Moonstone Magic could reappear at Goodwood’s first 2013 fixture on Saturday

Plenty of action at Goodwood on Saturday

Plenty of action at Goodwood on Saturday

 

Goodwood Racecourse welcomes in the new season at its opening meeting this Saturday, May 4, with a pair of Listed races for fillies and mares as the highlights of a classy seven-race card..

Trainer Ralph Beckett is looking forward to getting Moonstone Magic back to racing in the mile £40,000 Listed Betfred Mobile Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Conqueror Stakes (4.05pm).

The four-year-old daughter of Trade Fair has not been sighted on a racecourse since trailing home 15th of 16 in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6 last year, but had previously posted an impressive success in the Group Three Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury and also won on her only other start, all with jockey Jim Crowley aboard.

Jockey  Jim Crowley

Jockey Jim Crowley

Beckett revealed: “It will need to rain at Goodwood but if it did, Moonstone Magic might run on Saturday.

“She picked up a pin-prick wound on her foreleg, which became infected and that’s why she didn’t run at Doncaster a few weeks ago. It was just one of those things. I was very happy with her going into Doncaster and I was disappointed we could not run because she was in good nick.

“She is a huge filly and the injury she picked up last year could be a blessing in disguise. It was a fractured pelvis and they always come back from those. It shouldn’t hurt her this year but I do think ground is important to her. I think she needs it good or slower.

“The Conqueror Stakes looks like the right sort of race for her starting off and, although I’m not convinced whether she will cope with the course, she should be fine on good ground.

“The margin between Group Three winners and Group One winners is not much but she was bought as a breeding prospect and has done her job in that respect. If we could pick up another race or two at the level she has already achieved, that would be something.”

Other notable entries include Starscope, trained by John Gosden, who finished second in last season’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas, and the William Haggas-trained pair of Sentaril and Arsaadi, who have both been placed in Group company last year.

Saturday’s card also features the £40,000 Listed Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.20pm) over a mile and a half and the 12 entries include a pair of contenders from the in-form stable of Hughie Morrison.  

 Coquet bravely captured the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood’s May Festival last year before going on to finish sixth in the Investec Oaks, while Shirocco Star was beaten a neck in the Epsom Classic and also filled the runner-up spot in the Irish Oaks and a pair of Group Two races.

Jehannedarc, second in the Group Three Blackrock Fillies’ Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for Alain de Royer-Dupre last season, is set to make her debut for Ed Dunlop, while Listed winners Souviens Toi and Semayyel may line up for Marco Botti and Clive Brittain respectively.

Last year’s Betfred Mile second Mabait is among 21 entries for the seven-furlong £30,000 Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap (2.55pm), along with Glorious Goodwood winner The Confessor, who was a close third in the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Heritage Handicap at the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood.

Sprinters get their chance to shine in the £15,000 Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap (3.30pm) over the minimum distance of five furlongs and the 13 entries include Captain Carey, successful in a valuable handicap at the Curragh in Ireland in 2011, and the well-bred Duke Of Firenze.

Racing starts at 1.50pm with the £6,000 Betfred TV EBF Maiden Stakes, which has attracted 12 juveniles including a quartet from the powerful stable of Richard Hannon – Expert, Thunder Strike, A Childs Dream and Suite.

The action is completed by the £5,000 Betfred ‘Still Treble Odds On Lucky’s’ Median Auction Maiden Stakes (4.40pm, 13 entries) and the £5,000 Collect Totepool Bets At Betfred Shops Handicap (5.15pm, 34 entries).

 

 

Chance for aspiring eventers to make a name for themselves at Badminton Horse Trials this week

Competing in the main Badminton event will be Kristina Cook and Del Novo News Photo courtesy of

Competing in the main Badminton event will be Kristina Cook and De Novo News
Photo courtesy of Adam Fanshawe

Badminton Horse Trials start this week and among the top riders taking part will be Kristina Cook with her horses Miners Frolic and De Novo News. But the event is also a springboard for less experienced riders, who have a chance to make a name for themselves through a dedicated championship before the main event.

This week, four new Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Champions be crowned at the Grassroots Championships which take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2, prior to the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors International Badminton Horse Trials.

This year is an unusual year, with those who have qualified for the 2013 Championships joining the finalists for the postponed 2012 Championships, which had to be cancelled due to the severe water logging last spring.

