The charity HEROS — Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme — is running a masterclass entitled “Optimum Health for Optimum Performance”.

The fund-raising event will be held at North Farm Stud (the headquarters of HEROS), near Wantage, Oxfordshire on Sunday, 20 May.

“The link between health and performance is critical,” said Dr Emma Baston of sponsor Merial Equine Health. “The lectures are set to be highly informative for anyone involved in producing competition horses.”

Starting at 10.30am, there will be presentations from some of the UK’s leading veterinary specialists. The speakers are: Dr Lesley Young, “Do horses with big hearts run faster?”; Geoff Lane, “Making horses that have gone in the wind, go like the wind”; and, Richard Hepburn, “Journey to the centre of the stomach”.

“All the speakers are witty and can be very funny,” said organiser Grace Muir. “Although they are experts, anyone will be able to understand it and join in.”

Mark Pitman will be chairing the seminar, and there will also be a celebrity panel present. Those confirmed to date include: Manchester City Manager cum racehorse owner Stuart Pearce; trainers Carl Llewellyn and William Muir; Richard Fuller, sales director of Fuller’s Brewery and a MFH; and, New Zealand international dressage rider Lisa White.

Following the presentations, delegates will be able to put questions to the speakers and the panel.

The price for delegates is: adults £50; students £25; and, children (12-16) £15. There is also an optional stud tour for £5. For further details or to book, visit www.heroscharity.org or (tel: 01488 638243).