The National Horse Racing Museum is launching a summer of events for horse fans. What’s more, they’re all free to watch with general admission to the museum, where an annual pass costs adults just £15 and under-16s go free.
Shetland ponies will be put through their paces by their young jockeys at the mini steeplechase course in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena on 23rd July. There will also be demonstrations and the chance to meet the Shetlands.
Sparks will fly in the museum’s forge on 12th August when farriers and their apprentices show off their skills. They’ll be attempting to make horseshoes in just 10 minutes at the Annual Farrier Competition.
The British Horseball Association and Retraining of Racehorses will host the first ever RoR Racing to Horseball Cup in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena on 2nd September. It’s a chance to see this fast-growing sport which ex-racehorses are being retrained to compete in because of their natural speed, agility and experience of running with the crowd.
England’s oldest workhorse, the Suffolk Punch, will be the star of the show at the Peter O’Sullevan Arena on 1st October. This rare breed of heavy horse will be putting on displays and there will be a chance to meet them, too.
For full details, go to www.nhrm.co.uk/whats-on-events-and-exhibitions