ADVENTURE CLYDESDALE
Trail riding country wide on magnificent Clydesdale horses

A world’s first and Tom Parker reigns supreme

November 24, 2014 - A crowd of more than 3000 turned out at Exeter yesterday to watch ponies from Dartmoor and Clydesdale horses stretch their limbs in their two furlong races before seven jump races gave racegoers an afternoon to remember.

Six hill ponies went to post and it was a tiny pure bred registered Dartmoor who crossed the line in front with his owner Rachael Watson on board.
“My plan was to stay close to Frolic in the race and keep something in the tank for the finish,” said 20-year-old Rachael who farms with her parents near Poundsgate.

The ponies are part of the Hill Pony Display Team which showcases at events and and fairs what wonderful children’s ponies they make.
Charlotte Faulker of the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association said: “This is the first time we’ve done this and they were brilliant. I am so proud of them all, and their riders who were all very excited about taking part in a race at Exeter racecourse.”

Keiron Edgar was on board Tom Parker who took the Clydesdale race for the second year running. “That was really good fun,” said the beaming conditional who is based at David Pipe’s Somerset yard. “We were slowly away but he got into his stride and he won easily in the end.”

Other jockeys who took part in the race were Nick Scholfield, Aidan Coleman, Daryl Jacob, James Best, Alice Mills and Lucy Gardner.


Television actor Martin Clunes, who presented the jockeys with a bottle of champagne following the race, said it was an incredibly exciting race and he was pleased to add his support. “More racecourses should do this as it is great fun and really highlights the breed,” he said.
Tim Ancrum, owner of the Clydesdales whose other job is carrying riders across Dartmoor through his business Adventure Clydesdales, added: “it’s just wonderful to bring the boys here and let everyone see them. They are so versatile, steady and they keep on going. There was a wonderful crowd here to see them today and the cheering was incredible.”
Bookmakers Jack Bevan and Dave Phillips took bets on both races and more than £2,000 was raised for the Devon Air Ambulance.

CLYDESDALE RACE – Exeter Race programme

CLYDESDALE RACE – Exeter Race programme

No 10
TOM PARKER            
Jockey:  Conor Smith
Trainer: Tim Ancrum
Owner: Alison Schwalm    
Colours:  Yellow, blue cross belts, yellow cap
 
FORM: Last year’s winner, a real powerhouse.  Plenty of foot,
But beaten by Solo in a re-match.  This is the Usane Bolt
of the Clydesdale world.
 
No 11
BIG ALLAN                 
Jockey:  Nick Scholfield
Trainer:  Aileen Ware
Owner: Bathwick Tyres Wayne and Sarah Clifford
Colours: Red and yellow
 
FORM: Last year Big Al was third, but this year he is even bigger and
stronger and more experienced and still has his very long legs.
 
No 12
SIRYL
Jockey:  Daryl Jacob     
Trainer:  Becky Kennan
Owners: Jon Cadman and Veryan Codd
Colours: White body, green spots, green arms, white cap.
 
FORM: Stayed on well last year and loved the job.  Always enthusiastic,
will go well as long as his forelock doesn’t get in his eyes.
 
No 13
ECCO                                         
Jockey: Alice Mills
Trainer: Becky Kennan
Owner: Gill Otway + Friend
Colours: Blue and green quartered jacket with reverse sleeves and quartered cap
 
FORM:Consistent, reliable character who knows he’s good looking.  Quickest when dinner is being served.  Always ready to plunge in the river or to go mountain climbing.
 
No 14
SOLO                                                                
Jockey: Aidan Coleman
Trainer Tim Ancrum
Owner: Jen Blythe
Colours: Purple navy halved jumper, reverse sleeves, purple and navy quartered cap
 
FORM: Speedy Solo pipped Tom Parker at Flete Park and has gone from
strength to strength.  Royal Highland show winner.
 
No 15
MIDGE                                                                   
Jockey:  Lucy Gardner
Trainer: Juliette Snelgrove
Colours: Beige and white stripes, quartered cap
Owner: Susanna and Brad Weller, Miranda Robson
 
FORM: A great performer to music, having excelled in the dressage arena.
Small but with a big heart, his first race, can he up the tempo?
 
