The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop

Clare Balding visits Westholme School

Earlier today, we were delighted to welcome Clare Balding to Senior School to talk to Year 3 and Year 4 children (from Westholme and other local primary schools) about her brand new children’s book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. This event was once again in conjunction with our friends at Silverwood Events. Clare read excerpts from her book and presented an interactive slideshow which gave us an insight into the world of horse racing. Clare talked about how she was brought up around horses – her father and brother are both trainers – so she is certainly well qualified to write a book on this topic.

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Having worked at six Olympic games, Clare has been surrounded by determined and successful athletes; something that led to the inspiration for her main character in the book, Charlie. Charlie is a horse mad 10 year old who dreams of having her own pony and when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, she is thrilled. That is until she realises that it won’t gallop. Noble Warrior has what it takes to become a champion but can Charlie prove this? The story is a classic with fun animal stories throughout.

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When Clare’s talk drew to a close, a Q and A session ensued with questions ranging from ‘how long did it take to write the book?’ to ‘when is your birthday?’ Clare really was amazing; her stories of meeting famous Olympians coupled with others about the world of horse racing gave us a real insight into the fast paced lifestyle of this talented tv and radio presenter (and now popular children’s author!).

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After this, Clare happily signed copies of her book for the children in the audience who had purchased them. She even posed for numerous photos (and gave lots of hugs!) before leaving to travel to her next event.

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We would like to thank Silverwood Events for coordinating Clare’s visit with us and to Clare and her publisher Ros, from Penguin Books, for taking the time to visit Westholme School.