Easter Bank Holiday Monday featured some horses of a different kind at Great Yarmouth Racecourse, when alongside its family race day and the familiar racing festivities there was an unusual and unique twist.

For the first time ever on a UK racecourse, 30 carousel horses from Pleasurewood Hills, which had been lovingly restored by art students from across the region, were under starter’s orders!

Art students from schools and colleges across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire were challenged to re-design the bodywork of the carousel horses, in an attempt to breathe new life in to one of the park’s most beloved attractions. After months of sanding down, researching, designing and painting, the horses were unveiled in the Parade Ring at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

Since the horses were carefully removed from the carousel and delivered to the groups back in January 2011, the results had been eagerly awaited.

Alexis Camelin, General Manager at Pleasurewood Hills said: “After a decade of service and an estimated two million riders the horses were in need of a facelift. It’s been great getting the student’s involved in our first project of this kind.”

Pleasurewood Hills demonstrated its commitment to the project by donating £100 to each participating school or college, as well as covering the cost of all materials that were used designing the artwork.

Glenn Tubby General Manager of Great Yarmouth Racecourse added: “Not only was this a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing but also an opportunity for young people to experience a raceday atmosphere. With the Easter Bank Holiday Monday being our family race day with plenty of additional entertainment for the younger generation, we thought that the carousel horses added to the vibrant, fun, family atmosphere that everyone enjoys.”

For more racing at Great Yarmouth see greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk.

Pictured: top – Frankie Dettori at Great Yarmouth on Monday on Calypso, finalist in a competition to restore carousel horses from Pleasurewood Hills theme park. Below – Professional jockeys on the ten finalists.

Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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