Ross and Whitchurch stables are opening their gates to the public as part of national race horse week next month.

A number of local race yards will be opening their doors to the public for free as part of National Racehorse Week, which runs from September 10-18.

Whilst there are limited places available, the yards offering open days are: Michael Scudamore near Ross-on-Wye on September 16, Thomas R Symonds near Ross-on-Wye on September 15, and Sam Allwood near Whitchurch on September 11.

Visits to the events must be booked in advance. Booking and further information can be found on the National Racehorse Week website at

The open days will showcase a range of activities which varies from yard to yard, but all will offer the chance to meet racehorses in training, as well as some who have retired. The trainers and their team will host a guided tour of their facilities, offering the chance to see horses exercise on the gallops, and on the treadmills, and walkers.

Racing Presenter Chris Hughes, an ambassador for National Racehorse Week said: “The impact of getting up close to a horse cannot be underestimated. And racing has created a unique opportunity through National Racehorse Week to help people meet these incredible animals, experience the life of a thoroughbred and talk to the dedicated teams who care for them 365 days a year.”