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Photo 1: Cat Elliott (former patient and Racing Secretary to Luca Cumani) is interviewed at the Newmarket Open Weekend about her experience of Magpas, after she was treated by the charity following a serious fall from a horse.
Photo 2: One of the horses at the Bedford House Stables.
Photo 3: Magpas’s stand at the Bedford House Stables.
It was a beautifully sunny weekend for the debut of the fantastic Newmarket Open Weekend 2015 (NOW) on 19th & 20th September. We were thrilled to be a part of such a prevalent event in the racing calendar, after being chosen as one of three local charities to benefit from the festivities.
After the popularity of the previous Newmarket Open Days, the Jockey Club decided to extend the event to a two-day bonanza, with this year including a Food Festival which saw over 30 stalls selling loads of different and delicious local food.
Saturday kicked off with the Warren Hill Gallops, along with other sites like the National Horse Racing Museum and Equine Hospital, being opened up to the public. In the afternoon it was racing at the Rowley Mile, with the special twist of Newmarket based trainers giving the commentary a go, as part of the weekend’s charity fundraising. Magpas was very lucky to have Sir Michael Stoute, one of the trainers for Her Majesty The Queen, and Hugo Palmer taking to the commentary position for us, for a very exciting afternoon of racing!
Even more behind-the-scenes action of Newmarket took place on the Sunday, with the trainer’s yards opening their doors. Magpas had a stand at the exquisite Bedford House Stables, run by the highly respected trainer Luca Cumani and his team, which was bustling with people having a wander round the lovely grounds and meeting the impressive horses.
We’re still waiting to find out the grand fundraising total from the weekend. In the mean time we’d like to say a special thank you to everyone involved for all the hard work and support! We’d also like to thank former patient Cat Elliott, Racing Secretary at Luca Cumani, for putting our name forward to be one of the sponsored charities.