Doncaster Equine College (DEC) hosted an event on Sunday to showcase the beauty and versatility of horses. The Doncaster Equine College Annual Show was a resounding success, with horses from all over the UK, to compete in almost 100 classes.
Competitors enjoyed the use of the resourceful facilities at the Northern Racing College (NRC), set within the tranquil grounds of Rossington Hall near Bawtry Forest. The College was alive with equines and canines with their owners, of all age groups enjoying the atmosphere of the day.
The showground boasted a selection of retired famous names, as NRC are the industry leaders in providing a second career for ex-racehorses to enjoy a comfortable and healthy lifestyle, training the next generation of horse racing professionals.
The winners included horses retired from trainers all over the UK, some only recently left the track last week. The RoR classes included qualifiers for Aintree and Hickstead and some entrants travelled over 250 miles to take part in this picturesque Yorkshire based equine show near the popular village of Bawtry, South Yorkshire.
The judges gave up their Sunday to attend the event, which was greatly attended by competitors from all over the UK, Jo Callwood, RoR judge says ‘Many people are unaware of the amount of effort and hard work that goes into re-training an ex-racehorse to be able to have a second career in showing, show-jumping, eventing or just happy hacking. The thoroughbreds have worked hard in their first careers on the race track and the Annual Show at the NRC has been an excellent event to celebrate the versatility of the animals that are, more often than not, bred purely for the racing industry. The Annual Show was an excellent day, an event that was relaxed and low key for competitors to enjoy.’
The Doncaster Equine College students and horses were able to compete alongside other competitors, giving students a taste of ambition before going out to employers, four of which were successful in winning places, receiving 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th prizes.
NRC’s Fundraising Manager, Philippa Bonham stated ‘Our students, horses, volunteers and staff have worked hard to showcase the work we do at the College. The feedback from competitors, spectators, sponsors and traders has been excellent, which is great for raising awareness of our fundraising to continue to provide a second career for the horses as they retire from racing to train the next generation of equine professionals.’
If you would like to support NRC by making a donation please go to their justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/northernracingcollege.
If you are interested in taking part in a VIP visit to Northern Racing College to meet the horses and learn about the rewarding careers available in racing and the wider equine industries please call our Marketing team on 01302 861000.