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Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive
T: 01488 648998
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FAQ's

Why should I own an ex-racehorse?

 

How do I get an ex-race-horse?

Can you help me look after and educate my ex-racehorse?

Can you give me some advice on showing my ex-racehorse?

Why, how and when do I register my ex-racehorse with RoR?

General FAQ

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1.  WHY SHOULD I OWN AN EX-RACEHORSE?


Whether you enjoy competing or simply hacking around the countryside there are lots of success stories to illustrate that former racehorses can adapt to, and excel in, the equine sports in which you participate.

 

Whilst every horse is different and some will be more suitable to certain equine pursuits than others, in general thoroughbreds have even temperaments and are athletic, intelligent and durable. These qualities together with the constant handling they experience during their racing career means that with the right retraining, facilities and on-going care you will find having a former racehorse extremely rewarding.

 

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HOW DO I GET AN EX-RACEHORSE?

 

2.  Where do I go if I am interested in having an ex-racehorse?

 

There are several options open to purchasers looking to buy or loan a thoroughbred.

 

a) Retrainers/RoR Consultant

 

Some owners and trainers send their horses to a racehorse retrainer to rest and spend time away from the racing environment.  These retrainers evaluate each horse and then school them to sell or loan to follow other equine disciplines.  This could be to go as a hack, companion, polo pony, eventer, show jumper, dressage horse, show horse or for any other sport horse discipline.

 

This is a good option for someone inexperienced with a thoroughbred as the horse has been assessed and given time away from racing.  In most cases these yards have facilities where the horse can be ridden to see if it is suitable for your needs and the retrainers provide good ‘after sale’ assistance.

 

b) Loaning from the four charitable retraining centres supported by RoR

 

RoR supports four charitable retraining centres which act as racing’s safety net for horses that require charitable intervention.  These horses are accepted into the centres because of unfortunate circumstances or their owners want them to have ‘care for life’ which the centres provide by loaning them out on a permanent basis.

 

Contact the charitable retraining centres directly to apply to loan a horse from them.  Click here for more details on each centre.

 

c) Visit www.sourceanexracehorse.co.uk

 

RoR Training Consultants Fred and Rowena Cook have set up a website dedicated to the ex-racehorse. Whether you have a horse to sell, loan or re-home, or are looking for a horse to home, then this site will help you.  Please visit www.sourceanexracehorse.co.uk for further information.

 

d)  Bloodstock Sales

 

There are regular Horses In Training Sales held around the country of which Brightwells (Ascot), Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (Doncaster) and Tattersalls (Newmarket) have a history of being successful at selling on horses to other disciplines. Many are sold on to continue racing or to go into the breeding sector.  Some are exported or bought by purchasers from other parts of the equine sport world.

 

Before going to these sales, you need to be sure for what purpose you are looking to buy a horse and to have a price in mind that you are willing to pay.  Contact the sales company and ask to be sent a catalogue and Buyers Guide.  Read the Guide and sales company’s conditions carefully, they will tell you how as a purchaser you are protected.  Check if there is commission charged on the purchase and whether it is subject to VAT.

 

Take particular notice if the horse you are interested in is subject to a veterinary examination or if it is being sold as it stands. Does the horse have any vices, does it windsuck, weave or crib bite? Remember some livery yards do not accept horses with vices.  It is possible to find out something about the horse you are interested in before the sale by talking to the horse’s trainer or owner.  Most are very willing to tell you something about their horse and contacts can be obtained from the sales company.

 

View the Equine Directory for contact details of the sales companies. 

 

e) Direct from a racing yard or livery yard

 

If you are not experienced with thoroughbreds this is not the best course of action and this should be left to professional performance riders. If you have bought or acquired a horse directly from a racing yard or a rest yard, it is important to remember that the horse has been well fed, exercised regularly and has been used to a routine.

 

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3. What should I consider before purchasing an ex-racehorse?

