Looking for a new riding challenge? Try camel racing…

  • Riders looking for a new challenge are invited to apply for an unusual charity race.

    Beverley racecourse and Reckitt Benckiser are organising a charity camel race in aid of Save The Children.

    Experienced riders are invited to take part in the event taking place on 11 August.

    “You’ll have the opportunity to race a camel in front of the crowds at Beverley racecourse while raising money for a brilliant charity doing important work in the UK and abroad,” said a Beverly racecourse spokesman.

    “Never before has a camel graced the Beverley turf, and your experience from weighing room to finish post is bound to be a memorable one. Not to mention the fact your support will help fund ground breaking programmes to prevent, control and treat diarrhoea in Pakistan, Nigeria and India.”

    Camel racing will provisionally start at 1pm, with the first horse race at 2pm. Gates open at midday with the last race provisionally at 5.05pm.

    Those wishing to take part must pledge to raise a minimum of £1,500 for Save the Children. Applicants must also be experienced riders and able to attend three training days through the summer ahead of the main event.

    To apply email savethechildren.hull@rb.com

    Follow in Laura Collett’s footsteps

    In 2013, British four-star event rider Laura Collett took part in her first camel race as reported on horseandhound.co.uk

    The camels charged over one furlong at Chepstow (21 November), in aid of Bristol charity Paul’s Place, which supports disabled adults.

    There were heats of races where Laura lined up against other “jockeys” including At the Races presenter Matt Chapman and actor Sean Gleeson, before the final.

    “I’ve only ridden a camel once before — on holiday in Egypt,” Laura told H&H. “So I’m not too sure about it. But hopefully the camels will know what they’re doing…”

    The overall winner was Charlie Hancock.

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