Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) held a 'Go Racing Kids' Club' Day at the Limerick Racecourse on Monday October 8th.
424 pupils from Limerick national schools were shown what goes on behind the scenes at their local racecourse. They took part in demonstrations from RACE (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) and heard talks from Limerick natives - trainers Michael Hourigan, Andrew McNamara Senior and jockeys Andrew McNamara and Adrian Heskin.
The pupils were welcomed by Racecourse Manager, Russell Ferris who gave them a tour and demonstrated how the team at Limerick Racecourse prepares for a race day. Pupils later learned how to ride a racehorse using the RACE mechanical horse simulator.
Racecourse Manager, Russell Ferris, commented: "We were delighted to once again host the Go Racing Kids Club. The dreaded rain once again played its role but thankfully it didn't curb the enthusiasm of the school children. Their appetite for information on horse racing - especially that concerning Andrew McNamara and his injuries, was insatiable. With over 400 children in attendance it was a lively and fun morning and I was delighted with the interest they showed in horses and horse racing. It is an excellent platform to educate and showcase the fantastic sport that is horse racing to the future generation of race goers."
HRI Marketing Executive, Lorraine Page, said: "The objective of the 'Go Racing Kids' Club' initiative is to build ties between the racecourses and their local community, encouraging an affinity with racing which will hopefully produce future race-goers. The activities educate school children about racing and show them what happens behind the scenes on the racecourse."
All the children received a 'Go Racing Kids' Club' goodie bag at the end of the day and were invited to attend the The Ladbrokes Munster National and Ladies Day takes place at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday 14th October 2012.