 

It’s important that as well as assessing your future horse you also make an objective assessment of yourself, not only your ability with horses but the time and money you have available. If you want a horse that could live out 24 hours a day and it would make no difference if he wasn’t exercised from one week to the next, then a thoroughbred may not be for you. Owning any horse requires a reasonable budget and with a racehorse you would want to allow at least £3,000 (including feed but not stabling for the first year) for the start up costs:

 

  • Never buy a horse without him being fully vetted first. Even if the problems revealed don’t put you off having the horse, at least you are fully aware what you are letting yourself in for and you are being fair on the horse by being aware of what he is physically capabilities. This should even apply if you are being given a horse (i.e. do look a gift horse in the mouth) you don’t want it coming as a surprise that giving him a short canter means he needs six months box rest.
  • Ask if the horse has developed any vices i.e. crib biting, wind sucking, weaving, box walking, this is more common in racehorses because of their sensitivity, combined with living-in many hours a day and high energy diets. You need not reject a horse with vices but just decide what you can live with.
  • It’s a good idea to have Veterinary insurance.
  • Additional advisable health checks include:
  1. have a recommended equine dental technician check their teeth and again in six months depending on your horse’s age
  2. have your horse’s back checked by a recommended chiropractor/physiotherapist or osteopath
  3. don’t forget your racehorse’s worming and vaccination schedules.
  • Racehorses often have backbones like razor blades. Have his first saddle correctly fitted with the fitter prepared to come back within six months to retake the wither pattern which will take into account the musculature changes that should develop in this time.

 

Ideally buy the horse directly from a retrainer or loan from one of the four centres the charity supports but if the horse is coming directly from a racehorse trainer or a recognised Sale ask the trainer and perhaps the horse’s ‘lad’ (the person who looked after the horse) something about him. Think about what sort of racehorse you actually want; a youngster (two-year-old?) or older horse, will he have run on the flat or over jumps (hurdles or fences?), what is it that you would actually like to do with him? Is he suitable for the purpose and for your weight, height and experience?

 

(written by Kelly Marks - a former European Champion Lady jockey and now works full time helping horses and people get on well together. If you would like help from someone in your area with retraining your racehorse or for further advice telephone 01488 71300 or go to her website www.intelligenthorsemanship.co.uk)

 

The RoR Consultants Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management and Training also have significant experience in ex-racehorses, and recommend reading the various articles at www.equinetraining.co.uk/ex-racehorse-retraining/116.html

 

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4. What do I need to consider when purchasing an ex-racehorse from a bloodstock auction?

 

a)  Forward Planning
Like a successful military campaign, this exercise requires meticulous attention to detail long before the event itself! The most appropriate sales for prospective sport or riding horses are ‘Horses in and out of training’ therefore, choose accordingly when and where the next suitable sale is being held. Also consider the transport and approach transporters early for costs and availability.


b)  Catalogue
A quick phone call will secure you a Sales Catalogue which will usually be dispatched by post for a small charge. Each horse will be allocated a lot number and a brief description, along with their pedigree and race record.
Take time to read carefully the ‘Conditions of Sale’ applicable to each individual lot of interest. There are different terms regarding the level of veterinary examination pertaining to each horse for sale.
1. As they stand without a Veterinary Certificate – no rights of re-examination apply.
2. With formal Veterinary Certificate which is read out at the time of sale – full re-examination rights apply (one hour time limit)
3. Subject to re-examination – full re-examination rights apply (one hour time limit)
4. Subject to re-examination of wind only – wind re-examination rights apply (one hour time limit)


c)  Shortlist
You must do your homework thoroughly and begin to narrow down your search. Ask yourself about the perimeters you need to set in terms of age, height, race form etc. The horses with exceptional breeding or good race records will normally be prohibitively expensive. The catalogue will also flag up any stable vices (such as a ‘weaving’, crib biting’ or ‘wind sucking’) which may have an affect on the horses well being. So be warned! It is possible to find out something about the horse you are interested in before the sale by talking to the horse’s trainer or owner.  Most are very willing to tell you something about their horse and contacts can be obtained from the sales company.  Finally, you should check the front of the catalogue to confirm the date and time that the sale commences.


d)  Sales day
Be sure to arrive at the sale with plenty of time to inspect thoroughly the horses on your short list. At the Auctioneers office there will be a notice board providing plenty of up- to- the minute information and also a list of withdrawals. These are horses that have recently been taken out of the sale, so you should amend your short list accordingly.


