Racing Welfare

Nominations Open For Quartet Of Stable Staff Races During Racing Staff Week

Nominations are now open for stable staff to ride in one of four charity races as part of Betfair Racing Staff Week (June 22-28), Racing Welfare announced on Friday. The four race dates are: Ayr Racecourse - Saturday 22nd June - Distance: Six furlongs Chepstow Racecourse - Monday 24th June - Distance: One mile two furlongs Newbury Racecourse - Tuesday 25th June - Distance: One mile Nottingham Racecourse - Thursday 27th June - Distance: Six furlongs Racing Welfare's corporate fundraising and events manager Clare Kingston said, "If you've ever dreamt...

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London Marathon Runners Raise Funds For Racing Welfare

Ten runners came together to raise more than £15,000 for Racing Welfare when participating in the London Marathon, the charity organisation announced on Monday. The group who completed the 26.2-mile course on Sunday included Richard Cosgrave, who has received support from Racing Welfare having sustained a fall four years ago which resulted in a broken neck. He was joined by the likes of Chris Martin, assistant trainer to Archie Watson in Lambourn, Harrison Mills, strategy manager at the Jockey Club, and Sophie Webber, brand marketing assistant at Goffs. Daisy Felton,...

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Nick Bannister Will Be Next Racing Welfare Chairman

Nick Bannister will become the next chairman of Racing Welfare on June 12, the organisation announced on Wednesday. Currently chairman of Haydock Park Racecourse since 2020, Bannister will succeed William Barlow, who will be completing his five-year term. Bannister, who first worked for three decades in financial services, also manages the family-owned Coniston Hotel & Spa and its associated estate in the Yorkshire Dales. He has served as chair of The Countryside Alliance Foundation for six years and spent over 10 years as the deputy governor of the Hunt Staff...

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Racing Welfare Wins Silver At Smiley Charity Film Awards

Charity Racing Welfare has won a silver award at the Smiley Film Awards on Mar. 20. The honour was given for the racing charity's 2023 Mental Health Awareness Week film, which depicts anxiety building up for a racehorse trainer. It was created in conjunction with Equine Productions and shows regular day-to-day scenarios that can adversely affect mental health in racing's participants. Held at Leicester Square's ODEON Luxe cinema, the awards celebrated several categories, with the finalists decided by public vote. Then the judging panel selected the winners. Racing Welfare's head...

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Racing Welfare's Annual ARC Malton Open Day Set for Sunday

Racing Welfare's annual ARC Malton Open Day is set to take place this Sunday, Sept. 10, and again this year racing fans will have the opportunity to follow their favourite horses from their stables to York Racecourse. Eleven trainers have opened their doors to the public, of which several--Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, Roger Fell, Sean Murray, Adrian Keatley and Nigel Tinkler--have horses running at York Sunday for a total of 23 runners on the day. This year, participants in the event will also meet and chat with jockey Sean Kirrane,...

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Shaquille Will Be One Of The Highlights Of The ARC Malton Open Day

The annual ARC Malton Open Day, featuring trainer Julie Camacho's dual Group 1-winning sprinter Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), has been set for Sept. 10. Part of the National Racehorse Week initiative, the Malton Open Day--organised by racing charity Racing Welfare--sees 11 trainers, including Camacho, open their yards to the public. In addition, a new partnership with York Racecourse for 2023 lets visitors continue their family day out at the racecourse's YorkMix Family Sunday Raceday. There will be regular appearances by popular children's character, Bluey, throughout the day, as well...

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All-Star Team of Jockeys Line Up For Dragon Boat Challenge

An all-star team of jockeys are confirmed for The Great Racing Welfare Boat Race, taking place Sept. 6 at Windsor Racecourse. The crew consists of former and current jockeys, including Sean Bowen, James Bowen, Christian Williams, Jamie Moore, Josh Moore, William Kennedy, Tom Scudamore, Tom O'Brien, Sam Thomas, Sam Twiston-Davies, Harry Skelton, Bridget Skelton, Connor Brace, Jack Tudor and team captain Rhys Flint. Teams from within the racing industry are invited to sign up for the challenge prior to Aug. 23 to take part in race down a stretch of...

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Hetta Harris Joins Racing Welfare In New Role

Hetta Harris has been appointed as the new Outreach and Engagement Officer--Thoroughbred Stud & Breeding Sector--for Racing Welfare. She began in this new position in May. Funding for the role was secured from The Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust. Previously Harris ran her own pre-training business in Wiltshire and, prior to that, training for Qatar Racing at Robins Farm in Surrey. She also spent time in American and Australia in both training and stud operations. Harris is also a trustee at the British Racing School. She is currently working to identify...

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Three Peaks Challenge Raises More Than £50,000

Racing Welfare's annual Three Peaks Challenge, held on Saturday, July 8, raised more than £50,000 for racing's people, the charity organization announced on Tuesday. Sponsored by Tote and Tattersalls, nearly 100 people participated in the challenge in wet weather conditions to scale the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent in under 12 hours. Despite most of the group not completing the final two peaks on safety advice, the walkers still completed nearly 20 miles in challenging terrain and more than 3,000 feet of ascent. "Despite the initial disappointment of...

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Three Peaks Charity Event Set For July 8

Over 100 people from across the UK racing industry will participate in the charity hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday, July 8, Racing Welfare announced on Thursday. Participants will hike 25 miles and climb over 1500 metres as they traverse Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside in Yorkshire in just 12 hours. "As a charity that receives no government funding, we are relying on our supporters and fundraisers more than ever," said Racing Welfare Chief Executive Dawn Goodfellow. To have 100 people taking on this challenge and showing that unified...

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Racing Staff Week Returns Saturday

Racing Welfare's Racing Staff Week returns for its seventh year this Saturday, June 24, the charity announced on Monday. The industry's annual celebration of people who work in British horseracing brings together the racing business and its followers to recognize the workers inside the industry. Sponsored by Betfair, this year will see five charity races specifically for stable staff, as well as a number of community events and a competitions with prizes of £500 in vouchers awarded to the winners. Races will be held at Ayr, Chepstow, Newbury, Nottingham and...

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Registration for Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenges Closes May 31

Racing Welfare's all-new mass participation fundraising event for 2023--the Racing Welfare Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge--is just shy of 100 participants and registration for the 12-hour challenge closes May 31. The event takes place Saturday July 8, led by fully qualified guides from event partner Large Outdoors. Participants will tackle the famous three peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside, covering 25 miles and over 1,500 metres of ascent. The Tote and Tattersalls are confirmed as headline sponsors for the fundraiser. Entry fees for the for the Racing Welfare Yorkshire Three Peaks...

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