THE future generation of jockeys were discovered last week at the Pyramids Shopping Centre.

More than 100 children took part in Birkenhead's own Grand National themed event 'Pyramids Paddock' at St Werburghs Square on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13.

The team at Pyramids turned the square into a competition space where young riders took part in equestrian themed games such as relay races, dressage heats and obstacle courses.

Each competitor was awarded with a rosette and chocolate treat for their efforts.

Special jockeys who took the chequered flag also got the chance to stand on the winners podium.

Pyramids Shopping Centre director Derek Millar said: "Pyramids Paddock was a brilliant way for the whole family to kick off the racing season.

"The little ones showed bags of talent, speed, skill and agility in each of the rounds and maybe the event sparked a child's interest in taking up horse riding.

"We might even see them competing professionally one day.

"Everyone had a brilliant time and with each one receiving a memento from the day, there were no long faces in sight.

"It was such a pleasure to host another fun-packed event at Pyramids and thank you to all who came and enjoyed it with us."