The four titles up for grabs are:

– 2012 BE90 Champion
– 2012 BE100 Champion
– 2013 BE90 Champion
– 2013 BE100 Champion

The Grassroots series and Championships are the ideal opportunity for those riding at the introductory levels of the sport to enjoy the atmosphere of a top class Championship on legendary turf.

Organisers say that the series attracts a wide range of ordinary riders, aspiring to do well, or better performances in previous years.

Among the riders in this year’s line that they give as examples are Lucinda Cawood (25), who is a seasonal product manager for Haribo,  builder Jonathan Procter (49), and Donna Smith (39) works for Barclays as a Mainframe Operations Analyst.

They all combine full-time jobs with their passion for horses and eventing and are just three of many riders like them aspiring to do well this year around this top eventing venue.

Outstanding membership deal from Fontwell Park offers free racing across the UK

 

A scene at award-winning Fontwell Park racecourse

A scene at award-winning Fontwell Park racecourse

FONTWELL Park Racecourse has launched a ‘home and away’ initiative with free racing available for annual members.

 Anyone who is not an annual member can still sign up now to take advantage of all the benefits. Fontwell Park is part of the Arena Racehorse Company- the largest racecourse operator in the country with 15 racecourses spread across the UK.hosting almost 40 per cent of the fixture list

.Keen racegoers will never be far away from an opportunity to go racing for free. An annual members’ benefits  package has been created that is says cannot be matched in the racing industry. All Fontwell Park annual members will now have free entry to other ARC racecourse fixtures in the country, giving the chance to go racing across the length and breadth of the country at any time. A half-yearly annual members package for £120 is available for those who go racing at Fontwell Park, making Fontwell thei ‘home’ racecourse and giving full members’ benefits.

This includes Premier Enclosure entranced to all fixtryres from June-December, including access to the annual members’ viewing bar, free car parking and more than 30 reciprocal fixtures.

Tracy Skinner, general manager at Fontwell Park said: This new initiative will reward the loyalty of our members and give them an opportunity to try out some of the other racecourses in the group for free. With such a great spread of locations across the country, we hope our members will enjoy visiting additional courses.”

Full details can be found at Fontwell Park’s website: www.fontwellpark.co.uk

 

Olympic medallist Tina Cook trains first point to point winner at Parham point to point

 

Tina Cook, Peplum and connections

Tina Cook, Peplum and connections

NOTABLE success stories marked point-to-point racing at West Sussex’s popular Parham track on Saturday- ranging from Olympic eventing medallist Tina Cook sending out her first point-to-point winner as a trainer, to rider Phil Hall notching up his 294th winner between flags, and George Gorman (18) achieving a fine victory on She Is A Cracker.

Parham’s March fixture run by the Crawley and Horsham Hunt was cancelled when the course became waterlogged by torrential rain. But there was compensation when a fine day greeted Saturday’s Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt meeting at the track, with the hunt returning to Parham following several years of holding their fixture in East Sussex.

Tina Cook has been combining eventing with her first season of  training point to point horses at Findon, and her runners have been thwarted by the weather – but Peplum, owned by the popular Heart of the South Racing Group, got her off the mark under a good ride from Hannah Grissell in the Ladies Open Race.

Tina said: “I’m delighted to get off the mark at last.  It’s a great relief. Peplum has won well here and has shown plenty of ability at home.  My mother and Nick would have been here to support me, but there is a race in Dad’s honour at Sandown today- the bet365 Josh Gifford Juvenile Handicap Hurdle race-  and they are there.”

George Gorman and She Is a Cracker winning in fine style

George Gorman and She Is a Cracker winning in fine style

She’s A Cracker, not the easiest horse to ride,  won the Men’s Open race in style with George Gorman on board. Trained by his mother Carolyn, this was the mare’s third point-to-pointing season after joining them from Gary Moore’s racing yard.  She had won twice in 2011, three times last season, and this was her first victory of 2013 because of previous unsuitable ground.

“She could run under Rules in a hunter chase at Fontwell this year with George riding again- but I may put her in foal and sell her after that since she has excellent breeding lines,” said Caroline.

George is hoping to join a racing yard later this year when he has finished A level exams and Caroline has two good young horses for her husband Marcus (49) to ride next year, in what will be his final season.

Merchant banker Marcus was in the saddle at Parham on board Macdougal, trained by Pam Tetley,  in the Restricted Race, when his mount fell at the third last. The race was in the bag at the time, and the untimely departure left victory open to the David Phelan-trained Rather Curious.

