This afternoon, we were delighted to welcome Clare Balding back to school to talk about her new children’s book, The Racehorse who Learned to Dance.
This was the third book in the Racehorse series and Clare’s visit was in conjunction with our friends at Silverwood Events. Over 400 pupils from other visiting schools also attended.
Clare was greeted by a packed theatre of excited children and class teachers. It was wonderful to hear her talk passionately about her love of horses – her father and brother are both trainers – so she was definitely qualified to write books about this subject! Following on from her last visit three years ago when Clare first introduced us to the world of Charlie, the main character in the books, and her racehorse, Noble Warrior, we were excited to learn more about the adventures the famous duo had been on.
Clare engaged with the audience throughout her talk, asking the children questions about their own pets, their best friends and also offered advice about the importance of working as a team, examples of which feature in the book. After Clare’s talk, she eagerly answered lots of questions from the children, including what was her favourite animal, how old was she when she wrote her first book and had she ever had any riding injuries!
At the end of the talk, all the children were able to have their photos taken with Clare and many left with signed copies of her books. Clare also took time to sign our ever growing Visitors Book and even squeezed in a brief interview with Caroline Whitmore from Granada Tonight!
We would like to say thank you to Clare and her publicist for coming to Westholme again and to Elaine and Jake from Silverwood for arranging this event with us.