If the world’s most famous steeple chase, the Randox Grand National, has fuelled the imaginations of pony-loving children, next Tuesday’s Junior Jumpers Raceday at Exeter Racecourse will prove the perfect day out.
Junior Jumpers was created with the aim of increasing attendance amongst children and to encourage parents to regard horseracing as a family friendly pastime.
Every fixture at Exeter Racecourse is free for under 18s, and at next Tuesday’s meeting there will be a chance for children to take part in a behind the scenes tour, and meet jockeys in between the races. The equisiser, a mechanical horse, will be on course for children to jump on, and there’s also free rosette making and colouring in.
Children can join Junior Jumpers for free, and as soon as they do, they’ll receive an exclusive members pack which includes a swing badge, membership card, raceday collectors book, a starter pin badge, and they’ll receive a quarterly newsletter.
General manager Jack Parkisnon said: “Our Junior Jumpers raceday is a great day out for parents looking for something to do during the Easter holidays as its free for kids to attend.
“Junior Jumpers is a great way to engage young interest, and teach children about the sport, as there is far more to it than just the horse racing, such as life for the horses once they retire, how horses are trained, how much they mean to the lads and lasses who look after them and the many and varied jobs that are available within the sport. Junior Jumpers gives a real insight into an all-encompassing industry with horses at its heart.”
Junior Jumpers has been such a success since it was first launched in 2016, that it now has over 2700 members countrywide and the support of some key racing personalities including Alice Fox-Pitt, Rishi Persad and champion jockey Richard Johsnon, all of whom have enrolled their children.
Next Tuesday, gates open at 12.10pm with the first race off at 2.10pm.
More information can be found on the website www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk