Students deliver equine events at Greatwood charity race day
Royal Agricultural University students are getting involved in Greatwood charity race day, at The Racecourse in Newbury on 1 March, and running equine activities suitable for the whole family.
The RAU students’ event management team, 16 students who all elected the events management module, have been working with Newbury to help organise the event. They will be running the equine village, which includes educational activities for all ages, and a multi-discipline display from the pony club demonstrating the wide variety of choice available within the organisation.
Rosie Wiggin, RAU student, commented that “This module has been very exciting for our team and has given us a fantastic insight into the equestrian events management industry. It has allowed us to expand our knowledge outside of our degree and apply it to organising this event. This has been a brilliant opportunity for all of us, and is a treasured addition to our experience for our future careers within this industry.”
There will be displays of successfully retrained ex-racehorses throughout the morning before the first race, highlighting the diversity of these horses outside the racing industry and removing perceptions of ex-racehorses not having a career once their racing days are over. In attendance will be, Barber Shop, owned by The Queen, and ridden by Katie Jerram, Night’s Dream ridden by Jo Jack, Blue Java, ridden by Sonya Fitch-Peyton and Inishmor ridden by Paul Tapner.
The Greatwood charity event is a fun-packed family day out, which aims to promote racing to a younger audience with pony club activities and equestrian fun for everyone. It is also the only organisation that uses ex-racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with special educational needs. Greatwood deliver pioneering educational programmes teaching emotional literacy and life skills via interaction with rescued and rehabilitated ex-racehorses.
Come and show your support for Greatwood and enjoy a day packed full of entertainment, quality jump racing and star appearances. Book your tickets now at www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk.