History of Retraining of Racehorses

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. It is one of the most prominent British equine charities.

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Primarily self-funded through the racing industry, RoR aims to achieve a balance between the number of horses leaving racing and the number of suitable homes.

Whilst most horses successfully find new homes, RoR also supports vulnerable racehorses cared for by equine charities across the country and works with other charitable bodies to encourage the use of former racehorses in therapy programmes.

To achieve the charity’s aims RoR:

  • Promotes the adaptability, intelligence and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • Runs a well-established programme of sponsored competitions in various equestrian disciplines for former racehorses, and the RoR Regional Coordinators organise educational events across Great Britain
  • Provides a safety net and emergency care for vulnerable former racehorses, and encourages the use of former racehorses in therapy programmes for both the equine and human good
  • Educates the racing industry on the options for racehorses on retirement, and shows the general public that racing cares
  • Raises funds for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
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The charity was founded in 2000, following consultation with the racing industry in the late 1990s and acceptance that it had a responsibility towards the life of racehorses after their racing careers are over. Initially called Rehabilitation of Racehorses, in 2003 the charity changed its name to Retraining of Racehorses, believing that this more accurately reflects its activities.

With the receipt in 2002 of a generous bequest from the estate of Paul Mellon and a large donation from Sheikh Mohammed following the sale of the Racing Post in 2007, RoR has been able to consider a range of different initiatives. 

Through the work of the RoR it is hoped that more people will consider purchasing a former racehorse when they are looking for a new horse.

To find out more about the work of RoR , see former racehorses enjoying a life after racing or to donate to the charity visit www.ror.org.uk

To source a former racehorse visit http://www.ror.org.uk/rehoming-sourcing/


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