No 16
FAROE   
Jockey:  James Best     
Trainer: Hannah Coote
Colours:  Blue, light blue chevron, white cap, blue spots
Owner: Wendy Hawkes, Vanessa Fenessy and Aisha Wilson
 
FORM: The pink horse.  Solid, reliable performer, first time racing.  Could surprise. Uncomplicated horse who will try his best.

Feathers flying and tiny hooves dashing on Devon Day

Feathers will be flying and tiny hooves will be dashing on Devon Day at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, November 23 with the racing Clydesdales making a return and the racecourse staging the first ever race for Dartmoor’s native ponies.

The pint-sized ponies will come under starters’ orders at 12pm and their wee little hooves will come tearing down the track as they demonstrate their versatility as tough, hardy and fast children’s ponies.

Then the beguiling Clydesdales will take centre stage with professional jockeys’ on board. They’ll come thundering down the home straight at 12.20pm and are once again sure to have the crowd captivated by their astonishing turn of foot.

Nick Scholfield, who rode in the race last year, said: “I can’t wait to ride again. You can’t help smiling all the way to the home straight when you’re on them. They are such wonderful animals and their very presence seems to make everyone so happy.”

The racecourse has linked up with Devon Food and Drink and local food and drink producers will be selling their wares at a Farmers’ Market, Exeter Morris Men will provide traditional entertainment and of course there are seven thrilling races to enjoy.

For a really special day out, hospitality suites can be booked, or a traditional Sunday can be enjoyed in the Desert Orchid Restaurant where racegoers can book a table and relax there for the day while enjoying the spectacular views across the racecourse.

Devon residents are being offered a £5 discount off the normal price of a Grandstand and Paddock ticket if booked in advance. Children aged 17 and under race free.

The first of seven races is off at 1.05pm, gates open at10.30am and there’s a free bus from Exeter St David’s at 11.15am and the Bus and Coach Station 11.30am, returning half an hour after the last race.

Racing Clydesdales and dashing Dartmoors take centre stage at Exeter

 

Tom Parker, who won last year’s inaugural race for Clydesdales at Exeter Racecourse, will be reunited with his jockey Micheal Nolan on Sunday (Nov 23) at the racecourse’s annual Devon Day as they bid to repeat last year’s win.
 
Nolan, who is based with Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs, said: “It was absolutely brilliant last year and all the jockeys who took part felt privileged to do so. I can’t wait to be back on Tom Parker again and hopefully we’ll retain our crown.”
 
Seven horses will be taking part in the race which is staged at the racecourse to highlight the breed which is regarded as ‘at risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and to illustrate their versatility.
 
The horses belong to Tim Ancrum of Adventure Clydesdales, which specialises in providing riding holidays across Dartmoor.
 
He said: “Last year’s race was wonderful and so many people enjoyed it. We’ll be racing them over two furlongs again, and we hope they will provide a thrill for racegoers.
 
“They won't do what a racehorse will do, but then a racehorse won't do what a Clydesdale can do.
 
"I would say that they will do 18-20mph when they are really going. It's like a Range Rover sport, compared to a Ferrari."
 
Also taking place for the first ever time is a race for ponies bred on Dartmoor with six of all different shapes and sizes racing down the home straight.
 
Charlotte Faulkner of the Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Ponies said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience something completely different and for everyone to se how wonderful the ponies are.”
 
The pony race comes under starters’ orders at 12 noon, closely followed by the Clydesdales at 12.20pm. The first of the seven races for thoroughbreds comes under orders at 1.05pm.
 
The racecourse has linked up with Devon Food and Drink and local food and drink producers will be selling their wares at a Farmers’ Market, Exeter Morris Men will provide traditional entertainment and of course there are seven thrilling races to enjoy.
 
Devon residents are being offered a £5 discount off the normal price of a Grandstand and Paddock ticket if booked in advance (quote RESDEVON). Children aged 17 and under race free.
 
The first of seven races is off at 1.05pm, gates open at 10.30am and there’s a free bus from Exeter St David’s at 11.15am and the Bus and Coach Station 11.30am, returning half an hour after the last race.