Lambourn kicks off Easter Weekend in style, on Good Friday, 19th April 2019, by opening its doors to the public for the 29th Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day. This annual Berkshire charity event, which was heavily affected by rain in 2018, gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of Britain’s top racehorse training establishments where they can meet the trainers, staff and, of course, their equine heroes.
More than 25 racing yards and horse exhibitions will open on the morning of Good Friday, 19th April to give the public the opportunity to get first-hand experience into the running of top yards such as: Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills, Clive Cox and, of course, Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood.
In the afternoon, the central arena opens with a full programme of equine shows and demonstrations of country skills. The highlight will be a very keenly fought Show Jumping competition between AP McCoy and his daughter Eve, Jamie Osborne and his daughter Saffie, and Mark Bradstock’s wife Sarah and their son Alfie, with no quarter given, nor respect for age. AP McCoy, John Francome and other celebrities will be taking part in the Melbourne 10 sponsored Camel Racing and the always popular schooling, whilst other events include a thrilling show by the Stannage Motorcycle Team, a Windsor Clive sponsored Parade of Equine Heroes to include Sprinter Sacre and Coneygree, and a Retraining of Racehorses dressage display.
Visit the Equine Hospital
The Lambourn Open Day also gives an opportunity to check out the brilliant facilities at both the Lambourn Valley Equine Hospital and the Injured Jockey’s Fund rehabilitation centre, Oaksey House. There will also be a vast array of trade stands and food stalls to add to what is a great fun Easter day out for all the family, whilst for the first time The Outside Chance Bar will be present, and there will be a live band playing there from 4.30pm.
Tickets cost £15 on the day for the whole day, £10 for afternoon entertainment only. Children under 12 can enter for free. Car Parks are free and open at 7.30 a.m. Yards will open from 8.30am until 1 p.m. All money raised goes to Lambourn’s registered charity, The Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, which works tirelessly for the welfare of its stable staff, The Air Ambulance and worthy local organisations.
Full coloured programmes, featuring all information on the day including a map, information on all trainers and timings of events will be available in all car parks and yards.
Visit www.LambournOpenDay.com for tickets and more information.