Galway Racecourse will host a ‘Kids Go Racing’ Day on Thursday, 22nd March in Ballybrit in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland.
👧🧑It's coming up next month our Kids Go Racing Day with @GoRacing Thursday 22nd March. Bring it on🤟. Aa super day bringing our young guests on a behind the scenes tour of the Galway Races #GalwayRaces #Futureracegoers #GiddyUp #Sport #HorseRacing pic.twitter.com/zIdEssUE4y
— Galway Races (@Galway_Races) February 22, 2018
As part of their Go Racing Kids’ Club, schools are invited to come along to their local track for a morning. The education days usually coincide with a family race day at the track, where there are extra activities between racing and an educational area set up to teach children about Irish racing.
The aim of the Go Racing Kids’ Club is to educate the younger generation about horse racing and show them what happens behind the scenes on a race day. And that this initiative will lead to greater integration between racecourses and their local community.
As part of the tour, there are five stations:
Meet a Trainer: A trainer brings a racehorse to the racecourse and describes how he or she would train it, how their yard gets ready for a big race day, what a horse eats and how much exercise it must get. The trainer also demonstrates how to saddle up and points out all the necessary tack.
Meet a Jockey: A jockey takes the pupils into the weigh room. The jockey shows the students his/her riding gear – helmet, whip, back protector, etc. and explains how he/she became a jockey, what it takes to be a jockey, how he/she prepares for races and answers any questions the students may have.
R.A.C.E (Racing Academy & Centre of Education): A representative of RACE provides information about their Trainee Jockey course and give demonstrations on the racehorse simulator.
Racecourse Manager: The pupils meet the Racecourse Manager and learn about how he/she prepares the track/ground for a race day. The pupils are then brought out on to the track where they are shown how starting stalls work or how the hurdles and fences are made.
Front Runner – Racing Club for Kids: During the break, the children are shown a range of racing equipment, props and visuals that are required for racing, including silks, horse shoes, racing tack, feed, etc. This gives children an insight into racing in a fun and interactive way.
— Derek O Connor (@DerekOConnor82) March 29, 2017