Friday, May 10, 2019

The inaugural open morning offers racing fans the opportunity to get behind the scenes and experience a training yard in action.

Horse Racing Ireland Ownership has 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, which will take place on Saturday 18 May, will see over 30 trainers from 12 counties open their yards to those members of the public who have registered on in advance of the day.

There are 7 trainers taking part in the National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning within county Kildare, these include Tracey Collins, Darren Bunya, Brendan W.Duke, Peter McCreery, Philip Dempsey, Michael Halford and Johnny Levins. Full details for each trainer participating in the open morning can be found

The Open Morning will see racing fans gain access to Kildare’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.

Speaking at the launch of Horse Racing Ireland’s National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning initiative, Tracey Collins said:

 “Horse racing is no different to any other sport, it’s great to be a spectator at a big race day but getting behind the scenes is a rare and unique opportunity. Ireland is a world leader in the business of racehorse training and breeding and it’s important that trainers play their part in promoting the sport and what is involved in producing winners. The National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning is a great way to do this and I certainly look forward to welcoming racing fans to my yard on May 18th and showing them all that goes on behind the scenes. It will be a morning that the whole family can enjoy.”

Amber Byrne, Owner Development Manager, Horse Racing Ireland, commented:

“The National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning initiative not only provides an opportunity for racing fans and potential racehorse owners to gain access to training yards across the country but also to see what is involved in racehorse training and ownership. Places are limited so I would encourage anyone interested in taking part to register today to avoid disappointment.”

The National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning is a free event, however, visitors must pre-register to attend. No walk-in visitors will be allowed entry on the morning. To find out more about the open morning and access details, please visit:

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