THE effort and determination of leisure horse rider Julie Kelshaw to compete in a race at York Racecourse has caught the eye of the team at British Horse Feeds.
Under their Fibre-Beet banner, the North Yorkshire-based business will be supporting Julie in the 2016 MacMillan Charity race which will take place at York Races on Saturday, June 11.
Julie is a good friend of Foulrice Park Racing, based in the same county and also supported by British Horse Feeds. She has been riding out with the team under the watchful guidance of trainer, Patrick Holmes and former top jump jockey, Russ Garritty since last summer and is ready for her exciting racing debut.
A survivor of invasive cancer surgery, Julie is passionate about the charity and the fabulous work they carry out.
Said Julie: “I am delighted to gain support for my entry into the world of racing from British Horse Feeds and the Fibre-Beet brand, it is all very exciting but scary at the same time.”
While Julie has done plenty of leisure riding in the past, she has never seriously contemplated race riding before and wanted to make sure her plan was a viable one. Having got a big thumbs up from Russ with regard to her ability, Julie is now looking forward to completing the race.
Said Patrick Holmes of Foulrice Park Racing: “The courage and commitment which it takes for an amateur rider to participate in an event like this cannot be overstated. We are thrilled to be involved, and to have the support of our yard sponsor British Horse Feeds is fantastic for Julie.”
Riding one of the Foulrice Park horses in the race, Julie will carry the Fibre-Beet branding on her breeches as well as on her top and lapels and the race is set to be broadcast on Channel 4 Racing.
Added Will I’Anson of British Horse Feeds: “We have been working with Foulrice Park Racing for some time now, and we are absolutely delighted to be supporting Julie in the charity race and to help raise funds for MacMillan.”
To help support Julie, you can make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/julie-kelshaw/