The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse

22nd July 2016

The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse – the final phase of construction at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket.

The Home of Horseracing Trust which is responsible for raising the funds to build the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket is delighted to announce that the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust is generously supporting the centre’s new Arena. This outdoor Arena will be a hub of activity every day, with at least two displays from former racehorses that will be stabled on site. The Arena will allow Retraining of Racehorses Charity to give visitors an insight into the process of retraining a racehorse and showcase the skills they can go on to develop once their racing days are over.

The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse is the final part of palace-house-arenathe National Heritage Centre to be constructed. It will be 70m x 35m in dimension, and provide beautifully landscaped viewing for the public. It is being built by Andrews Bowen, known around the world for their equestrian centres. Construction of the new arena will start in the next couple of weeks.

In addition to the daily demonstrations, throughout the year there will be a number of events held in the Arena which will add to the attractions already at the Heritage Centre. These events will honour the memory of Sir Peter, highlighting his extraordinary career and all that he did for the racing industry.

Sir Peter was one of racing’s greatest ambassadors, and was always at the forefront of increasing horse welfare in racing. He was a huge supporter of the plans for the Heritage Centre as it combined three of his life passions, horseracing, sporting art and the welfare of the thoroughbred horse.

Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum said:

We could not be prouder that the Charitable Trust  is supporting this aspect of the project and that our Arena will now bear the name of Sir Peter in perpetuity as a permanent memorial to one of the outstanding figures of horseracing in the 20th century. His love of the sport combined with his long-standing support for the welfare of its participants, both human and equine, stand out as examples of the very best in horseracing and to have his memory kept alive at the very heart of the sport’s historic home is deeply satisfying.”