 

Rebel Paddy and Phil York

Rebel Paddy and Phil York

The trip from Essex for  trainer Nigel Padfield paid off when Rebel Paddy made it third time lucky in the Open Maiden race. The eight-year-old brown gelding looked the pick of the paddock, and had earlier been placed twice this season, after poor form in six Irish point-to-points.  Phil York was in the saddle for an emphatic win- which was impressively the 294th victory of his riding career.

The Grissell family from Brightling in East Sussex maintained their high profile in racing at the meeting.  While Hannah had been on board winning Peplum, sister Rose trained Orfeo Conti to win the South East Hunt Club’s Members Conditions Race in impressive style under Oz Wedmore.

 

Orfeo Conti connections receiving prizes

Mr John Giffin, Leconfields Estates Farm Manager presenting the winning prize on behalf of Smiths Gore  to connections of Orfeo Conti , with jockey Oz Wedmore and trainer Rose Grissell at the prizegiving

The 11-year-old gelding, placed in this year’s Kent Grand National, is owned by Mrs Caroline Wedmore, and is a former winning chaser and half-brother to the talented Silviano Conti.

Crazy  Eyes with Ben Bentley on board

Crazy Eyes with Ben Bentley on board

Crazy Eyes, running for the Crawley and Horsham  Point to Point Club, trained by Ian Cobb,  has win twice for club members this season and been a shrewd purchase. But, in the three-runner Hunt Members, Subcribers and Farmers Race, both he and Rosmill Lad fell, leaving Magic Maker, owned and trained by Michaela Tomlinson to come home alone.

Young riders who took part in the pony races

Young riders who took part in the pony races

Pony racing preceded the main fixture, with the winners and runners up of the 138cm and 148cm and under races qualifying for the final, to be held at Plumpton racecourse on Sunday May 12. The 138cm race was won by Cosmo Ball (10) on board Mrs A Ball’s Willow The Wisp with Ninfield Millionaires Delight ( Daniel Batchelor (14), Mrs A Batchelor) in second place. The 148cm race went to Rubyroo, ridden by Callum Shepherd (15) owned by Mr and Mrs S Shepherd, from Gucci, ridden by Frankie Penford (15), trained by Mrs Kevin Tork.

Point to Point results: Members Race for Veteran and Novice Riders- 1 Pastek and M Peaty; 2 Quarrymount and J Carden; 3 Tobougg Welcome and R Grissell.  Harwoods Philip Scouller  Memorial Mens Open Race- 1 She Is A Cracker and G Gorman; 2 Captain Crackers and O Wedmore; 3 Master T and P Bull. Jackson-Stops and Staff Ladies Open Race- 1 Peplum and H Grissell; 2 Mount Sandel and Miss F Hickman; 3 Officier De Reserve and Miss M Gullion. South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race- 1 Orfeo Conti and O Wedmore; 2 Lexington Town and R McCarthy; 3 Bit of a Clown and J Sole. Instone Air Restricted Race- 1 Rather Curious and P Smith; 2 Marlpit Oak and L. Kilgariff; 3 Day Time Run and W Hickman. Fontwell Park Open Maiden Race- 1 Rebel Paddy and P York; 2 Did You Ever and W Hickman; 3 Mahayogin and R McCarthy.  Hunt Members, Subscribers and Farmers Race- Magic Maker and  J Brown  finished alone.

Trainer William Knight and apprentice jockey Darren Egan look forward to more Goodwood successes this season

 

Racing at Goodwood

Racing at Goodwood starts soon

Goodwood Racecourse stages its first fixture of the new Flat season on Saturday, May 4. The seven-race card is headlined by £40,000 Listed Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.20pm) over a mile and a half and the £40,000 Listed Betfred Mobile Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Conqueror Stakes (4.05pm) over a mile, both restricted to fillies and mares.

Darren Egan (21),established himself as one of the best apprentice riders last season with 47 winners and was also one of the leading pilots at Goodwood with six successes from just 20 rides (a strike-rate of 30 per cent), including two at Glorious Goodwood. His first winner at Goodwood’s main meeting came courtesy of the Mark Johnston-trained Landaman in the competitive bet365.com Handicap on the opening day (July 31).

A fall at Wolverhampton in October left Egan with a broken collarbone and put paid to his chances of winning the apprentice title, but he has picked up where he left off this season, annexing the valuable Lincoln Handicap aboard Levitate by a short-head at Doncaster on March 30. The Irishman is apprenticed to trainer Ron Harris, who is based near Chepstow in Wales.