e)  Inspecting the Horses
Well before the start of the sale you should go to the stables and identify the horses on your short list by finding the lot numbers that correspond to those in your catalogue. You should request that the vendor or their representative present their horse to you. Ask plenty of questions about its history and character. Next, ask they walk the horse up and trot it back so that you can assess how it moves on a firm flat surface. Look at each part individually and then judge how it all fits together to create the animal standing before you. It is a good idea to return to the stable later and see how the horse is coping with the stress of the sale environment and how it behaves around you, providing further clues to its personality. Finally, you should always go to the pre-sale parade ring to watch each horse on your revised short list being walked around in company.


f)  Bidding


g)  Price
Remember that you will be expected to pay for any purchases ON THE DAY, so it is vital that you speak to the auctioneers prior to bidding to ascertain their accepted methods of payment. British bloodstock auctions are traditionally conducted in guineas. Note that one guinea is equivalent to £1.05. The auctioneers will have a standard minimum bid which is the floor price for each lot, although most bidding will start above this figure. Once you have decided that you want to bid, be sure to check the catalogue to see if it is subject to VAT.  This will greatly affect the maximum price you are willing to pay on each animal, so be careful.


h)  Position
Make sure you choose a good seat in the sale ring where you can be seen by the auctioneer. The auctioneer will be assisted by one or two spotters so you need to catch their eye if you intend to bid.


i)  Listen
As the lot enters the ring, listen carefully for any announcements that might be made by the auctioneer. It is often at this time that stable vices or other relevant declarations are announced. These are legally binding so you must take note.


j)  Fall of the Hammer
If you are the highest bidder, it will be confirmed by the fall of the hammer, at which point the auctioneer announces ‘Sold’ (When a horse does not meet the sellers reserve price the auctioneer announces not sold) the fall of the hammer verifies the sale and denotes the passing of ownership subject to any veterinary re-examination or drug testing that may apply.


k)  Acknowledgement of Purchase
As the successful buyer, you will be immediately be presented will an acknowledgement of purchase form by a representative of the auctioneers. Your signature confirms a lot number and the sale price. Now is the time to speak up if you are not happy with the price or think there has been some mistake. If the auctioneer deems it appropriate the bidding may recommence, so don’t get stuck with something you don’t want.. It is at this point that some sales offer a blood test on your new acquisition. It is completely your choice, but it may give you some peace of mind.


l)  Congratulations
All being well, you have just successfully purchased your new horse. Remember that the horse is your property from the fall of the hammer. You must, therefore, ensure that the horse is fed, watered, rugged up and generally cared for until it is ready to travel. Sellers will remove all the tack. If you didn’t bring your own horse box, now is the time to arrange the transport with one of the many operators that attend the sales. If you want to INSURE your new purchase straight away, then the staff in the auctioneer’s office will be glad to assist you.


You will need to pay the purchase price to receive a ‘PASS OUT’, which needs to be shown to the gates stewards before they allow any horse to leave the premises.


Now your work really begins, and good luck with your training programme!

 

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5. Should I have a passport for my ex-racehorse and how do I change ownership?

 

Change of Ownership - Horse Passport Legislation Requirements

 

Under the current Horse Passport legislation (Commission Regulation (EC) No 504/2008)), new owners are required to record their ownership with their horse’s Passport Issuing Organisation within 30 days of acquisition. It is an offence not to do so.  This is to ensure that DEFRA can contact every horse owner, in the event of a disease outbreak.

 

To assist RoR members in meeting this legislation, please use the RoR/Weatherbys change of ownership form for horses not currently racing or breeding - click here to download. The completed form, passport and fee should then be sent to Weatherbys at the address on the form. Weatherbys will then update their database and the passport, and return the passport to you. This process takes approximately 10 working days and applies to all Thoroughbreds both domestic and foreign bred.

 

For every change of ownership form recieved for RoR registered horses Weatherbys kindly donates £5 to RoR.

 

When you are considering the purchase of your horse please check the horse against the markings shown in the passport to satisfy yourself that it is the correct animal, before you finalise the purchase. If you have any queries over the identity of the horse or you have not been given a passport, please contact Weatherbys for advice.  Also contact Weatherbys if you wish to use your horse to breed racehorses.

 

If your horse dies the legislation requires the return of the passport to the Passport Issuing Organisation (in this case Weatherbys – for both domestic and foreign bred Thoroughbreds). If you request in your covering letter that the passport be returned afterwards, this will be done free of charge.

