The British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual charity race days amassed almost £48,000 this year when jockeys headed to Newbury Racecourse in November.
The popular fundraising event took place over two days, challenging the fitness and resilience of those taking part, all to raise funds for the charitable goals of the BHS.
Heading to the starting line, all of the jockeys exuded determination and dedication.
Twelve aspiring jockeys (feature image), from across the country, took to the track at the two racecourses and had to undertake months of intense training to reach the fitness levels and stamina required to race.
Both races were nail-biters as every rider worked tirelessly to chase that winning feeling. At Newbury Racecourse, Lucy Boultbee-Brooks crossed the finish line victorious in a thrilling and close race.
Lucy Boultbee-Brooks, winner of the BHS Newbury Charity Race Day, said:
“We set off a little behind but as soon as we got on the home straight, we just flew. I loved every minute and would recommend it to anyone thinking about giving it go. It’s so nice to give back to a charity that is also giving us so much”
At Wetherby Racecourse, Amelia McArthur took the win, riding her horse Qaabil in a tense final stretch.
Amelia McArthur, winner of the Wetherby Racecourse Charity Race, said:
“Winning just feels a little bit surreal to be honest. I’ve been preparing for this for so long, I just can’t believe we’ve done it.
I’m passionate about the message that the BHS send out. I’m so happy knowing the money I raised will help educate owners, as well as inspire and support more people to get involved with horses”.
This race day comes as the BHS continues to promote and celebrate the brilliant, ever-expanding opportunities that are available across the equine industry, as well as the unique stories of equestrians who have benefited from that indescribable bond with horses.
By providing financial and practical support to the equestrian industry, the charity strives to keep that horse human bond alive, guarantee the guarantee the long-term sustainability of the equine industry and keep Britain riding.
To make a donation head to the dedicated bhs donation webpage.