Newmarket was first popularised by James I who established a hunting lodge there in 1605 which became a favourite haunt of his and the Royal Court. The first recorded race on heath was between Lord Salisbury and the Marquis of Buckingham in 1622. The racecourse was officially opened in 1636.
The headquarters of British horseracing and home to the largest cluster of training yards and studs in the country as well as many historic horse racing organisations including Palace House, Tattersalls, The National Stud and British Racing School.
Newmarket has two racecourses – the Rowley Mile Course and the July Course. The Rowley Mile hosts Spring and Autumn racing including the first of the Classic meetings the 2000 and 1000 Guineas and the historic Cambridgeshire, while the picturesque July Course hosts Summer meetings including the July Festival , a popular event of the social season.
Equestrian Art first started exhibiting at Newmarket on the completion of the Millennium Grandstand in 2003 and has exhibited there every year since. On the Rowley Mile course (Spring and Autumn) our exhibition is sited on various floors of the Millennium Grandstand. On the July course we are exhibiting in our own marquee in the Premier Members enclosure near the bottom of the steps to the Stravinski Restaurant. We will also be exhibiting in the Summerhouse Restaurant for the duration of the July Course season.