 

Contact: Di Harvey, Weatherbys Group Ltd, Sanders Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4BX, T: 01933 440077.

 

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CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON SHOWING MY EX-RACEHORSE?

 

6. How can I prepare my ex-racehorse for showing?

 

The RoR website has details of consultants who will be happy to help you with your ex racehorse, alternativley email our Ask The Experts for specific advice.

 

It is a good idea to take your horse to a few shows initially before you consider putting him in the ring. This will give him a chance to settle into his new environment and to enjoy his day out without the added stress of competing. Every show ground is open to anyone but I think it is only polite to offer the show a donation for using their facilities.


 

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7. What tack am I allowed to use on my ex-racehorse for showing?

 

Horses are to be ridden in a snaffle, Pelham or simple double bridle in the showing classes.

 

A General Purpose or straight cut saddle should be used.

 

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8. What is the judge looking for in the RoR Show Series Class when they ride my ex-racehorse?

Initially the judge is looking for a comfortable and safe conveyance. They will also want to see what level of retraining your horse has received. They will want your horse to be 'soft and round' and be obedient. They will be assessing whether he has settled into his new job and is accepting of his new show ring surroundings.

 

Make sure you teach him to canter on either legs and to stand quietly whilst the judge gets on and off. It is a good idea to ask a friend to sit on your horse at home before you enter for a show. All judges ride differently and the more people riding your horse at home the better prepared he will be to give the judge a nice ride. Remember if there is a gentleman judge he is likely to have larger feet than lady riders. Make sure you stirrups are big enough and that the leathers long enough. You can always carry a spare 'judges' pair in your grooming kit if you don't fancy juggling your feet in large irons!

 

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9. What will I be expected to do in the Retraining Racehorse Challenge?


The Retrained Racehorse Challenge has been designed to give horses with racing injuries a chance to compete without being hindered by racing injuries and includes a jumping phase.   Please visit the RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge Series page for full details.

 

Click here for the Rules and Regulations.

 

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10. My ex-racehorse will not settle in the show ring.  What calmer am I legally allowed to give him?

 

Some of the calmers on the market would not pass the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) or FEI rules so therefore you must look closely at the ingredients. L'Triptophane is a regular ingredient, this amino acid is considered an illegal substance by the BHA but is not on the FEI prohibited substance list so can be used for other equestrian sports.  In addition, RoR can recommend Nupafeed which is magnesium and calms the brain, Relax Me, Setfree (Superfix Supplements who also produce a spray on magnesium calmer).

 

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11. What is the recommended dress in the RoR Showing Classes?

 

a) All competitors must wear a safety/kite mark hard hat with a chinstrap.

b) For Hack types, navy jacket and coloured browband. For Riding Horse and Hunter types, tweed jackets and plain/coloured browbands.

c) Plain fawn or buff coloured breeches - not white.

d) Plain black or brown boots.

e) Any form of leather or string gloves.

f) Plain malacca or leather cane, not to exceed 32" . No schooling or cutting whips.

g) Collar and tie.

h) Ordinary shirt.

i) No earrings to be worn.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DRESS FOR THE HICKSTEAD FINAL

In the morning the same as above. In the evening black or blue hunting coat with close fitting black riding trousers with ordinary collar and tie or cravat.

 

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12. What is the recommended turnout for my ex-racehorse in the RoR Showing Classes?

 

a) Manes should be plaited.


b) Tails pulled or plaited


c) Heels trimmed


d) Any suitable bridle with an ordinary snaffle, simple double bridle, or Pelham.


e) Coloured browbands for Hack types. Plain/coloured browbands for Hunters and Riding Horses.


f) Numnahs if worn should be as small as possible and dark of colour.

 

g) You can fit boots or bandages on your horse for the Retrained Racehorse Class for the jumping section of the class, but please remove them for the showing and conformation section.  Dark boots please.  A martingale may also be worn.

