The Betfair Lambourn Charity Open Day will once again see over 30 racing yards open their doors to the public on Good Friday, 6th April 2012.

The Berkshire village of Lambourn, home to some 2,000 thoroughbreds, will offer visitors an unrivalled insight into the world-renowned racehorse training facilities in the Valley of the Racehorse and provide them with the opportunity to meet the trainers, staff and stars themselves, the racehorses.

Throughout the morning, visitors will have access to the yards, including those of Nicky Henderson and Charlie Hills, as well as benefiting from privileged admission to Windsor House Stables, one of Lambourn’s oldest training yards and home to trainer Harry Dunlop, where there will be the rare opportunity to witness racehorses swimming in the hydrotherapy pool. Also open for a visit will be the Valley Equine Veterinary Hospital and blacksmith Gary Pickford’s forge.

The afternoon is action-packed with fun-filled entertainment in the centre of Lambourn. The highlights are The Stan James Camel Racing and Stan James Lambourn Games which will see top jockeys, past and present, battle it out against each other in a number of highly challenging Olympic-themed events.

World class performance Chef d’Equipe to the British Eventing Team, Yogi Breisner, will be presenting a rare and fascinating insight to the education of a racecourse. Mark Todd CBE, voted ‘Event Rider of the 20th Century’ by the International Federation of Equestrian Sports, will give a spectacular dressage display to Lambourn visitors.

Other activities in the afternoon include The Parade of Vine and Craven Foxhounds and an Eagle, Vulture and Falconry Display. Racing For Change will sponsor the Schooling of racehorses over Fences and Hurdles with top jockeys, alongside farrier demonstrations and numerous food and trade stands, securing Lambourn’s annual charity fundraising open day position as racing’s best attended non-racecourse event.

Since its inception in 1990, the Charity Open Day has raised well over £500,000 for the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and a number of other local causes.

The yards open their doors from 8:30am until 1pm, with the afternoon entertainment kicking off at 1pm. Admission prices are as follows: £12 for entry into racing yards and afternoon entertainment; £6 for afternoon entertainment only. Children under 12 can enter for free. There is ample free parking. A great day out for young and old.

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