The inaugural Breeders' Day will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse with the Thoroughbred Breeders' Assocation (TBA) on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Set during National Racehorse Week (Sept. 12-19), the event will provide racegoers with a unique insight into the breeding industry, engaging them with competitions, interactive displays, a QR code trail, a retired racehorse parade, interviews with breeders, give-aways, and trade stands. Opportunities to learn about shared ownership options and how to get involved in thoroughbred breeding will be available, while students and those considering a career change can learn from The National Stud's 'Entry for Stud Employment' programme about roles in the industry.
Each race will be sponsored by an organisation from within the bloodstock industry, with additional prizes for the breeder of each winner. The National Trainer's Federation (NTF) is also supporting Breeders' Day and will present its Lycetts Team and Championship Awards to nominated yards during the course of the afternoon. Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/sandown.
Peter Jensen, Chairman of Sandown Park, said, “This is an initiative suggested by Petra Gough, one of the team here, several years ago and so we are delighted to finally have the opportunity to make it happen. It is fantastic that the TBA have partnered with us and we hope that the day will really showcase the vital role that breeders play in our industry to a new audience.”