Open Day Hailed a Winner by Locals and The Press
Posted on 18th September 2014
The David Dennis Racing open day took which took place on Sunday at Tyre Hill Stables, was hailed a success, thanks to weeks of hard work by David and Kate Dennis, their stable hands, grooms, groundspeople, caterers and suppliers who pulled out all the stops to make sure the day went without a hitch. Around 750 people attended the day, which ran from 10am-3pm and featured a tour of the gallops, trailer and tractor rides, free pork bap lunch with cake, as well as a bouncy castle to entertain the children. It was so successful that many attendees were calling for it to be made into an annual event!
The day started even before the advertised time of 10am with guests chomping at the bit with anticipation to take a look at the renovated stable yard for the first time.
All the local people were invited via leaflet drops and invites in local press as well as key contacts in the world of National Hunt racing from David’s 10 years as a jockey.
David summed up the day;
“It was a great day, as it was the culmination of months of hard work getting the yard up to par and pulling together to make it an enjoyable day for everyone and to showcase our work in the best way we could. We were delighted with the weather especially with so many people turning out to support us. We’ve also had some strong interest in a number of our horses which for me is the ultimate measure that the day was a success.”
Fran Evans, PR specialist at Superdream which handles David’s publicity added; “Many people from the surrounding towns and villages of Ledbury, Leigh Sinton and Upton turned up because they had read or heard about the event and had their interest piqued by all the signage and the flurry of activity which has been going on for several months. The many people that I spoke to were really positive about David and Kate’s generosity, their attention to detail, the relaxed feel of the day, but above all, the star attractions were undeniably the horses.”
Some visitors from the nearby town of Ledbury commented; “It’s a privilege to be this close to them and be able to walk around in the presence of these amazing animals… They have such grace, beauty and spirit.” Others said; “It’s a joy to see the horses in action, swimming in the pool and parading the yard, proudly tossing their manes.”
Rosemary Manns and Petter Brimmell from Leigh Sinton were just a couple of the many visitors to the event who said that David had done a “brilliant job” and would like to see it made into a regular event. Rosemary’s father was the head cowman who lived in the lodge on the estate when it was a farm and she said it was interesting to see how it had been developed and also happy to see that it was obviously a thriving venture that was moving on but still including the local community. When asked whether the event would take place next year and be even bigger, David replied; “Who knows, we have plans to double the size of the yard if permission is granted, so watch this space!”
David Dennis Racing is also proud to announce that the event raised £1068.18 for St Richards Hospice Worcester.