Arcadia’s new look and corporate colours will be gracing the Scottish Grand National Festival on 21 April 2014. The company is sponsoring a steeple-chase race for novices in memory of senior partner Andrew Hughes-Hallett’s mother Mary who died last year.
Also honoured in the name of the race is the legendary horse Vulmidas and his owner William Dickie, Andrew’s great uncle. Vulmidas was a prodigious winner on the flat and over jumps in 1960s, and was trained locally at Ayr by Jimmy Barclay.
When William died, he left a bequest to run a novice race in his horse’s name at the racecourse and the Vulmidas Trophy was awarded every year until the 1990s when the bequest ran out. Andrew decided to renew the sponsorship when a simple enquiry about the location of the trophy drew him into the Vulmidas legend.
“By the time Ayr had located the trophy, I was totally hooked,” says Hughes-Hallett. “It also struck a chord since Arcadia specialises in helping organisations and individuals achieve the highest possible performance. Vulmidas was a great example of peak performance.”
The horse, known as the ‘wee fellow’ at his stables, built his legendary reputation by winning races the length of the country, from Ayr to Newton Abbot. He racked up 34 victories during his career and won six races in nearly as many days in 1965/66 season and eight consecutive races the following year.
The Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices Steeple Chase will feature in Channel 4’s coverage of the meet.