National Racehorse Week

Dec 4, 2022 | Equestrian | 0 comments

Beginning of September – I was very lucky to win VIP tickets for myself and a good friend (lovely Kim!) to go behind the scenes of one of Horse & Country’s new series ‘National Racehorse Week’ in association with NAF. It really was a priceless moment.

Filming was based at the outstanding Warrant Greatrex Racing Yard in Lambourn, formerly Oliver Sherwood’s base – the facilities are really out of this world, and all the racehorses are treated like Kings and Queens. I’d quite happily move in.

The new H&C series was hosted by the talented Rosie Tapner who you may recognise from presenting racing on TV, along with special guest eventing supreme and racing guru Yogi Breisner.

That's a wrap - Behind the Scenes with Horse & Country on the set of filming 'National Racehorse Week'Pin this image on Pinterest
That’s a wrap – Behind the Scenes with Horse & Country on the set of filming ‘National Racehorse Week’

It was a wonderful day spent in the world of racing, everyone was genuinely so friendly, and I came away with a changed perception of what it’s like to work in racing. It really is a very special world.

The Horse & Country team made the VIP winners feel very welcome and it was fascinating to see what goes into filming a TV series for ‘National Racehorse Week’ which is a fantastic idea. The team were super professional, always on it and worked quickly to get the shots needed taking into consideration the horses and riders involved.

I tried to get some shots from the day on my Olympus Pen camera and thought I’d share some from the day to accompany the 5 parts of the series.

Part 1 – Jumping the Racehorse Part 1

Rosie interviewing Yogi after loose schooling the racehorses Pin this image on Pinterest
Rosie interviewing Yogi after loose schooling the racehorses

Part 2 – Jumping the Racehorse Part 2

Showing the racehorses the fencesPin this image on Pinterest
Showing the racehorses the fences
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Teaching the racehorses to jump

Part 3 – Retraining of the racehorse to jump over poles, fillers and brush fences

The racehorses who had been in training for a little while & looking fab on the flatPin this image on Pinterest
The racehorses who had been in training for a little while & looking fab on the flat
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Making a great shape

Part 4 – Q&A with Yogiif you watch this episode, make sure you keep a lookout for someone who might have made an appearance and asked Yogi an eventing x racing question. 🙂

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Interview time with Yogi

Part 5 – Thoroughbred nutrition with NAF

Filming with Jamie OsbornePin this image on Pinterest
Filming with Jamie Osborne
Tour of the yardPin this image on Pinterest
Tour of the yard
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Impressive facilities with a circular pool & equine spa
Many Clouds was trained at this yard by Oilver SherwoodPin this image on Pinterest
Many Clouds was trained at this yard by Oliver Sherwood
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Stunning – when can I move in?

Well, I hope you enjoyed going behind the scenes on my VIP day with Horse & Country to celebrate National Racehorse Week- it really was a priceless experience and one I will always remember. Huge thank you to the team for making us feel welcome and looking after us.

If you’d like to watch the series on H&C – make sure you subscribe here for £5.99 a month – there are lots of great shows on there across all equestrian disciplines.

Becky x

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