Over 2,000 racing fans and potential racehorse
owners got to go behind the scenes at training yards across the country on
Saturday May 18 for the inaugural National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning.
28 trainers opened their doors to the public, the first time that such
widespread access has been provided. Visitors received a tour of their
chosen yard and its facilities, got to meet the trainer and their teams, and
most importantly saw horses in their home environment.
Director of Racing, Horse Racing Ireland:
“We are extremely pleased with the feedback from the first National Racehorse
Trainer Open Morning. With over 2,000 visitors attending yards spread right
across the country, it has certainly helped to raise the profile of racing
nationwide. The event was designed to allow people to look behind the scenes
and to see for themselves the expert attention that racehorses receive and the
dedication of those involved in caring for them. We are very grateful to the
trainers who supported this initiative and we hope that this event will have
encouraged people to become involved with them in the thrills of racehorse
Hanlon, County Carlow Trainer:
“We had a brilliant day. We had about 130 people through the yard. We’ve a number
of horses available for lease which visitors were interested in. I’m hopeful we
will do business on the back of it.”
County Meath Trainer:
‘It was a good day which people seemed to enjoy. We generated a few leads. Time
will tell but it was certainly a worthwhile exercise.”
speaking on behalf of his father Keith, County Armagh Trainer:
"People came through the gates that I've never seen before or never met.
Even people that I would see at the races but haven’t met came along. The open
morning got people in through the yard gates and introduced them to the staff.
It has been a great idea and I think it is a great idea to maybe do it on a
Visitors attending yards watched horses on the gallops and met the teams that
look after them. They saw horses jumping and practicing coming out of starting
stalls. It was also an opportunity for visitors to see facilities, meet
farriers and vets and ask all the questions they needed to know.