A Much Overlooked Aspect Of Horseracing

| July 2, 2018 | Reply

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Once the race is run

I’m sure, like me, you get a huge amount of enjoyment and, hopefully, profit following the racing throughout the year.

The horses are well trained, well cared for and honed to produce their best form at the right time.

Trainers, owners, stable staff, racecourse staff, vets and stewards are all on hand to ensure our racing friends are treated like royalty…

But have you ever considered what happens once a horse’s racing career is over?

Every year thousands of horses leave the racing industry, whether that be through injury, retirement, sale or lack of ability – some have not even made it into training!

As recently as 2000 there was nothing in place to ensure that all horses leaving the racing industry were found suitable homes or future careers. Unfortunately, ex-racehorses are not suitable for everyone to take on, as their racing training means they will be used to a certain environment, training regime and expectation of them.

As an owner myself, finding suitable homes and future careers for retired racehorses is of paramount importance.

Thankfully, in 2000 the racing industry came together to form the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)…

Contributions come from all areas of racing – owners, trainers, breeders, bloodstock agents, BHA, racecourses, jockeys and racehorse transporters. Some of these contributions are voluntary and some are under a BHA order or agreement. There are also regular donations from the Horseracing Levy Board, Weatherbys and the bookmakers.

The importance of the work done by the RoR for all racing enthusiasts is underlined by the contributions it receives from wealthy owners…

Early on in its existence the RoR received a £3.5 million bequest from Paul Mellon (owner of Derby winner Mill Reef, among others).

More recently, Sheikh Mohammed insisted that £2.5 million from the sale of the Racing Post by Trinity Mirror be donated to the RoR in payment for licence to continue to use the Racing Post trademark.

These are exceptional one-off amounts, but the RoR receives regular smaller donations and bequests from wills.

Along with the income from donations, the RoR also generates income from registration of new members wishing to take part in the RoR Series of competitions.

We’ll come back to the competitions in a minute. More importantly, the RoR is an exceptional source of information and guidance for anyone considering taking an ex-racehorse to rehome and retrain.

Furthermore, while the work of the RoR has highlighted the potential and versatility of ex-racehorses to enter new careers, it retains a welfare arm which is there to provide a safety net for vulnerable and unwanted former racehorses.

The RoR supports three centres which have a track record of handling ex-racehorses. These are the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre and HEROS.

Amongst the range of initiatives the RoR runs to help ex-racehorse move on to new homes and second careers, the biggest success has probably been the RoR Series of competitions…

Covering showing, eventing, dressage, show jumping and polo, these competitions are open only to RoR registered ex-racehorses and take place across the UK, often appearing at the major county shows, and culminating in finals at The Horse of the Year Show for some of the categories.

This has itself created a demand for ex-racehorses from those competing in these competitions and offers a great route out of racing for many horses.

I’m off racing at my local track, Lingfield Park, this evening which features a parade of ex-racehorses who have entered new careers through the work of the RoR. Among them will be Soviet Suspect who never beat a single horse in his three starts but is now enjoying a successful second career as a showjumper.

While we all enjoy the racing I hope that this article will have given you some insight into the work that still needs to carry on once a horse leaves the track. If you want to find out more, or make a donation to this wonderful cause, then head over to https://www.ror.org.uk/

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