Family fun for Saturday: Kildare horse trainers opening up yards to the public

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Family fun for Saturday: Kildare horse trainers opening up yards to the public

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Trot along to your local racehorse trainer's yard this weekend and see how it all happens!


Families are urged to pop along to their local racehorse trainer's yard around Co Kildare who are opening their doors on Saturday morning.


The inaugural initiative gives a unique opportunity for potential racehorse owners and racing fans alike to race behind the scenes. 

You can meet the trainer and their team, learn more about how the yard works and find out the many ways to get involved in racehorse ownership.

Co Kildare trainers taking part include: Philip Dempsey, Derrinturn; Brendan Duke, Pollardstown; Johnny Levins, Kildare Town; Michael Halford, Rathmuck, Tracey Collins, Brownstown; Darren Bunyan, Ballysax and Pat McCreery, Gormanstown.

Other trainers taking part in the open morning are Henry De Bromhead, Gordon Elliott and Joseph O’Brien.  


Tracey Collins, said: "I certainly look forward to welcoming racing fans to my yard on the May 18 and showing them all that goes on behind the scenes. It will be a morning that the whole family can enjoy.”  

 The morning is free admission, however all attending must register all their details at: www.racehorseownership.ie/ openmorning

The event is organised by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ownership which teamed up with racehorse trainers across the country to enable racing fans and potential racehorse owners to experience a professional racing yard first-hand. 


The inaugural Racehorse Trainer Open Morning will see over 30 trainers from 12 counties open their yards to those members of the public who have registered on www.racehorseownership.ie in advance of the day.

The open morning will see racing fans gain access to some of the country’s top training yards, a rare occurrence and the first time that such widespread access has been provided.


As part of the experience, racing fans will receive a tour of their chosen yard and its facilities, watch the racehorses on the gallop, meet the skilled team that look after the horses 365 days a year and get to ask the trainer any questions they may have about the business of horse racing.

A full list of participating trainers can be found on www.racehorseownership.ie/openmorning.