 

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13.  Useful showing related websites

 

Forest Farmacy - natural herbal remedies
T: 0800 970 9421, W: www.forestfarmacy.com


Equine Health Sussex - Natural Herbal products and grooming products

T: 0773 4217031, W: www.equinehealthsussex.co.uk

Crossgates Bionergetics Ltd - Bioenergetic Remedies

W: www.crossgatesfarm.co.uk

Snuggy Hoods

T: 01225 783399, W: www.snuggyhoods.co.uk

Patey Hats

T: 01285 841250, W: www.pateyhats.com

Bossy Bibs

T: 01442 824033

SEIB

T: 0845 450 0631, W: www.seib.co.uk

Nuprafeed-uk

T: 01438 861900

 

Relax Me, Horsefirst
T: + 44 28 3084 8844, W: www.horsefirst.net

Baileys

T: 01371 850247, W: www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

 

 

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Why, how and when should I register my ex-racehorse with RoR?

 

14.  Why should I register with RoR?

 

RoR need to know where all these ex-racehorses are and to build a datebase with this information. Many other organisations and RoR need these statistics to prove that former racehorses have a life after racing. Your help with this is much needed and appreciated. When you register with RoR you will receive regular email updates with any news and clinic dates and other events RoR has planned. We recently sponsored a clinic free to RoR members. If we don't know who you are we can't offer this type of event.


If you have registered for the RoR Show Series and paid the £10 fee once you have made your one-off registration for you and your horse you may enter any of our showing classes.

 

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15.  How do I register my ex-racehorse with RoR?

 

You can register and submit the registration form online via the home page on our website - see the green box at the bottom of the home page.  You will need to pay online or send a £10 fee if you wish to enter the RoR Show Series.  Once you have registered your horse you DO NOT need to register again the following year.

 

Click here to link to the initial registration link on the home page of our website.  If you want to register your ex-racehorse and enter the RoR Series simply click the top option after completing your name, postcode and email.   If you only want to register your ex-racehorse but not yet compete in the RoR Series then click on the second option.  The last option is for those who do not yet own an ex-racehorse but are interested and would like to be kept up-to-date with any email news.

 

Please note that your ex-racehorse must have raced in Great Britain (at least once) to enter the RoR Series' classes. The only exception to this is for those entering their ex-racehorse for the Barbury Championship, where horses are eligible to compete if they have raced outside GB.  Please refer to the relevant competition pages for each discipline for more information on rules and eligibility for each RoR series.

 

16.  Do I ever have to renew my RoR registration?

 

No.  You only need to register your horse once.

 

17.  If my horse was previously registered with another owner, how can I update the details?

 

There is no need to fill out another registration form.  Simply email info@ror.org.uk with the horse's name, your name, address and telephone number.

 


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GENERAL FAQ

18. What happens after a horse’s racing days are over?

 

Around 4,000 horses leave Racing every year either because they have reached the end of their successful racing days or because they were not suited to life as a racehorse.

 

Unless there is some serious problem, ex-racehorses will normally have many years left in them and most adapt well to alternative equestrian disciplines. Thoroughbreds are versatile and highly intelligent creatures that respond impressively to retraining by a competent person. Thoroughbreds are used to human contact from a very early age; they are used to the company of other horses; they are usually familiar with travelling; and, in many cases, they have had the experience of a sales ring. This background lends itself to retraining, but ex-racehorses are not novice rides and retraining should not be attempted by someone with only limited knowledge. That said, properly retrained racehorses can thrive in second careers in the whole range of equine activities.

 

In the majority of cases, owners and trainers take a great deal of time and trouble to find suitable new homes for horses leaving their care. Sometimes they will place a horse with a professional retrainer for a short period for preliminary assessment and retraining. If no private arrangements have been made, an alternative is the sales ring and all the principal auction houses hold sales of horses in/out of training. The most promising can attract reasonable prices from individuals looking for a Thoroughbred to bring on for themselves or for future sale. The appropriate sales are listed in the Diary Dates section.

 

At the bottom end of the market, however, ex-racehorses can be bought very cheaply, sometimes outside the ring if the minimum bid is not achieved. This might apply in particular to horses with physical or behavioural problems and the low prices mean that they are vulnerable to being taken on by someone without the skills, facilities or resources necessary to care for an ex-racehorse. This situation can lead to abandonment or neglect. Fortunately few ex-racehorses are found in this state. On the whole, horse owners are responsible to admit when they cannot cope and the isolated neglect cases are usually the result of ignorance or inadequate resources.