Darren Egan

Darren Egan

Egan said: “It was an unbelievable day when I won my first race at Glorious Goodwood on Landaman. It was for Mr (Mark) Johnston as well which was also a big help.

“The raw talent on show with the horses and jockeys makes it one of the best meetings and the atmosphere on top of that is unbelievable. I rode another winner as well later in the week, so that was brilliant.

“You need a lot of luck in running, especially over the longer trips, because if you don’t get that you are simply not going to win. Goodwood is very difficult to ride compared to other courses because you are constantly switching and changing. You need a horse that can carry you into the race and they have to handle the track as well.

“I enjoy the challenge of riding around there and I would say it is my favourite track for obvious reasons. I like the big handicaps at Glorious Goodwood because it is very competitive and just a thrill to get a ride.

“It was good last year because I was claiming five when Glorious Goodwood was on and I had proved earlier in the year that I could ride there so I picked up some nice rides. Hopefully, I can pick up some more rides this year while I’m still claiming three.

“I was very surprised how well things went last year. The intention was just to ride a few winners, get my name out there and lay a foundation. The support I got from trainers was tremendous but, because I was off so long after I broke my collarbone, it has taken a while to pick up this year. It’s starting to get going again now so it’s all good.

“Ideally, I would like to have another go at the apprentice title but we will just have to see.”

Egan’s second Glorious Goodwood success came when he teamed up with local trainer William Knight, recording a neck verdict on Aussie Reigns in the Telegraph Nursery on August 3.

Knight has enjoyed some of the biggest days of his training career at Goodwood and sent out course specialist Illustrious Blue to land the Artemis Goodwood Cup at Glorious Goodwood in 2010.

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The Angmering Park handler now trains for the  Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group following John Dunlop’s retirement at the end of last season and is looking forward to this year at the world’s most beautiful racecourse.

Knight said: “We always like to have runners at Goodwood and we will definitely be trying to get a team there for the meetings throughout the year.

“It is one of my local tracks and on a nice sunny summer’s evening, it is one of the most picturesque racecourses in the country. They look after trainers well and there is a nice enclosure for the owners and a lot of mine are quite local so they enjoy having runners there.

“You need to have the right type of horse for Goodwood because the course is quite undulating.

“Horses learn a lot and it’s a lovely track. Hopefully, for Glorious Goodwood we will be able to put together a good team.

“I train for the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group and they are a good bunch of owners to have in the yard. They have been very lucky with their horses and we have a nice three-year-old called Goodwood Mirage, who won his only start at Newmarket last year. He will be out soon.

“They had a stable tour at the yard about three weeks ago and that went well so hopefully we will have some runners for them at Goodwood in the future.I would have thought we will have out first runners at the course next month in some of the maidens and handicaps.”

 

 

Riders from all over South East helped raise £7,000 for RDA group

 

 Casi's Farm horses Perdigau and Robbie on the sponsored ride  Photo Courtesy of Abatjour Photography

Casi’s Farm horses Perdigau and Robbie on the sponsored ride. Photo Courtesy of Abatjour Photography

Last summer’s Paralympic Games made it abundantly clear that disability does not preclude ambition or the capacity to strive at and enjoy sport.

In recognition of this, despite weather forecasts and fears, 109 able bodied riders turned out to support Cranleigh RDA on Good Friday in a sponsored ride when they were rewarded by sunny weather and, after several days miraculously without rainfall, good ground conditions.

Riders came from all over the South East of England with their trailers and boxes to take part in the fundraising event for this group, which does such important voluntary work.

Cranleigh RDA ensures that more than 200 adults and children with mental or physical difficulties are given the opportunity to ride, gaining enormous benefit both from the actual riding and also from close contact with horses.

Fundraising is essential to cover the costs of upkeep of the group’s horses and stables at Casi’s Farm, Rowly Drive, Cranleigh, where it has the invaluable input of around 160 volunteers when riding lessons take place.

This impressive effort by riders and CRDA volunteers has ensured that all proceeds from the ride, which are expected to top £7,000, will go to this vital cause.

Grateful thanks have been expressed to land owners who made their land available for the ride, to all those who rode in support of Cranleigh RDA’s work and the many individuals and companies who sponsored the Casi’s Farm team of ponies, Rafferty and Perigau.

They were ridden by teenagers Alice Lee and Conor Howard and were accompanied  by Sue Keen on Robbie and Brry Collyer on his own horse, Sparky.

