An all-star line up of some of racing’s finest afficiondos will take centre stage during a question and answer session at the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day which takes place on Sunday, August 25th.
The star-studded line up includes seven times champion jockey John Francome, leading pundits Jim McGrath and Mike Cattermole, Jack Berry (MBE) vice president of the Injured Jockeys Fund and Desert Orchid’s esteemed trainer, David Elsworth and takes place in the Milton Rooms in Malton Market Place at 2pm.
The Open Day, which is being staged as a fund raiser 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, and a number of unmissable demonstrations and activities. They 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.
There will also be a display of a farriery at the yard of Richard Fahey, an equine dentist will be demonstrating his skills at Lawrence Mullaney's yard from 11.30am, a saddlery demonstration throughout the morning at Malcolm Jefferson's yard, physiotherapy, a display by Retraining of Racehorses, displays of local racing memorabilia and horseracing photography, a children’s section hosted by the British Horseracing Education Education and Standards Trust and refreshments stand.
Celebrity equine honours go to 2012 John Smiths Grand National winner Auroras Encore who will be paraded by his trainer Sue Smith.
Malton has been associated with the training of thoroughbreds for more then 300 years and is the third largest training centre in the UK, after Newmarket and Lambourn. The area is home to more than 1000 racehorses who last year were the winners of 600 flat races and, 150 jumps races and more then £4 million in prize money. The opening of the local training stables offers a unique first hand perspective of what happens in the world of horseracing.
The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Tim Easterby’s opening half an hour earlier, and admission is £10 for adult and under 12’s 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.