Joe Grimwade appointed RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager at Palace House, Newmarket.
Palace House, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, and the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) are pleased to announce that Joe Grimwade, formerly Stud Manager of the Royal Studs, has been appointed to the new role of RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager. The position will have a key part to play at Palace House, as the National Heritage Centre, which opens in Newmarket this autumn, will provide visitors with the opportunity to interact with former racehorses and showcase the work of RoR, demonstrating how thoroughbreds go on to excel a in range of disciplines after racing.
The role of RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager will include:
- Educating the general public on the adaptability of former racehorses
- Planning and executing a range of daily demonstrations
- Planning and co-ordinating clinics and talks to enable visitors to see at first-hand what is involved in retraining a former racehorse
- To showcase benefits of RoR’s involvement in supporting former racehorses and their owners
Joe Grimwade will take up his role in July to ensure all the horses and facilities are ready for the opening of the National Heritage Centre this autumn.
Up to eight former racehorses will be stabled in the Rothschild Yard, which has been restored to its former glory having been derelict for over 20 years. Visitors will be able to watch the horses being exercised and undergoing the retraining that helps provide former racehorses with fulfilling and successful careers after racing. At times during the year there will also be a selection of racing equine heroes visiting the National Heritage Centre for the public to meet. It will give visitors the opportunity to see thoroughbred horses at close quarters in Newmarket – an experience which has never been guaranteed before.
Joe Grimwade has a wealth of experience having worked in the bloodstock industry for nearly 40 years. While most recently working at Whitsbury Manor Stud as Broodmare Manager, he was previously Stud Manager of the Royal Studs in Sandringham for 15 years where he was responsible for over 100 of HM The Queen’s bloodstock. In 2006 Joe was awarded the LVO by Her Majesty for his services as Stud Manager. He has exceptional communication skills and experience of managing tours from his time spent at the National Stud in Newmarket. He has also been a Trustee of RoR so has a thorough understanding of the charity and what it is trying to achieve.
Joe Grimwade said:
I am delighted with my appointment as RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager. The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is such an exciting development for the racing industry and Newmarket – it is fantastic to have the opportunity to be involved. RoR is a brilliant charity and the Rothschild Yard will allow us to showcase its aims and achievements to a wide audience.
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum said:
We are very pleased that Joe Grimwade has accepted the role as RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager. His wealth of experience with thoroughbred’s, and public relations is outstanding. We are confident he will make the Rothschild Yard in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting art a must stop place for all visitors to Newmarket.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), said:
Giving the public the opportunity to interact with and see former racehorses adapting to a new life after racing will, I hope, provide one of the highlights for visitors to the National Heritage Centre. We are delighted that Joe has been appointed to this important role. Not only is he a former RoR trustee, but his career in racing and bloodstock together with his communication skills made him the outstanding candidate.
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About The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art
The National Horseracing Museum is currently involved in a major capital project which will see it move to the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art on the Palace House site in Newmarket. The centre will open in the Autumn of 2016 and will comprise a new National Horseracing Museum which will be housed in the old trainers house (once occupied by the youngest Grand National winning jockey Bruce Hobbs), The Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art: a national gallery of Sporting Art in a sporting palace and a live horse experience in the Rothschild Yard, which will be occupied by retrained and retired racehorses to act as a flagship home for the Retraining of Racehorses Charity.
Retraining of Racehorses is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The charity:
- raises funds from within the Racing Industry for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
- provides a safety net for ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses
- promotes the adaptability and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
- runs and funds a well-established programme of competitions and educational events across the country
- provides information for owners and trainers in both the Racing and Equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of their former racehorses
The ultimate goal is to maintain a balance between the number of horses leaving Racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes. For more information visit RoR’s website: www.ror.org.uk