Olivia, 11, covers herself in glory at Redcar Races HORSE-MAD school

HORSE-MAD schoolgirl Olivia Renshaw has earned her family a special Easter treat thanks to her artistic skills.

Olivia, 11, of Middlesbrough, is the winner of Redcar Racecourse’s competition to design the front cover of the racecard for the Easter Monday meeting on April 17.

The prize means one of the races at Redcar on Easter Monday will be named in Olivia’s honour and she’ll present the trophy to the winner as part of a VIP package which also includes a three-course meal with her family.

Olivia, who attends Acklam Whin Primary School in Middlesbrough, loves horses and volunteers every Saturday at Stainsby Grange stables at Thornaby. She wants to be an Olympic show-jumping star when she grows up.

She said: “I can’t believe I’ve won the competition. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait to come to the races with my family and see my very own race.”

She’ll be joined by her mum Claire Kane, sister Sophie, 14, and her grandma and grandad Glynis and Albert Dyas.

Claire said: “Olivia had the chance to take any of her friends but she especially wanted to take her grandad because he hasn’t been very well. We all can’t wait.”

Redcar’s Easter Monday meeting promises to be a fun-packed family day out, with appearances by the Easter Bunny, Alice In Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter. There’s also an Easter bonnet parade, a treasure hunt and free mini-eggs for early arrivals subject to availability.

There are seven scheduled races, due to start at 2.35pm, but the first race could be brought forward to 2.05m, depending on the number of runners declared on Saturday morning.

Adult tickets for the course enclosure are £6 with children 17 and under admitted free.

General manager Amy Fair said: “It’s a great value day out for families who want to do something a little different on Easter Monday. Bring a picnic and join in the fun.”

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