Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) held a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ Day at The Curragh Racecourse on Wednesday to promote interest and awareness in horse racing, among primary school children in Kildare.
Over 300 fith and sixt class pupils from local schools took part in demonstrations from RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) and farrier, Donal Bennett. They heard talks from jockeys Jamie Codd and Mark Enright and Valet Paul Fox and local trainers James Leavy and Shane Duffy. The pupils also met Racecourse Manager, Paul Hensey who explained how the team at The Curragh Racecourse prepares for a race day. The children had a chance to try out the RACE horse simulator, to assist the farrier with his work and they even took part in a running race right on the famous Curragh racetrack.
All of the children received a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ goodie bag at the end of the day and were invited to enter an essay competition based on their experience at the racecourse. The top ten finalists and their parents will be invited to the Newbridge Community Race Day at the Curragh on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, where the winner will be presented with a laptop,. There will also be prizes for the nine runners-up.
“We were delighted to welcome so many children from local schools to the racecourse,” said Evan Arkwright of The Curragh Racecourse,
“This gave us the opportunity to not only give children a behind-the-scenes view of what takes place on a race day but also promote our Newbridge Community Race Day,”