About Us

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who 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.

Clearly not all racehorses go on to star in a different sphere, but RoR hopes that, on seeing what can be done, more riders will think about taking on a racehorse when they are looking for a new horse. This will help racehorse owners and trainers, equine charities, retrainers and, most importantly, the horses to find secure and knowledgeable new homes.

Launched by the British Horseracing Board (now the British Horseracing Authority) in April 2000, RoR was awarded charitable status in Autumn 2000.

Leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori were appointed as RoR Ambassadors in April 2015. The two jockeys have first hand experience of rehoming former racehorses in that both have provided homes to horses that played a pivotal role in their respective careers.

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RoR Ambassador, Frankie Dettori with Fujiyama Crest

RoR Ambassador, Richard Johnson with Looks Like Trouble

RoR Ambassador, Richard Johnson with Looks Like Trouble








RoR Patron Clare Balding OBE

RoR Patron Clare Balding OBE


RoR has seven Trustees, of which four are appointed by the principal contributors to the fund. Two, which includes the Chairman, are appointed by the British Horseracing Authority, and there is one independent Trustee.

Sir Anthony McCoy OBE became a patron of RoR in 2016 joining popular TV presenter Clare Balding OBE who has been a patron since 2014.




The RoR Trustee Board is responsible for the good governance of the charity.

The Board aims to promote high standards of governance throughout RoR ensuring that the charity is run in a way that is accountable, legal, responsible and effective and is aligned with the principles of the new Charity Governance Code.

The Board also sets the long term direction of the charity in accordance with the objectives set out in the charity’s governing document and ensures that its policies and activities meet those objectives.


Paul Roy BEM Chairman
Andrew Merriam British Horseracing Authority
Lady Emma Balding National Trainers Federation
Yvette Dixon Racehorse Owners Association
Dr David Hunter Racecourse Association
Nicholas Jones
Thoroughbred Breeders Association