Tabitha Smith discusses history of horse racing at Elysian Riding and Driving for the Disabled club's annual meeting

PUBLISHED: 07:27 19 July 2017

The speaker at Elysian Riding and Driving for the Disabled club's annual meeting was Tabitha Smith.

The speaker at Elysian Riding and Driving for the Disabled club's annual meeting was Tabitha Smith.

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The Elysian Riding and Driving for the Disabled club held its annual general meeting on Wednesday July 12.

New officers for the coming year were decided at the meeting: chairman Enid Bedford, secretaries Sue Garrod and Debbie Bedford, and treasurer Mike Axford.

The guest speaker at the meeting was Tabitha Smith of the National Stud who described the history and importance of Newmarket as the centre of horses and horse racing.

She said: “It was originally used by the Romans to race their chariots but was firmly established as a centre racing in Charles 11’s time for he had a passion for horses and the area is renowned for its turf being the most suitable for raising and racing them.

“The Jockey Club is now the key owner and has turned the industry into a multi-million business with the profits being ploughed back into the establishment.”

The Elysian Riding and Driving for the Disabled club provide disabled children with the opportunity to have the experience of gaining confidence and a sense of achievement by riding and driving horses, assisted by an experienced team of helpers.

For more information contact Enid Bedford on 01353 662499.

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