Tickets on sale for Middleham stables open day

Visitors at Middleham Stables Open Day.

Tickets have gone on sale for Middleham’s annual stables open day.

The event, which takes place on Good Friday, April 7, attracts thousands of visitors every year.

This year looks set to be just as popular, with local trainers including Karl Burke, Charlie Johnston and James Horton opening their doors to the public.

Visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to some of North Yorkshire’s most distinguished racing yards throughout the morning, plus a host of fun activities throughout the afternoon on Middleham’s Low Moor.

The event, which is sponsored by the Arena Racing Company sponsored day, will raise funds for organisers Racing Welfare, which provide a wide range of advice and support services for people working in or retired from racing.

In 2022, Racing Welfare supported 226 individuals in the Middleham area and 575 individuals throughout the North. The charity provided a total of 3,037 instances of support across the region over the course of the year.

Racing Welfare’s chief executive, Dawn Goodfellow said: “The ARC Middleham Open Day is one of our flagship fundraising events of the year.

“It’s a day that sees our charity and the people we support engage with the wider public on a large scale, and it is always a date in the diary that many of us at Racing Welfare look forward to.

“The public’s support has never been more needed, as demand for Racing Welfare’s services continues to grow year-on-year. Without our fundraising events we simply wouldn’t be able to continue to offer our services to racing’s people on the scale that we do now. I hope to welcome lots of new and returning visitors to Middleham this Easter weekend.”

The list of trainers confirmed to be opening so far is as follows:

  • Ben Haslam
  • Charlie Johnston
  • Foulrice Park Racing
  • James Horton
  • Jedd O’Keeffe
  • Karl Burke
  • Micky Hammond
  • Neil Mechie

Yards will be opening from 9.30am to 1pm (Karl Burke opening from 10am), with activities to follow on Middleham’s Low Moor including the inter-yard team challenge and the Aiskew Equine and Pet Supplies Dog Show.

Tickets are now available to purchase at the early bird rate of £10 for adults and £6.50 for concessions if purchased before February 28.

Under 16s go free.

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1 Comment

  1. Just down the road at Masham they also hold a big event the traction engine rally and Believe a large amount of money each year from this event goes to the maintenance and upkeep of there nice large town hall.

    Middleham some years ago sold its town hall and now has to relight on the use of the now struggling to make ends meet Key Centre if it wants to hold any events etc.

    It would be nice if this large even in Middleham would also put a lot of the money into the Key Centre and the upkeep of Middleham each year which would benefit other Middleham residents not just the raceing community.

    Middleham residents don’t even get one free ticket to this event, they only get the inconvenience of over 100 racehorse up and down the towns roads each day of the year.

    Please let’s try and look after all Middleham, not just the race horse side of it.

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