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Local artist's Drinking Horse sculpture gets its own winner's enclosure at Newbury Racecourse

23-04-2018

Newbury racecourse marked the opening of its Flat racing season by installing a remarkable sculpture at the heart of the parade rings - Tom Hiscocks' massive yet finely realised depiction of a drinking horse.

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Local trainers - and Frankie - make waves at Newbury Racecourse's first weekend of the Flat season

22-04-2018 A Correspondent

The Friday of Newbury Racecourse's first Flat meeting of the season - the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend - saw sunshine and good racing, the Saturday (April 21) saw a little less less sunshine but some great racing.

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Local eventer Flora Harris is well prepared for a third Badminton completion

18-04-2018 Janet Perrins

This may be Marlborough based Flora Harris’ attempt for a third completion at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in a few weeks, but she is definitely not looking to the proverb, ‘third time’ lucky’, to see her through.

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Salisbury Racecourse has a rich history - and a record-breaking season ahead

16-04-2018 Owen Alsop

Racing is believed to have taken place on ‘the race plain’ from as early as the sixteenth century and Salisbury's Racecourse's ‘City Bowl’, dating back to 1654, is thought to be Britain's oldest named race - it is currently sponsored by Betfred.  

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Perrine, the RDA Carriage Driving Pony is saved thanks to petition

13-04-2018

Marlboroughequestrian.news has learned that Perrine, the the RDA Carriage Driving Pony who's life was under threat following an accident will now be retired rather than put down.   The Trustees of Kennet Valley Driving Group relented after the petition was signed by over 3,500 people and the chairman Gillian Fallon received countless emails from people...

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Barbury Racecourse: Tedworth Point-to-Point draws a large - if rather wet - crowd to watch some great racing

10-04-2018 Russell Smith

Lotus Pond once more repaid his connections' faith with a convincing victory in the JM Finn & Co Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup at the Tedworth Hunt meeting at Barbury Racecourse, last Sunday (April 8).  Watching in the cold and misty rain was a really large crowd of...

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Locally trained entry confirmed for the Grand National: Milansbar will run with Bryony Frost aboard

09-04-2018

With the announcement this afternoon of the five-day confirmations for Saturday's Randox Health Grand National, it is confirmed that Milansbar - trained by Neil King on the west side of Barbury Castle - will run.  He will be ridden by Bryony Frost - who rode him to a most famous...

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Off to a flying start: Martyn Meade's Chilean is his first runner and first winner out of Manton

09-04-2018

The Manton Estate's new owner Martyn Meade plans to return it to its former position as one of the country's best racehorse training centres - and just a fortnight after his move from Newmarket, he sent out Chilean to win at Longchamp (April 8).

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Tedworth Point-to-Point - but first tomorrow's jockeys take their turn

09-04-2018

The prologue to the Tedworth Point-to-Point at Barbury Racecourse (April 8) took the form of two pretty fast and furious pony races. These were sponsored by the Marlborough company Keyflow Feeds.  

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St James's Place Barbury discount ticket offer ends very soon

05-04-2018

The St James's Place Barbury International Horse Trials in July have initiated a discount ticket scheme - but hurry, hurry it ends at midnight on Sunday, April 8.

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With new research announced, Women in Racing calls for action on gender diversity in British horseracing

The first research ever undertaken into diversity in British horseracing has shown there is a need to develop a proper diversity agenda within the sport.  The research was unveiled at Women in Racing's sixth AGM at York Racecourse (May 17.)

The research - supported by funding from the Racing Foundation - was carried out by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice at Oxford Brookes University and Women in Racing.   

The report - titled Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing industry - found that while progress is being made at all levels within horseracing on gender diversity, there are serious issues for women working and involved within the sport.

These issues include:
 *   Lack of career development opportunities (at all levels including jockeys), progression and support;
 *   There are examples of discriminative, prejudice and bullying behaviour;
 *   Barriers and lack of representation at senior and board level; and
 *   Negative experiences of work-life balance and pastoral care.

The research’s most immediate recommendation is to establish an independent diversity steering body to support British horseracing in developing a deeper understanding of its diversity.  In the longer term a steering group would set industry-wide, voluntary diversity targets and effective monitoring.  

The research also sets out further actions to help improve gender diversity in leadership roles and addressing some of the career barriers women face within the sport at all levels - including mentoring and the positive impact of visible role models.

Women in Racing had recognised the need for this research and most other sports, particularly Olympic disciplines, have a diversity agenda and monitoring mechanisms in place, as well as independent reporting, which have all be developed following similar research. Women in Racing have confirmed its commitment and desire to work with British horseracing to act on the findings and recommendations.

The research was carried out by Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Professor of Equality & Diversity Management with researcher and lecturer Kate Clayton-Hathway.  It was the brainchild of the founder and honorary president of Women in Racing, Sally Rowley-Williams, who commented:   

“This is a ground-breaking piece of research for British horseracing. It sets out clear recommendations which the sport needs to act on. As the sport’s governing body, the BHA is best placed to lead on progressing the diversity agenda, but it is for all in the sport to play their part."

 "Women in Racing will do all it can to facilitate change and make sure this research is just the starting point for taking forward the diversity agenda within British horseracing."

The full report can be read here.

FOOTNOTE: The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote.

 

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