To many youngsters, Newmarket’s world-famous Heath is just grass, but, thanks to a specially organised trip this week, pupils from the town’s All Saints’ primary school know better.
On Monday 29 children from Year 3 were taken on a tour by training ground manager Nick Patton, visiting the Racecourse and Bury Side gallops where they saw horses at exercise. Rachel Wood, who helped organise the visit said: “The children were thrilled to be able to watch the horses galloping up the hill, and stood so quietly that they could even hear the horses breathing.”
Children from the school have also been among 160 from six local primary schools taking part in a tailor-made educational program allowing them to explore, interact and appreciate the unique heritage of their local community. The project run by Newmarket Racecourses, the National Horseracing Museum, BHEST (British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust) and The Horse Comes First initiative, has already included a visit to Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud and next week will see youngsters spend a day at the races.