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National Racehorse Week

National Racehorse Week is a nationwide annual celebration of the racehorse and a chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them. 

In an experience like no other, 132 racing training yards up and down the country, including training centres such as Epsom, Malton and Newmarket opened their doors in September 2021 to showcase the fantastic lives that these magnificent animals lead. 

National Racehorse Week was born out of an idea in 2019 by trainer Richard Phillips, to create a single event that the entire racing industry could get behind to celebrate the animals who power our sport and provide entertainment for millions. 

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What to expect on the day

The phrase ‘it takes a village’ is no understatement when it comes to producing a racehorse. From foal to training to racing superstar, every step is managed, and each horse treated with its own carefully constructed regime by a team of dedicated individuals. 

Here are some of the things you’ll be able to see. 

Meet the racehorses
Hosted yard or stable tour
Equine swimming pool demonstration
Water treadmill demonstration
Equine physiotherapy demonstration
Farrier demonstration
Schooling demonstration

Chris Hughes

ITV Racing Presenter and National Racehorse Week Champion
“I have always been a massive fan of racehorses and this week is very much about connecting people and families to the horses and giving them a chance to meet these equine stars. This is a unique opportunity to see the horses at home relaxing in their favourite places.”

Rory Bremner

Impressionist and comedian

“I doubt even the great Frankie Dettori could win the Derby without a horse. National Racehorse Week rightly puts the focus on the real stars of racing- the horses themselves: their lives, their training and, most importantly, their welfare”

Big Bucks

Andy Stewart and Big Buck’s

Racehorse Owner

“The best part of owning a racehorse is the bond you get with them, but most importantly I know my horse is getting the best possible care and attention. I think National Racehorse Week is a fantastic idea. The horses are the stars of our sport and deserve to be celebrated.”

Jayne McGivern

Owner of racehorses and retired racehorse turned eventer Our Old Fella aka ‘Polo’ ridden by team GB international Piggy March

“I get as much satisfaction out of seeing my horses thrive and succeed out of racing as I do seeing them win on the track – it’s not always the superstars, who are the superstars! National Racehorse Week is a wonderful opportunity to share these experiences and to meet these brilliant horses in person.”



Racing Groom at Richard Phillips Racing

“Every horse is different and has its own personality, part of the fun of working with them is getting to know their cheeky ways. I love that National Racehorse Week gives us a chance to show them off at home and people can get to meet them for themselves.”

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