In addition, Blue and Louie, two of the oldest of the Casi’s Farm ponies, ridden by Amelia Lee and Laura Hegg were amongst the thirteen participants who undertook the ‘new for 2013’ three-mile course for led and accompanied riders and had a brilliant day out.

For more information about Cranleigh RDA Group see www.cranleighrdagroup.co.uk

 

Event rider Tina Cook supports Alzheimer’s Research UK at Badminton

 

Tina Cook in action

Tina Cook in action

As excitement mounts for the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Tina Cook has joined a line-up of distinguished equestrians showing support for charity of the year Alzheimer’s Research UK. The work of the charity is very close to Tina’s heart as she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease over 15 years ago.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, better forms of diagnosis, new treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The charity relies on public donations to fund its pioneering work at leading universities nationwide.

Mother of two Tina (41), lives in Findon in West Sussex and has been a full time event rider since the age of 16. Following her success in the summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008, she was also part of the 2012 Olympic eventing team. Tina has taken part in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials many times and this year will compete with two horses.

Tina, explained her motivation for endorsing Alzheimer’s Research UK’s involvement in the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials:

“My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was in her late 70s. I remember only too well how difficult life became for her and our whole family. This devastating disease gradually overwhelmed her and there was no turning back. New treatments and a cure are desperately needed but there’s nowhere near enough money for research.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK are the experts and I’m delighted they’ve been chosen as charity of the year for the Badminton Horse Trials. It will be a fantastic opportunity to raise money and awareness of their vital work. The Trials attract hundreds of thousands of spectators each year – if everyone could donate a pound it would make a huge difference.”

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are proud to be chosen as charity of the year for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and thrilled to have the endorsement of Tina Cook, one of Britain’s leading event riders. We can’t thank Tina enough for her support and wish her great success at this year’s event.

“Every £20 raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK during the Badminton Horse Trials will pay for another hour of vital research, bringing us closer to our vision of a world free from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There are 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today, including over 12,500 people in West Sussex alone, yet funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases. Support from events like Badminton plays a key part in helping us progress our crucial research.”

The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials take place in Gloucestershire from Thursday 2 May to Monday 6 May. To take part in a course walk at the event to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK email badminton@alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 0300 111 5 777. More information about the charity is available at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Goodwood is looking ahead to an exciting season, which starts on May 4

 

Exciting racing promised at Goodwood

Exciting racing promised at Goodwood

IT is an exciting six months ahead for Goodwood Racecourse, with the season starting on Saturday May 4 and nineteen race days scheduled, including five days of Glorious Goodwood and the May Festival at the end of next month.

Prize money across the season at Goodwood Racecourse will increase by 12 per cent this year, with more than £3,600,000 being offered in total.

The five days of Glorious Goodwood will be worth more than £2m in prize money, with some of the established Goodwood races seeing a substantial uplift.

The Group 3 Gordon Stakes, which will be sponsored by Neptune Investment Management for the first time, will be worth £75,000, now taking place on Wednesday rather than Tuesday.

Also worth £75,000 is the Bet365 Summer Stakes, a 1m6f Open Handicap won last year by Motivado, the favourite for last year’s Ebor. That is now on the opening day of the race meeting.  The Group 2  Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes, the Group 2 Audi Richmond Stakes and the Group 1 Markel Nassau Stakes will also see significant prize money boosts this season.

In addition, the May Festival at the end of the month, has a prize money increase over the three days, and has a new Handicap on the Saturday, worth £50,000 and a valuable Class 2 Handicap on each day, to support the existing Listed Races.

Both Sea Moon and Michelangelo were Listed winners at the May Festival in 2012, with Sea Moon going on to win the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for Sir Michael Stout and Michelangelo third in the St Leger for John Gosden.  This will be the second year Goodwood has staged the three day May Festival and the course sees this meeting as something of a focus.

 

Managing director Adam Waterworth

Managing director Adam Waterworth

Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse commented: ” I am really pleased that we have been able too increase prize money across the year so significantly. The May Festival is a particular meeting that we are keen to develop, so the added races and prize money are a good step forward.

“We are currently working with the Horseman’s Group and hope to progress Prize Money Agreements with them- we have always seen investment in prize money as crucial and will continue to invest whatever we can in our racing.”

This winter has been difficult for most racecourses and Goodwood has not escaped, with freezing temperatures, snow and considerable rain limiting the growth of the turf.

