The public has been given a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes of racehorse trainer yards across the country, as part of an initiative by Horse Racing Ireland.

The stable doors were open, giving people a chance to meet their favourite horses and jockeys while also getting an insight into a trainers yard in action.

The trainers that took part included big names like Henry De Bromhead, Tracey Collins, Gordon Elliott and Joseph O’Brien.

As part of the experience, racing fans were given a tour of their chosen yard and facilities, they watched the racehorses on the gallop and had the opportunity to meet the skilled team that looks after the horses 365 days a year.

Cullentra House in Longwood in Co Meath is owned by Gordon Elliott, one of Ireland's most successful racehorse trainers.

He was just 29 when his first Grand National Entry, Silver Birch, won the Grand National in 2007, making him the youngest ever trainer to win the world's most prestigious steeplechase.

His most successful horse, Tiger Roll, secured back-to-back victories at Aintree, in 2018 and 2019, the first horse since Red Rum to do so. He also won the Irish Grand National last year.

Before that historic success, he also won the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup with Don Cossack.

Jockey Keith Donoghue credits Tiger Roll with the revival of his career.

Regularly described by Gordon Elliott as "Keith's ride", the horse provided Donoghue with a much needed win last year, landing the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham on Tiger Roll.

The life of a jockey is not easy. Exhausting hours, constantly watching weight and the risks of injury are just some of the challenges of life on the track.

Wexford Jockey Jamie Codd takes it all in his stride, explaining what day to day life is like:

Almost 3,000 people attended events across the country. Horse Racing Ireland's Amber Byrne, owner development manager at Horse Racing Ireland, has been thrilled with the interest in the new initiative.

"The National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning initiative not only provides an opportunity for racing fans and potential racehorse owners to gain access to training yards across the country, but also to see what is involved in racehorse training and ownership" she said.