milton Rooms, as well as stalls and refreshments.
Visitors buying the open day programme will also have the opportunity to win a VIP racing break worth £572, including a night at the Talbot Hotel in Malton, with a three-course dinner and full Yorkshire breakfast followed by two tickets to York Races for the Coral Sprint Trophy Day, where they will have two County Stand badges and a table in the Melrose Club Lounge.
Thousands of people visited the event last year – the first open stables day for 10 years.
Karon Brown, a member of the Malton Racing Association, said: “The open day is a really fantastic opportunity to come along to Malton, visit the various different yards and meet the horses, jockeys and trainers and watch some brilliant demonstrations.
“The question and answer session should be really interesting and draw a large crowd to the Market Place and we hope that the day will both raise awareness of what Malton has to offer and raise plenty of funds for four fantastic charities.”
The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Tim Easterby’s opening half an hour earlier, and admission is £10 for adult and under 12s go free.
Admission includes a free park-and-ride system with a bus every 15 to 20 minutes taking visitors to all the yards in Malton and Norton. Included in the price is a £3 discount off admission to Beverley Races in the afternoon.
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