Ashley takes up reins at Kelso

Ashley Hogg from Roxburgh, is picking up the reins as Marketing and PR Manager at Kelso Races
Ashley Hogg from Roxburgh, is picking up the reins as Marketing and PR Manager at Kelso Races

Britain’s friendliest racecourse has welcomed a new face to spread the word about what’s happening at Kelso.

Ashley Hogg from Roxburgh, is picking up the reins as Marketing and PR Manager at Kelso Races, which was voted 2012’s best small course in Scotland and the North of England.

Born and brought up near Castle Douglas Ashley is a keen rider, and competes, when she has time. After graduating from Edinburgh University she spent more than three years raising the profile of Scottish agricultural charity, the RSABI. In her spare time she also helps to run husband Simon’s family farm – Kersmains and her own small livery yard.

Kelso Racecourse concentrates on the exciting National Hunt discipline, staging jump racing meetings from October to May, including the Scottish Borders National in December. The course has been hosting races since 1822 and still boasts the beautiful grandstand building erected in the same year, and today an Historic Scotland Category A listed building.

In addition to race days offering dining and hospitality, Kelso is also a popular venue for corporate and private parties and events.

The opening meeting of the new season takes place on Sunday October 6, raising the curtain on a packed programme of race days running through until May. Speaking in advance of the first meeting of the new season as to what her role will entail Ashley said: “Racing is big business and is Britain’s second largest sport in terms of crowd numbers, after football. So my main aim is to put Kelso Racecourse on the map by attracting more race-goers. This will have a positive impact for both the racecourse and the local area’s economy.”

“Kelso Racecourse is a fabulous facility, so, I want people who have never come to the races before to realise what a warm and friendly welcome they will get at Kelso, and to utilise it also as a venue for weddings, banquets, dinners and conferences.”