For the first time in five years, the renowned Welton Stud is inviting the public to its open day on Saturday 3 March, which offers a packed programme of events.

Merged with Hartpury College earlier this year, the Welton Eventing Stud is run under the supervision of Linda and Sam Barr.

Doors open at 10.30am with the Welton Horse Performance starting at 11.30am. Top riders taking part include world champion Blyth Tait with his 2000 Lexington winner Welton Envoy.

Programme of events:

11.30am Welcome by Sam Barr followed by introduction by commentator Mike Tucker.

11.35am Welton Crackerjack and Linda Barr

11.40am Progreny Group – Welton Crackerjack and Complete Surprise with Baby Welton

11.45am Ridden and jumping performance by Tor Brewer on Baby Welton

11.55am Display by Welton Adonis (three-year-old son of Baby Welton by Welton Apollo)

12.05pm Display by Double Cracker (entire yearlingson of Baby Welton by Double Trigger)

12.10pm Family Group and display by Welton Chardonnay

12.25pm Blyth Tait with Welton Vivat

12.40pm Welton Crackerjack and progeny

12.55pm Magical Lark

1.00pm Jumping lesson with Blyth Tait

1.20pm Parade of Fairdinkum and Welton Airbourne

1.30pm Welton Ambassador

1.40pm Welton Ambassador, Welton Diplomat and Extra Gameful

1.55pm Welton Envoy and Blyth Tait

2.05pm Riding for Disabled Association presentation

2.10pm Closing Parade

Following the display, there will be the opportunity for visitors to enjoy guided tours of the new Home Farm Stud, which has been especially built to accommodate the Welton horses.

This new resource includes custom-built facilities under one cover, new paddocks, foaling boxes, indoor covering yard, semen collection facilities, wintering barns for mares and youngstock and a new semen freezing centre and laboratory, where A.I. chilled and frozen semen, plus embryo transfer, are available nationally and internationally.

Admission to the stallion performance is £5 per person in advance, or £7 on the day. Under 16’s go free and there are concessions for students with NUS cards.

All profits from the Open Day will go towards the Riding for the Disabled Association.

For more information contact Harpbury College (Tel: 01452 702132)