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Pembrokeshire jockey named Ffos Las ambassador

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PEMBROKESHIRE jockey Sean Bowen is to become an official ambassador for Ffos Las Racecourse.

Sean, 21, is from Little Newcastle, and has risen up the riding ranks in the last five years and is now one of the top 10 jump jockeys in the country. He comes from a family who have made a big impression on jump racing for many years. His father, Peter, is a leading racehorse trainer, and his younger brother James was last season’s champion conditional jockey and also won the 2017 Coral Welsh Grand National on Raz De Maree. All three were honoured at last year’s Welsh Horse Racing Awards. Sean’s mother, Karen, was a very accomplished point to point rider and his eldest brother Micky successfully trains point to point horses.

Sean started his race riding career in pony racing and at the age of 16 progressed through the point to point circuit before turning conditional for ten times champion trainer Paul Nicholls in the summer of 2014. He went onto be the youngest ever champion conditional jockey when he won the title on the final day of his first season as a professional in 2015. He is currently in seventh place in the Stobart Jump Jockeys Championship for the 2018/19 season and has ridden over 350 winners since taking out his professional licence. Two of Sean’s biggest wins have come in the Bet 365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park, on Just A Par in 2015 trained by Paul Nicholls (on the day he was crowned champion conditional) and then winning it again in 2017 on Henllan Harri, trained by his father. Success also came last year when winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen in July aboard More Bucks, again trained by his father and part-owned by brother Micky. Most recently, Sean won the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) at Haydock on Lisnagar Oscar for Rebecca Curtis, on the same day he won the William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) on Robinsfirth for trainer Colin Tizzard.

As part of his new role, Sean will be writing a weekly blog for the racecourse website and on Ffos Las race days, he will be talking through his rides in the restaurant and hospitality boxes.

There will also be an opportunity for customers to walk the course with him to find out what goes through a jockey’s mind during a race.

Phil Bell, Executive Director of Ffos Las Racecourse, said: “Sean is very much a local boy made good and we are delighted he’s agreed to be our ambassador. He’s already a very successful jockey and has a huge future ahead of him.
“I’m sure our customers will enjoy being able to follow his career more closely and hear from him regularly whether in person or via his weekly blog.”

Sean said: “Ffos Las is a great racecourse and I really enjoy riding there. I am delighted to be part of the team in 2019.
“I hope that my involvement with the racecourse will encourage more people to come and experience what an enjoyable day’s racing can be experienced at Ffos Las.”
All details of Sean’s role will appear on the news pages of www.ffoslasracecourse.com as well as Facebook and Twitter.
The Herald is an Official Raceday Sponsor of the Food and Drink Festival at Ffos Las Racecourse on April 7.

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Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions

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NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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