Christmas came early at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday, for Women in Racing (WIR) member and equestrian artist Elizabeth Armstrong, who was presented with a cheque for £2,000. Elizabeth was benefitting from the WIR bursary, which awards funds to help with professional development to members who make successful applications.
Elizabeth will put the money towards securing space to hold an exhibition of her new work at a gallery in St James, London. The exhibition will help Elizabeth expose her art to a new audience including horse lovers, art connoisseurs and overseas investors. Elizabeth works with mixed media to reflect the feeling and movement of horses and has her work displayed at Cheltenham, Royal Ascot and Royal Windsor racecourses, as well as at the Dubai World Cup and has previously collaborated with the Injured Jockeys Fund.
"I am really grateful to the WIR bursary. This sum of money will enable me to secure gallery space in London to exhibit my work, and hold an exhibition in 2019 to complement the existing collections. I would not have been able to achieve this without the bursary and it will play an essential part in helping me develop my commercial art collection".
Furthermore, over 30 members and guests attended the WIR Christmas celebration at Cheltenham. The group were welcomed by recently-appointed non-executive racecourse committee director at Cheltenham Racecourse - Alice Plunkett. Alice provided a fascinating insight into her numerous roles as a racecourse committee director, presenter on Channel 4 Racing and ITV Racing from 2017, as well as juggling being a mother of four children and husband to four times world number one event rider – William Fox-Pitt.
Julie Deadman, Chair of Women in Racing said;
"We were delighted to welcome so many new and familiar faces to Cheltenham. We are grateful to both them and Cheltenham Racecourse in supporting our efforts to develop networks within horseracing and in turn encouraging development of talent in the sport. Our special thanks also go to Alice Plunkett, she is a great role model, who has a very broad and successful career and is excellent example of what can be achieved within horseracing”.