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There was much excitement at Trent College and The Elms at the end of June as presenter, broadcaster and writer, Clare Balding, visited the schools.
The award-winning frontwoman, who is currently presenting the BBC’s Today at Wimbledon coverage, hosted an author talk for almost 500 children from Trent and The Elms as well as invited children from eight local schools.
Clare discussed and read extracts from and signed copies of her children's book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop, as she inspired the schoolchildren to enjoy reading whilst also talking about her own life as an author and broadcaster.
More than 180 people later attended An Evening with Clare Balding, hosted in Trent College’s Obolensky Dining Hall, with proceeds going to her chosen charity, the Brixton-based Ebony Horse Club, which uses horses to raise the aspirations, life skills, education and wellbeing of young riders in London.
Clare won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. She has worked on six Olympics, five Paralympics and four Winter Olympics, and has presented racing for the BBC and Channel 4.
Her best-selling, My Animals and Other Family, won biography of the year at the 2012 National Book Awards. The Racehorse Who Disappeared, the sequel to The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop, will be published by Puffin on 21 September.