The Prince’s Countryside Fund celebrates HRH The Prince of Wales’s Birthday at Ascot Raceday

November 29, 2018

On Friday 23rd November, racegoers enjoyed the fourth renewal of The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot, attended by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Celebrating his recent 70th birthday, HRH met supporters, ambassadors and beneficiaries of his Countryside Fund throughout the day. As part of the celebrations, HRH unveiled a magnificent bronze horse statue by Nic Fiddian-Green in the Pre-Parade Ring entitled, ‘Into the Wind’, as well as cutting a beautifully detailed celebration cake kindly made by Fiona Cairns.

Initial estimates suggest that over the last four years more than £1.3m will have been raised for the Fund, making the Ascot event the biggest fundraiser in The Prince’s Countryside Fund calendar. The monies will go towards their practical work in securing a brighter future for farms and rural communities across the UK.

The event saw a full day of jumps racing and featured The Prince’s Countryside Fund Charity Race, an opportunity for amateur jockeys to take on the challenge of riding on the Ascot turf.

Rosie Margarson won The Prince’s Countryside Fund Charity Race, riding Caribbean Spring, trained by her father George Margarson. Caribbean Spring ran well from start to finish, and Samantha Hills, riding Strategic Heights, closing behind her in second. The race was run over seven furlongs of the National Hunt Course, with the hurdles removed.

HRH The Prince of Wales awarded Rosie with her prize. Rosie holds an amateur jockey license and has previously ridden in two races under rules but this was her first time riding at Ascot in a charity race.

Rosie Margarson said; “I am absolutely over the moon to have ridden my first winner in The Prince’s Countryside Fund Charity Race, especially for my dad. My horse Caribbean Spring is simply amazing and I ride him everyday at home so to win at Ascot Racecourse is unbelievable”. Between them, the eleven riders have raised in excess of £30,000 to date.

Lord Curry of Kirkharle, Chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said:

“Friday’s event was immensely successful. Not only did we raise a fantastic amount for the charity, but we also had the opportunity to share with racegoers and the wider racing community the valuable work we are doing to help secure a sustainable future for British farming and the countryside. We are incredibly grateful to the sponsors and visitors who supported the event and the team at Ascot for putting on such a memorable day.”

Juliet Slot, Chief Commercial Officer at Ascot Racecourse, added:

“We are proud to support this invaluable charity, which was set up in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help secure a brighter future for those in need in rural Britain. In its short history, the Fund has provided some £9 million to 225 projects, helping rural communities across the UK.”

Thanks go to race sponsors Waitrose & Partners, Coutts, Davidstow, The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, Tindle Newspapers, M&S Food, and The Royal Ascot Racing Club for helping to make the day such a huge success once again.