Twelve riders will compete in The Prince’s Countryside Fund Charity Race on Friday 23rd November 2018 at Ascot Racecourse. The race day raises money for the Fund, which in turn supports British Farmers and the countryside.
British fashion model Rosie Tapner is preparing to ride at Ascot Racecourse for the first time alongside studying at Oxford Brookes University. Rosie made her debut on a racecourse earlier this year in the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood and is hoping to build on this experience at Ascot.
Samantha Hills, daughter of Derby-winning jockey Michael Hills will be hoping her training at the British Racing school with her father will help to secure her success at Ascot. Samantha is preparing for the race alongside her role as senior client manager at Racing Breaks.
Seasoned charity race rider Maurice McCarthy will be taking part in his 37th charity race and has previously ridden at Ascot four times. McCarthy has raised over £130,000 for numerous charities, and this will be his second time raising money for The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
All of the riders bar Nick Collins and Kiah Adams have ridden in charity races previously. Those with considerable experience in charity races include Camilla Swift, supplements editor for the Spectator, Emily Baxendale, founder and creative director at Emily-London milliners and Patrick Chesters, Head of Gaming at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee. They have all ridden in more than three charity races at other racecourses but this will be their first time to ride at Ascot.
Rosie Tapner said: “I am so excited and thrilled to be taking part in The Prince’s Countryside Fund charity race at Ascot. It’s an incredible opportunity to not only ride at one of the most amazing racecourses but also to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. I couldn’t be more excited for the day and I want to thank Ascot and The Prince’s Countryside Fund for letting me be part of such a special event.”
The Prince's Countryside Fund was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside. Each year the fund provides more than £1.1 million in grants to projects across the UK, as well as coordinating initiatives such as The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.