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National Racehorse Week

What is National Racehorse Week?
National Racehorse Week will be a nationwide celebration of the thoroughbred racehorse and will shine a light on the incredible levels of care provided to racehorses by our dedicated trainers and racing staff . By boldly throwing open the doors of yards in a coordinated effort, racing will be able to showcase to the British public the best of what we do.

When is it?
National Racehorse Week will take place across the UK from 12th-19th September 2021. It is a fixture we hope to be able to repeat on an annual basis. The week will begin with the Epsom and Malton Open days on 12th September and close the following weekend with Middleham on 18th and the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket on 19th September.

Why is National Racehorse Week so important?
National Racehorse Week will be the first of its kind. It is a unique opportunity to come together as an industry to celebrate the racehorse and share our passion with all members of the public and not just those who follow racing. Recent events have informed us how important the relationship is between the racing community and the public and this is an event to ‘show’ not just tell people how well our racehorses are looked after and the lifelong commitment we have to their wellbeing.

Where is National Racehorse Week?
We aim to have as many training yards as possible opening up and down the country. While the focus for year one is predominantly on training yards, we would also like racecourses to help promote the event and if they are open during the week to mark the celebration in their own special way. To help the public, the postcode function on the registration page of the National Racehorse Week website will enable potential visitors to input their information and find out exactly what is happening in their area.

How can you help?
If you are a trainer you can help by committing to open your yard to the public (even for a few hours) at some point between 12th - 19th September 2021.

Register Your Interest
Click here to register to get ahead of the game with email updates, as well as fast access to the National Racehorse Week online hub later this Summer, where you will be able to find out what’s happening in your area.

Become a National Racehorse Week Champion
If you work in racing you can become a public champion for National Racehorse Week by contacting the delivery team and help us to promote the event as far and wide as possible. Please email and we will be in touch.

Become a Funder
If you are interested in contributing to this fantastic campaign to help it reach more people, our NRW Steering Group would be delighted to hear from you. Please email and we will be in touch.

For any further information please contact Claire Cuff, Head of Equine Welfare Communications, or 07584 392171.

Who is delivering National Racehorse Week?
Great British Racing is leading on National Racehorse Week working closely with the National Trainers Federation and supported by the Racing Foundation and Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust. However, it is important to note that this is a campaign that will be predominantly delivered by the industry for the industry united by its passion and commitment to the racehorse.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate the devotion of trainers and their teams to the racehorse, shining a light on their lives at home and the high standards of care and welfare they receive. National Racehorse Week will incorporate the Yorkshire Malton, Epsom and Middleham Open Days and the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket, with these events bookending the week. Therefore, on Sunday 12th September you are invited to open your yard to the public in a coordinated effort with other trainers across England, Scotland and Wales.

Please watch this video message from Richard Phillips on National Racehorse Week and the importance of participating.

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