Stunning new film showcases the transformation of racehorses to sport horses
To mark the start of the 2017 racing season in Newmarket and the partnership that Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) enjoys with Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, this week sees the official launch of a stunning new film commissioned to showcase the transformation that many former racehorses undergo when they are re-trained for a different equine discipline.
Shot in Newmarket by Equine Productions with a voice over supplied by Clare
Balding, herself a Patron of RoR, the film dramatically captures former racehorses excelling in a new career after racing and promotes RoR’s flagship yard at Palace House.
Among the many attractions at the National Heritage Centre is the chance to see former racehorses up-close in the Rothschild Yard. Alongside visiting household names in the yard are more recently retired racehorses in the process of being retrained for a second career. In the Peter O’Sullevan Arena, the public can watch at first-hand racehorses being retrained as part of daily RoR demonstrations.
Featured in the new film is Her Majesty The Queen’s horse, Quadrille. Formerly trained by Richard Hannon, Quadrille is now competing at international Prix St George level in dressage. He has been retrained by Louise Robson, who is among the well-known names from equestrian sport who have already held RoR clinics at Palace House to educate owners and riders in retraining racehorses.
The show jumping and eventing horse featured is Daredevil Boy, ridden in the
film by Kelly Harrison who re-trained the horse and competed successfully on him. Kelly has since the sold the horse due to her commitments in Qatar where she has been busy working and returning to race riding. Also featured is a polo pony ridden by Byron Human and Indiana Gold, who has enjoyed success in the show ring, ridden by Mairi Wilson.
Photographs taken by and kindly reproduced with permission of Naomi Tucker:
Photo 1 – Louise Robson and Quadrille in the RoR film made for Palace House
Photo 2 – Kelly Harrison and Daredevil Boy in the RoR film made for Palace House