JACK BERRY House opened its doors to the public at this year’s Malton Stables Open Day which has raised over £10,000 for its chosen charities and community groups.
Eighteen stable yards opened their gates to visitors with displays and demonstrations taking place in some yards and for those interested in the science of it all both Rainbow Equine Hospital and Minster Vets welcomed visitors to their premises.
The plans and early stages of the Jack Berry House build seen by many visitors last year was brought to life with the new £3.1m rehabilitation centre featuring as part of the open day activities.
The “Jockey Gym Challenge” also gave visitors the opportunity to show off their fitness levels with a rowing and watt bike challenge and many were delighted to meet the man who made it happen, Jack Berry.
After the yards closed, the focus of the open day moved to the Highfield Gallops and a pony racing and a jockey jumping relay event.
Professional jockeys teamed up with pony club youngsters to compete over a series of jumps against the clock, the fastest pair winning.
Twenty Jockeys turned out to support the youngsters and there was plenty of competitive spirit as they took on their challenge.
The second to last pairing of Megan Carberry and pony club member Ellen Winters completed the course in the quickest time to win overall.
Tim Fitzgerald, chairman of Malton Racing Association said: “It’s been a fantastic event, well supported by visitors and by a great team of volunteers who help make the day a success.
“We have been fortunate to have the support of Arena Racing Company, who came on board as lead sponsors this year, along with other sponsors and supporters who also helped support the day’s events.
“Feedback has been very positive and coupled with some excellent weather I think everyone had a great day out.”
The event raised over £10,000 for its chosen charities and community groups.
Meanwhile, Middleham Park Racing’s connections are excited at the prospect of the progressive colt Ventura Storm colt stepping up in class for the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Sunday.
Tim Palin, Middleham Park’s racing manager said: “The Hannons have thought a bit of him for a while. Even before his debut they were telling us good things about him. He’s won on good ground and on soft and that could be to our advantage if it remains on the easy side.”