The Lambourn Open Day was started in the current format in 1990. However, it had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour on two previous occasions and so we celebrate our Silver Anniversary this year.
It is amazing to think how it has grown from relatively small beginnings. For the first few years the afternoon events took place on Mandown. At lunchtime there was a mass and congested exodus from the car parks in Lambourn to the gallops for tradestands and a few minor events. On what seemed to be most occasions, ground conditions were very dry (how we wish it was more like that this year!) and dust clouds made for very poor visibility at the wheel and filthy cars. Trainers in 1990 included Fulke and Peter Walwyn, Kim Bailey, Charlie Brooks, Mick Channon and Nick Gaselee, whilst Nicky Henderson was at Windsor House. The committee is much bigger these days but the stalwarts of Nicky Henderson, Oliver Sherwood and Sandra Nolan still remain along with me; we have all threatened to retire but never seem to! Our President still is, of course, Mr Lambourn, Peter Walwyn M.B.E.
Over the years the Day has raised something in the region of a million pounds. The majority of the money has gone into housing for stable staff but many other projects have been paid for from the profits. Lambourn’s school has received donations every year and, besides in recent years giving a decent sum to the local Air Ambulance, we have helped many other local causes.
The format this year is as last year with lots of fun to be had for all ages and prices remain unchanged. The highlight is the return of the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry but with a twist. The Mounted Regiment is commanded by “one of us” – Lt Colonel James Gaselee, Nick and Judy’s son. A proud occasion.
Do please support us because together we can do so much to improve Lambourn. Thank you very much.