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Meydan Equine Education Programme Teams Up With Rashid Centre for the Disabled

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Youngsters Attend Special Stable Tour Ahead of First Race Meeting

Children from the Rashid Centre for the Disabled paid a special visit to Meydan Racecourse today (Thursday) and were introduced to some of the stars of the Dubai racing season, both four-legged and two.

The visit, which took place exactly one week before the first meeting of the new racing season, was part of the Meydan Equine Education Programme, which provides educational stable tours to Dubai’s schools.

Ten youngsters, aged between 15 and 18, toured Dubai Racing Club’s Grandstand Stables and met trainer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe and jockeys, Saeed Al Mazrooei and Tadhg O’Shea.

Meydan Board Member, Malih Al Basti, who is also the Chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee, was also on hand to chat to the children.

“The Meydan Equine Education Programme was launched three-and-a-half years ago as part of a drive to teach youngsters about the history and heritage of equestrianism in the UAE,” said Mr Al Basti. “We also hope that hosting Dubai’s schools at a working racing yard and showing them important operational areas like the parade ring and jockeys’ room will help engage the younger generation with the modern sport of horseracing. Our racing season gets underway next week and it would be lovely if a visit to one of our yards inspires a young person to attend the races with their family or investigate more about the racing industry.”

“We’ve seen the project grow year-on-year and we are very pleased to include the Rashid Centre for the Disabled among our attending schools for the 2015-16 season,” he added.

The Meydan Equine Education Programme is operated by Meydan Group. Youngsters are taken to visit Dubai Racing Club yards including Grandstand Stables, Oasis Stables and Green Stables, which are located inside the Meydan Racecourse complex in Nad Al Sheba.

During the tours the youngsters meet the equine stars of the track as well as the trainer and racing personnel from each yard. They complete educational work sheets and have the opportunity to ask questions about the care and training of racehorses. They then visit the operational areas of the grandstand including the Parade Ring, Weighing Room and Jockeys’ Dressing Room.

The programme runs from October to May every season with a break during January, February and March to allow the yards to focus on the Dubai World Cup Carnival and the Dubai World Cup – an international season of horse racing worth almost US$40m in prize money.

More than 1300 youngsters will participate in the Meydan Equine Education Programme this season.

For more information about the Meydan Equine Education Programme please contact Sarah Tregoning on 050 8574154 or email sarah.tregoning@meydan.ae

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