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4th November 2016

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

The 3rd November 2016 will always remain a very special day for everyone involved in the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. It was the day The Queen officially opened the new attraction.

It was clear The Queen thoroughly enjoyed her visit, which lasted an hour in which she was introduced to three of her former racehorses; Princes Trust, Quadrille and Barbers Shop, major donors of the project and members of staff from the Heritage Centre.

Below are the details of her visit:

Her Majesty The Queen arrived at the Vicarage Road entrance of The National 3_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. The avenue was lined by school children from All Saints Primary School.

She was then formally introduced to the following by The Lord Lieutenant

  • The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Mr. William Kendall, DL, and Mrs. Miranda Kendall
  • The Chairman of Suffolk County Council, Mr. Colin Spence and Mrs. Jeanette Spence
  • The Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council, Mrs. Deborah Cadman, OBE, and Mr. Geoff Rivers
  • The Chairman of Forest Heath District Council, Mrs. Carol Lynch
  • The Chief Executive of Forest Heath District Council, Mr. Ian Gallin
  • The Bishop of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich, The Rt. Revd. Martin Seeley, and The Revd. Jutta Brueck
  • The Member of Parliament, The Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, MP, and Mrs. Martha Hancock
  • The Former Lord Lieutenant, The Lord Tollemache, KCVO

The Lord Lieutenant then presented

  • The Chairman of The Home of Horseracing Trust, Mr. Peter Jensen and Mrs. 5_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016Susan Jensen
  • The Chairman of the Appeal Committee (and Trustee of the Home of Horseracing Trust), Mr. George Paul, DL, and Mrs. Maggie Paul
  • The Director of The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Mr. Chris Garibaldi, and Mr. Patrick Murphy.

Peter Jensen and Chris Garibaldi then lead the rest of the tour.   

Rothschild Yard – Flagship Yard for Retraining of Racehorses

The Chairman presented:

  • Chairman, Retraining of Racehorses, Mr. Paul Roy, and Mrs. Susan Roy and Chief Executive, Retraining of Racehorses, Mrs. Di Arbuthnot

Her Majesty was re-introduced the following retired racehorses who have all been successfully retrained in new careers outside racing. In order of appearance:

  • In stable 3 - ‘Princes Trust’ – now known as Philip he is being retrained by Louise Robson to do dressage. Unraced at 2 years old, Prince’s Trust achieved 3 victories at 3 and 4 years old at Newmarket, Yarmouth and Lingfield; his most notable victory was on the all-weather in the Ladbrokes Handicap (Class 2).His third dam is All Along (i.e. the dam – or mother – of Arutua) whose multiple Group One 10_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016victories included the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Like Quadrille, The Queen retains ownership of Prince’s Trust but has placed him in the experienced hands of Louise Robson.
  • Outside stable 4 - ‘Quadrille’ (accompanied with trainer Louise Robson) – he has been retrained by Louise Robson since 2012 and now completes at a high level in Dressage and RoR Dressage classes. Quadrille represents 5 generations of The Queen’s breeding and had a successful racing career – winning on the flat and the all-weather and only being unplaced once from 7 starts. He was denied by a short head from providing The Queen with another Royal Ascot winner in the Hampton Stakes and also narrowly beaten in the European Free Handicap at Newmarket (both being Listed Races). Retained by The Queen but now in the care of Louise Robson, he has proved to be well named by performing Dressage at International level; in Louise’s skilful and experienced hands, Quadrille demonstrates the ex-racehorse’s potential to take on a new role but continue to perform at the highest level.
  • Outside stable 5 - ‘Barbers Shop’ (accompanied by  trainer Katie Jerram)  A great chaser whose wins include a National Hunt flat race, 2 hurdles and 5
    steeplechases including the Blue Square Casino Future Stars Chase (Listed Race) at Sandown. His best run was probably in the 2009 King George VI Chase (Grade One) when he was third to Kauto Star & Madison Du Berlais beating Imperial Commander and Our Vic (amongst others). Moved into the care of Katie Jerram 12_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016by The Queen, he continues to be a star in his “life after racing” and has won many showing titles including the overall title in the Ridden Show Horse Championship at Royal Windsor. He has performed at the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday. Katie has also trained him to be ridden “side saddle”. The Queen was able to give him some carrots (of which he ate the whole basket!). Joe Grimwade, Yard Manager, was in attendance.
  • The Chairman then presented The Queen to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild  by the water fountain.

Assembled on the grass with their spouses were the Suffolk Deputy Lieutenants, and Suffolk’s Mayors and Chairmen from Borough, District and Town Councils, together with museum staff.)