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course said:” Things are now improving every day and we are finally beginning to see the course dry out, although we had 27mm of rain last week! It has been fertilised and I am confident the course will be in great shape by May 4. I am very excited about the season ahead.”

For the third year, Goodwood will host its popular Three Friday Nights, with Rudimental playing live in the paddock after racing on Friday 31 May, Andy Cato (one half of Groove Armada) on the 14 June and Radio 1’s Trevor Nelson rounding off the series on 21 June.

 

 

The Vintage Tack Room opens its doors at Parham point to point on April 27

 

The Vintage Tack Room

The Vintage Tack Room

The Vintage Tack Room opens its doors at Parham Point to Point, near Storrington in West Sussex,  this Saturday. April 27 fulfilling an ambition of Mia Woodford.

Just like her horse, Mia had never seen hounds until she first moved to the countryside 16 years ago. The first time they saw huntsman and hounds, their thrilling love affair with hunting was started through the sounds, colour and timeless atmosphere.

As Mia’s passion for hunting increased, so did her love of everything associated with it- clothes, art, books, jewellery. So much of it was fashioned at a time when quality and service matters.

“A few years ago I was thrilled to come across a website selling antique, vintage and second hand hunting clothes and equipment. Fate played a hand and when the business came up for sale earlier this year, I jumped at the chance to own and rebrand it as The Vintage Tack Room,” explained Mia.

She aims to combine a personal service with a love of unique and beautiful things, providing vintage equestrian clothing, equipment, antiques, art and books, She will offer complete hunting attire for hire with everything from crops to stocks, and a side saddle habit to a hunting coat to enable people to experience the thrill of hunting without the expense.

Mia Woodford and her horse

Mia Woodford and her horseShe also has vintage equestrian clothing for sale for a range of disciplines, including hunting, show jumping, polo,dressage and showing.

 

Mia offers a search and source service at no extra cost for devotees who want to find special items, and there is also Tilly’s Tackroom, a treasure trove of children’s hunting, riding and showing clothes that can be returned when outgrown.

“I will have beautiful evening wear for sale or hire, including vintage gowns and furs, tailcoats, waistcoats and shirts plus unique props and costumes for theatre,film or fashion shoots. We will be handpicking newer items such as designer moleskin stocks and breeches and even sell items with significant history, such as a coat worn by Aldaniti’s owner!” said Mia.

The Vintage Tack Room will be open on line by Saturday, April 27 at www.vintagetackroom.com and its showroom will open on Saturday May 18 at Flathurst Stables, Petworth.

But at the Parham point to point this Saturday, from 1pm, the team will be giving away lots of goodies at its stand. As well as sponsoring the pony races, the Vintage Tack Room team will be keeping an eye out for the best dressed racegoer, who will be awarded a £100 voucher to spend in the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Moorcroft Racing Welfare Centre continue its vital role in retraining ex racehorses

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All charities depend upon the generosity of their supporters and volunteers both financially and in achieving their charitable objectives.

Moorcroft Racing Welfare Centre, in  West Sussex, which retrains and rehabilitates ex racehorses to an extremely high standard, is one example, and it is particularly fortunate that is has a hard-working, caring team at the yard, guided by manager Mary Henley-Smith,  and chairman/treasurer Tim Fox,ensuring that this centre consistently operates to the highest standards at all times.

Their combined efforts enable the charity to re-home around forty horses each year after they have been re-trained, ensuring they have a fulfilling  life after racing.

As a result of generous legacies and donations from supporters, in the last two years, Moorcroft facilities have been brought up to a very high standard. In particular, it has built an indoor school and a hay storage barn and been able to replace its twenty year old horsebox with a three horse Betfair sponsored box.

But after a very difficult winter, with soaring prices in feed and bedding costs, funding is more important now than ever before.

On Thursday this week a well-supported Betfair Moorcroft Masterminds Quiz is being held at the Landmark Hotel in London  to raise vital funds. But for those living in Sussex area, are anyone wanting to visit Moorcroft, there is another way in which you can support this outstanding centre.

This Saturday, April 27, a huge selection of tack at very low prices goes on sale at the centre, at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, near Horsham to raise money for this worthy cause.There will be a huge selection of rugs, saddles, boots, numnahs and more for sale, as well as a cake stand and raffle.

Please go along and support the event, which starts at 9.30am and continues until 3pm.

It also offers a chance to see at first hand, the vital work done by Moorcroft.

For more information see www.mrwc.org.uk