Greatwood Glory, Wiltshire, Equestrian

PUBLISHED: 19:57 05 February 2012 | UPDATED: 20:56 20 February 2013

Greatwood Glory, Wiltshire, Equestrian

Greatwood Glory, Wiltshire, Equestrian

Nicholls completes a fruitful weekend with Greatwood charity race success

Greatwood Glory

Nicholls completes a fruitful weekend with Greatwood charity race success

Becky Furber provided Champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls with his seventh win at this Open fixture at Cheltenham Racecourse in a nail-biting battle up the Cheltenham hill to clinch victory in the Greatwood Charity Race on board Rock of Deauville. Becky, who works for Nicholls, came with a late flourish to win by a nose from Diana Hobbs, daughter of trainer Philip on board Piroulet, with Clare Luck riding Circus of Dreams trained by Oliver Sherwood in third.

Twelve riders took part in this years Charity race, each raising over 2,500 in aid of the Greatwood charity. Greatwood, based near Marlborough, rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes former racehorses and educates children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) via their acclaimed Horse Power program.

Commenting after the race, Becky said "It was such a thrill to ride around Cheltenham today, let alone win! I would like to thank my boss Paul Nicholls as well as Mr Warner, who owns Rock of Deauville, and everyone who generously sponsored me. Its been a fantastic experience as well as raising funds for such a worthwhile cause as Greatwood.

Helen Yeadon, Founder of Greatwood, added: The Greatwood Hurdle and Charity Race were both super-competitive and we have enjoyed a fantastic day. The Charity Race alone has raised over 30,000, a record-breaking figure for this race, and we are very grateful to all the riders for taking part.

Paul Nicholls and his Ditcheat team enjoyed another fruitful weekend, with Brampour winning the feature race, the 100,000 Greatwood Hurdle, under a young amateur jockey Harry Derham. Derham, who is Nichollss nephew and just 17 years old, notched his biggest career win to date in the competitive handicap hurdle, which is sponsored in Greatwoods name by its patron, Nigel Bunter, owner of Barbury Castle Estate near Marlborough. Al Ferof and Rangitoto provided further winners for Nicholls, as did Join Together, Edgardo Sol and Hinterland.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Greatwoods Horse Power program, which was launched at Cheltenhams Open fixture five years ago, students and graduates from Millfield, Elmhurst and Marchant Holiday schools, as well as Greatwood, took part in a best turned out pony challenge, judged by former Cheltenham jockey Mick Fitzgerald. Aaron and Poncho, two Shetland ponies from Greatwood who the children regularly work with as part of the Horse Power course, were immaculately turned out following a fiendish grooming session with both teams receiving awards.

Horse Power

Greatwood rescues neglected and ill-treated former racehorses, and educates and inspires children with special educational needs via its unique Horse Power programme. The children are taught by qualified teaching staff, with the ultimate aim being that many of those who attend achieve independence in adulthood. Horse Power provides the opportunity to explore caring for horses, learning about trust, kindness and respect, while at the same time applying the same considerations to learning how to care for themselves and their own relationships.

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