King’s Yard Galleries

Her Majesty was taken into the glass corridoor of the King's Yard Galleries which house some of the National Horseracing Museum collection and shown the following galleries:

  • The Horse Come First - the Veterinary Practice Exhibition. Within this gallery 20_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016
    visitors can interact with the Roberts Collection of veterinary instruments discover their use and modern day
    equivalents. This gallery will also focus upon common injuries seen in racehorses as well as equine illness and disease. These displays will incorporate pathophysiology, diagnostics, treatment approach and relevant scientific research.(Science Curator , Briony Jackson, was in attendance).
  • The ‘Pivotal’ Simulator Gallery. The Queen was presented to Mrs. Patricia
    Thompson, Vice-Patron, major benefactor and Trustee of the National Horseracing Museum, and her son, Mr. Richard Thompson. This gallery houses the famous racing simulator and explains how a jockeys riding style has changed to the “Martini glass” crouch and how the different styles affected the effort required by the galloping horse through weight distribution, rhythm and aerodynamics.  The Queen spent considerable time in here and was seen joking with retired jockeys Hayley Turner and Frank Conlon while Pat Cosgrave rode the simulator. (Curator/Deputy Director, Graham Snelling, was in attendance).
  • The Weatherby’s gallery containing the skeleton of ‘POT80S’ - Within this gallery 29_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016
    will be an archaeological presentation of the discovery, recovery and rebuild of the horse skeleton thought to be Pot8os.
    Explaining how science is being used to determine the identity of the skeleton through DNA analysis and appraisal of the skeletal anatomy alongside what is historically known about Pot8os. The gallery will also cover how science has already helped solved the mystery of the 1880 Epsom Derby winner. (Racing Curator, Alan Grundy, was
    in attendance)

King’s Yard     

  • George Paul presented a group of major benefactors and trustees responsible
    for the success of the project
  • Ros Kerslake – CEO Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Kirsten Rausing – Alborada Education Trust
  • David Oldrey – National Horseracing Museum Trustee & representing The Jockey34_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016 Club
  • Stuart Richmond-Watson - Chairman of
    National Horseracing Museum
  • Christopher Tregonning – National Horseracing Museum Trustee, Treasurer and
    Chairman of the Fundraising Committee
  • Colin Noble – Leader of Suffolk County Council
  • James Waters – Leader of Forest Heath District Council
  • James Swartz – representing Prince Khalid Abdullah

Peter Jensen then made a short speech and invited Her Majesty to open the Centre by unveiling a plaque.

  • Presentation of posy by Darcy Cook (aged 5) – Darcy has been chosen to present
    the posy by All Saints Primary School headmistress Jane Trampnow for the 32_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016following reasons: Darcy and her father were involved in a devastating and life-threatening car accident in July; Darcy was in hospital for many weeks and has
    needed a number of reconstructive surgeries, she is currently undergoing rehabilitation but visits school when she can. Darcy has shown tremendous strength of character and resilience, her progress has been viewed
    as outstanding (a year's progress in two
    months) and many say miraculous. The whole school community has been encouraged and thrilled with her recovery to date.   

Her Majesty was taken into the Palace House Shop and introduced to Commercial
Director Liz Wilkinson who showed her the Newmarket Monopoly which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House                      38_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016

In the Lobby Area on the way to the lift, the Chairman presented:

  • The Patron of the British Sporting Art Trust, Sir Samuel Whitbread, and Lady Whitbread
  • The Chairman of the British Sporting Art Trust, Mr. Tim Cox, and Mrs. Vicky Cox

Her Majesty was then shown around the first floor of the art gallery that once was the home to Charles II:

  • The King’s Bedroom – 17th Century Sporting Art, including the George Stubbs Anatomy of The Horse, Francis Hayman RA (1708-1776) A Cricket Match at Mary-le-bone Fields (on loan from MCC at Lords), a Sporting Screen dating from 1746 on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum and a number of loans from the Tate including a Philip Reinagle Members of the Carrow Hunt (1780). (Assistant Curator, Dr. Cicley Robinson, Picture Conservator, Juliane Ovenden, and a group of British Sporting Art Trustees, were in attendance).
  • The Chairman presented Mrs. Dulce Packard, Major Benefactor 41_queen_national_racehorse_museum_2016and Vice-Patron of the Heritage Centre, and her daughters Miss Antonia Packard and Mrs. Tessa Reid. They are seen here admiring a beautiful Stubbs.
  • The Chairman, the Director, and Mrs. Packard then escorted Her Majesty to view the paintings in the Hall, and the Panelled Room where She viewed paintings including James Seymour (1702-1752) The racehorse Crab son of the Alcock Arabian at Newmarket, George Stubbs, Newmarket Heath with a Rubbing-Down House (c. 1765) and   Abraham Cooper (1787-1868) The Day Family 1838.