Jockeys jump for charity

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  • Equestrian celebrities will help raise money for charity at a show jumping competition at Lambourn Open Day

    Lambourn is preparing for its annual big day when trainers open their yards to the public and the village stages a special show jumping competition on Good Friday, 29 March.

    This is the 23rd year of the event, which this year is raising money for the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, the local Air Ambulance and a local racehorse rehabilitation centre.

    Among the equestrian stars will be champion jockey Tony McCoy, who is set to partner Grand National jockey, Gee Armytage, in the pairs showjumping competition.

    Also taking part are John Francome and Tracy Bailey, plus Gold Cup-winning jockey Norman Williamson.

    In the morning, the public will get a chance to see some of their favourite race horses at home.

    Top trainer, Nicky Henderson, says: ” There are a lot of high-profile horses stabled here and racing fans can come and see the horses they know.

    “There are 30 yards opening their doors and we expect to see 5-6,000 visitors during the day.”

    The events, which hopes to raise around £30,000, will include an exhibition of schooling over fences and hurdles, celebrity bungee jumping, falconry and ferret racing. There will also be tradestands and family amusements, including quadbike racing.

    Admission is £5 for adults. The yards open their doors at 8.30am and afternoon entertainments start at 1pm.

    Visitors should head for Lambournvillage, where they will find signs to the events.

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