Are you interested in horses or horse racing?
Would you like to see how race stables work?
Join us on Good Friday to find out.
This annual Open Day is a unique opportunity to see the racehorses in their training establishments throughout the Lambourn Valley – The Valley of the Racehorse. Unfortunately the event was cancelled in 2013 but the organisers are hoping for better weather and a bigger and better day all round!
As per 2012, when there was an attendance of approaching 10,000 people, over 30 Trainers’ yards will be open to the Public providing a unique opportunity to meet the horses, staff, trainers and jockeys and to see behind the scenes. It is hoped that the Kingwood Stud will be open too. In 2013 the highlights included the Household Cavalry perfoming their spectacular Musical Ride which they have been performing across the UK and overseas since 1882. With 28 horses and 36 soldiers, the display includes 4 state trumpeters and the Queen's drum horse and really is a sight to behold. The soldiers will be taking on top jockeys including AP McCoy and John Francome in an exciting show jumping competition against the clock. There will be an opportunity to see horses swimming and the local farriers at work, whilst, as long as there is no emergency surgery required, the Valley Equine Hospital will also open its doors. All the above will be available 8.30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and in some car parks there will be refreshments vans and free Racing Post newspapers available.
From 10 a.m. the large tradestand area in the middle of Lambourn will be open, with some 70 tradestands and food and drink facilities..
From 1p.m. in the area of the tradestands many action packed events will take place and in some the top jockeys will be thrilling the crowds with their expertise. There will be fun and laughter aplenty.
In addition to all the activities, there will be the Open Day Raffle with some amazing prizes and also the Silent Auction where you can bid for some incredible experiences.
You are welcome to bring your dog provided it is kept on a lead. The RSPCA advises that animals are never left inside cars.
Disabled Access - Horses don't like steps either and so most of the racing yards are on level ground with tarmac or concrete walkways. The horses are generally in their stables and will often have their head out of the door, for a wheelchair user it may be difficult to view the horses who are tucked away in a far corner of the stable. However the stables are all attended and you are encouraged to ask for assistance from one of the stable lads. When you arrive at the stable please indicate that you are disabled or have a disabled passenger. Wherever safely possible you will be allowed to park close to the buildings and drop a disabled passenger. The afternoon entertainment is on a grass field which may prove challenging to wheelchair users without attendants. Parking for vehicles with disabled drivers and passengers is directly next to the field. Special toilets for disabled visitors have been hired and are available at key locations. Please ask any of the marshals. They are also marked in the Open Day programme Some of the yards are not within the village boundary. This includes Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows and Barry Hills / William Muir on the road to Wantage. There is no public transport to these yards and the best way to see them is by taking your car there. Walking is not recommended since the main road is very busy on the Open Day and can be hazardous for pedestrians.
Directions will be signed by the RAC from after leaving the M4 Junction 14, on the Wantage road and from other approach routes
Please go to www.lambourn.info for up to date announcements of the events planned and all details.
For further details see www.lambourn.info
CAR PARKS OPEN 7:30AM (Most yards open from from 8:30AM to 1:00PM)
A printed programme showing the location of the racing yards and listing the horses at each yard will be available to purchase on the day at all car parks and at the entrance of each yard. It will also include interesting articles and many great coloured photographs.
8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Yards Open
Kauto Star will be at Oliver Sherwood's yard in the morning
Yards close sharp at 1 p.m. for the benefit of the horses, some of which will be running over Easter.
Valley Equine Hospital open A.M.
Horses Swimming at Windsor House stables at 0930, 1030 and 1130.
Oaksey House Open
Sylvester Kirk's Yard will unfortunately not be open due to repairs being undertaken after flood damage to the yard.
10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. TRADESTANDS OPEN
There will be a wide variety of goods, displays and food outlets, as well as some children's entertainments
A large television screen showing live racing from Lingfield Park will be towards the top of the tradestands area.
1.00 pm Parade of Vine and Craven Foxhounds
1.25 pm Rockwood Dog Display
2.05 pm Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry
2.35 pm Parade of Horses to include Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre, and Toast of New York followed by Galloping Acrobatics, a novel pony display
3.05 pm Schooling over fences and hurdles with Top Jockeys
3.35 pm Soldiers of The Household Cavalry v Top Jockeys Show jumping
4.15 pm approx Silent Auction and Raffle close
Events could be liable to change
Tickets and Programmes (there is a small charge for this) are available from the entrance of each yard on the day. Please take good care of your ticket since once purchased it allows you access to all the yards as well as the afternoon entertainment.
Prices: £12 Yards & Entertainment / £6 Afternoon Entertainment only / Children under 12 FREE