Children from St. Joseph's Primary School in Tipperary Town looking at a jockey's jacket and cap during Marie Lou Donnelly's talk on horse racing.
Horse Racing Ireland recently held a ‘Go Racing Kids Club Day’ at Tipperary Racecourse, an initiative aimed at educating school children about racing and showing them what happens behind-the-scenes at a racecourse.
270 fifth and sixth class pupils from ten local schools took part, including St Joseph's Primary School Tipperary Town, Bansha National School, St. John The Baptist National School Cashel, Cullen National School, and New Inn Boys National School. As part of the day the kids spent time walking the track with racecourse manager Andrew Hogan who explained how the team at Tipperary Racecourse prepare the track for its race meetings.
Corkman and champion apprentice jockey Connor King and racehorse trainer Pat Ryan, based in Monard, Co Tipperary, spoke to the children about his day-to-day routine as a jockey, a racehorse trainer and life in racing. Pat Ryan brought along racehorse Mamie Buggles to meet the students.
The pupils also received demonstrations from the Racing Academy and Centre of Education racehorse simulator and took part in racing-themed games, puzzles and quizzes.