Middleham Stables Open Day to take place on Good Friday

Racehorses in Middleham. Photo: Sobolevnrm/Flickr

The Middleham Stables Open Day will be held on Good Friday this year rather than Easter Monday as happened last year.

In total 13 yards will be open to the public on March 30.

Stable yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm and will include those of Mark Johnston who will again be showcasing his Park Farm Spa facilities, Jedd O’Keefe and Karl Burke’s Spigot Lodge, trainer of last year’s Group 1 winners Laurens and Unfortunately.

Other attractions at the event, sponsored by ARC, include the water treadmill recuperation facilities at Ann Duffield’s and a jumping demonstration and show of two-year-olds at James Bethell’s Thorngill stables.

There will also be various market stalls and food offerings in Middleham, a craft fair at the Key Centre and parade of the local fox hounds.

In the afternoon, events will once again move to the Low Moor where planned activities include the Retraining of Racehorses Musical Ride and schooling of National Hunt horses from Micky Hammond’s stable.

This will be followed by an inter-yard team competition for stable staff in which a Donkey Derby, sponsored by Beverley Racecourse, will feature this year as well as the return of a showjumping relay in conjunction with local pony club members.

Tickets to the event are on sale now at www.middlehamopenday.co.uk with adult tickets priced at £10, concessions at £7.50 and those 16 and under going free of charge.