Deanos Beano, Menorah, Andrew Hoy and Peppa Pig star at a bumper Greatwood Open Day
PUBLISHED: 09:44 07 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013
Visitors ranging from the Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire regions and beyond flocked to the Greatwood Open Day yesterday at Marlborough and were warmly welcomed with an array of equine displays, demonstrations and children's activities,
Visitors ranging from the Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire regions and beyond flocked to the Greatwood Open Day yesterday at Marlborough and were warmly welcomed with an array of equine displays, demonstrations and childrens activities, showcasing the work of the charity, which rehabilitates and re-homes former racehorses as well as working with children with special education needs via its Horsepower programme.
Kicking off a packed programme of events was a skillful polocrosse demonstration from former and re-trained racehorses Spooks, Bunny, Horizon and Scarlett of the Vale Impi Polocrosse Club in association with Horsewyse. Following this Badminton and Burghley winner and team Olympic Gold Medalist in eventing Andrew Hoy, engaged the crowd on board Cheeky Calimbo with a fascinating jumping demonstration in preparation before he leaves to compete in Germany at the end of this week.
On parade in the main arena, all reveling in the limelight! were former and current heroes of the jumping world; Greatwood Hurdle winner and leading hurdler Menorah, as well as former Grand National winner Bindaree, Blazing Bailey who has notched 12 wins during his career and 2003 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Strong Flow. In addition, a parade of Greatwood graduates and inmates featured including Penny Bunters Natterjack, who recently won the unaffiliated Spring Dressage Championship and the ever popular Deanos Beano, a permanent resident at Greatwood who boasts numerous race wins including the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Away from the parade ring there was plenty on offer for the younger visitors,stealing the show was undoubtedly the hugely popular childrens character Peppa Pig, flanked by a special Peppa Pig security who posed for pictures and met with her adoring fans! Visitors were also able to get up close and personal with all the horses in their stables as well as the remainder of the Greatwood tribe including the Shetland nursemaids Tish, Toyboy, Aaron and Poncho.
Founder and Trustee of Greatwood, Helen Yeadon commented Yesterdays Greatwood Open Day was our biggest yet, raising a over 5,500 for the Charity, which is a fantastic figure and we are very grateful to all our Greatwood staff and supporters who helped make the day such a success.As well as offering plenty of entertainment for everyone the day is a great opportunity for us to showcase our work rehabilitating and re-homing former racehorses as well as our Horsepower Programme which supports children with special education needs.