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Visit Nicky Henderson’s yard and 5 other horsey things to do this Easter


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  • Hurrah for the Easter holidays! We're excited about the impending chocolate fix, yes. But there are plenty other horsey reasons to get us in the holiday mood as well...

    1. Take a sneak peek at a top racing yard

    Due to heavy rain Lambourn Open Day has had to cancel the opening of all yards on Good Friday (30 March 2018) and the afternoon activities — but the good news is that  Nicky Henderson’s historic Seven Barrows stable will still be open to the public, from 9am-1pm. The entrance charge will be £5 per person and if you have prepaid tickets you will be given £5 and a free programme for each ticket already bought. So get ready to spot some of the biggest stars to come out of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, including Buveur D’Air and Altior. Visit: lambournopenday.com

    2. Head north for the Middleham Open Day

    Don’t miss out on your racing fix if you’re based further north, with the Middleham Open Day in North Yorkshire, also on Good Friday (30 March 2018). Twelve trainers are opening their doors to the public for the event from 9.30am — and make sure you don’t miss the swimming demonstrations at Mark Johnston’s Kingsley House yard. There will be a parade of Bedale West of Yore foxhounds through Middleham at 11am and the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) musical ride at 1.30pm. Adult tickets cost £10 and children under-16 are free. Visit: middlehamopenday.co.uk

    3. Pack a picnic for a point-to-point

    Dust off your hamper and round up a group of friends for your local point-to-point over the weekend (and if the heavens open, it will give you a perfect excuse to succumb to the burger van…). Fixtures are as follows:

    Saturday 31 March 2018
    Ashford Valley Tickham, Charing, Kent
    Avon Vale, Larkhill, Wiltshire
    Cotley, Somerset
    Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Kimblewick, Kimble, Buckinghamshire
    Middleton, Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire
    Monmouthshire, Monmouth Showground
    North Staffordshire, Sandon, Staffordshire
    Puckeridge, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire
    Woodland Pythchley, Dingley, Leicestershire

    Monday 2 April 2018
    Aldington Races (East Kent with West Street), Aldington, Kent
    College Valley & North Northumberland, Alnwick, Northumberland
    Four Burrow, Trebudannon, Cornwall
    Hurworth, Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire
    North Cotswold, Paxford, Gloucestershire
    North Shropshire, Eyton-On-Severn, Shropshire
    Old Berkshire, Lockinge, Oxfordshire
    South Notts, Lydstep, Dyfed
    Taunton Vale Foxhounds & Harriers, Kingston St Mary, Somerset
    Vine & Craven, Hackwood Park, Hampshire

    For the latest information on point-to-point fixtures visit pointtopoint.co.uk/fixtures

    4. Sniff out some Easter eggs

    Searching for Easter eggs becomes a whole lot more credible if a horse or pony is involved. Contact your local Pony Club (pcuk.org) to find out what Easter egg hunts they have planned. Or if you’ve made the trip to the Big Smoke for the Easter break, head to the Household Cavalry museum (householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk), where you can hunt around the stables in search of the Royal golden egg.

    5. Get out competing

    With a few days off, this is the perfect opportunity to buck up the courage to get out competing. Whether it’s clear round showjumping you’re after to dust-off the winter cobwebs, or something more demanding, head to Equo Events at equoevents.co.uk to find out what is happening at your nearest show centre.

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    6. Indulge in an ice cream by the seaside

    For the ultimate holiday experience without leaving the country (or your horse behind), box up and head to the coast for a gallop along the beach. Get up to speed with staying safe by the sea and check out some of our readers’ top spots here.

    For all the latest equestrian news, reports and analysis, don’t miss the latest issue of Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday

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