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Middleham is renowned for its magnificent Castle the home of King Richard III, also referred to as Windsor of the North.

In more recent years Middleham has become the home for horseracing from the North.

The first documented reference to racehorses in Middleham was the establishment of Isaac Cape as a jockey in 1733 he eventually became the first specialist racehorse trainer in the area. Since then many famous racehorses have been trained here both on the flat and over jumps these have included Derby winners Pretender 1869 and Dante 1945 and Grand National winners Sheila's Cottage 1948, Teal 1952 and Merryman II 1960 trained by the late Neville Crump from Warwick House Stables.

In more recent times Middleham is famed as a leading training centre in the UK.

Middleham is home to around 13 Race horse trainers, 16 yards and over 1,000 racehorses.

The centre has grown considerably over the past 10 years and now hosts three all weather gallops, numerous grass gallops aswell as an impressive schooling ground, enabling horses to be taught to jump.


It is therefore not surprising that some of the country's top flat and jumps trainers have decided to set up training in this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales.

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