 

There is a number of charitable rehabilitation centres around the country. RoR supports the four largest and best known: Greatwood, HEROS, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.   Although their capacity is limited, these centres do an excellent job in providing a safety net for ex-racehorses needing charitable intervention. They also take in some horses from owners and trainers for retraining and rehoming. The important point is that all horses accepted by these centres remain in their ownership for the rest of their lives. They are loaned out to approved homes, but they are never sold. All the centres take great care to match a horse with the right new rider. It is vital that the new pairing forms a successful partnership and that the new ‘owner’ understands the responsibilities of taking on a former racehorse.

 

With the right retraining, ex-racehorses can shine in all kinds of equine sports including Polo, Eventing, Show Jumping, Showing, Dressage and Endurance as illustrated in the Success Stories. Approximately 900 horses each year go into Polo where a former racehorse won ‘Pony of the Match’ at the prestigious Cartier International. The Hunting field is also a good second career particularly for National Hunt horses, while many have happy lives as a companion, as a hack or in a riding school.

 

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19. Can you help find a good home for my racehorse now he is retiring from racing?

 

Your trainer may be able to recommend the best course of action, alternatively telephone the RoR on 01488 648998 to discuss your horse and the best options, or contact the charitable centres directly, or try www.sourceanexracehorse.co.uk

 

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20. How do I protect my former racehorse when I sell it on and can I register a Non-Racing Agreement?

 

At RoR we are often asked if there is anything that can be done to safeguard the future of a horse that is about to be sold. The Seller often knows and trusts the Buyer, but what happens if he or she subsequently decides to sell? It is rarely possible to guarantee the future, but a properly drafted written sale contract might help. This could include a clause giving the Seller a right of first refusal on any future sale. Serious problems could be experienced in enforcing such a clause, but it is still one option that a Seller might like to consider.

 

You may also wish to ensure your horse does not run again in a horserace.  To do this you can register a non-racing agreement with Weatherbys, visit www.weatherbys.co.uk/racing-division/registrations/horses-in-training to find out more, and click here to download a Non-Racing Agreement form.

 

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21. What is the RoR series and how do I enter?

 

The RoR Series is a well established programme of competition sponsorship for ex-racehorses.  Those ex-racehorses who have done particularly well in their respective discipline are awarded RoR prizes.    Click on the RoR Series relevant discipline for more details of the RoR Series run for that discipline, which include:  Polo, Showing, Eventing, Endurance, Dressage, Show Jumping.

 

You will need to register your ex-racehorse with the RoR to enter the RoR Series’.  Click here to link to the initial registration link on the home page of our website.

 

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22. If I enter the RoR series are there any Rules and Regulations I should be aware of?

 

Yes.  RoR Rules and Regulations are on this website under the relevant Series where applicable.

 

In addition, The Rules of the appropriate Governing Body apply.  So when entering your chosen Series, you should obtain a copy of the corresponding Rule Book to ensure you are not in contravention of any of the applicable Rules and Regulations the Governing Body has deemed competitors should abide by.

 

For showing classes, the Judge will ride your horse, but in the RoR Retrained Racehorse Challenge the Judge will not ride your horse.

 

Particular attention should be paid by those of you electing for the Dressage Series as there is a dress code for riders. For example, gloves must be worn, but if you have an injury which prevents a glove being worn, this must be drawn to the attention of the Judge PRIOR to you commencing your test.

 

Whilst for showjumping, there are no restrictions on the bits and nosebands your horse can have, British Dressage has a strict code of what bits may be used - and this is also dependent upon the level at which you are competing. At lower levels of British Dressage competition boots and bandages may NOT be worn during the test although they can be for the warm up. You cannot use a martingale and a neck-strap may only be used in four-year-old classes.

 

The BSJA allows the use of ear covers and fly fringes, British Dressage does not. Again, for dressage (BE and BD), whilst a horse may be lunged as part of its warm-up (if the venue allows), draw reins are forbidden; the BSJA allows the wearing of these items.

 

Attention is also drawn to the fact that British Dressage and British Eventing have differing rules with regard to noseband use.

 

Should you be fortunate enough to qualify for a Regional Final (Dressage), then further Rules becomes applicable with regard to commanders (someone reading your test for you and the use of schooling whips).

 

British Eventing dressage tests take place on grass, but for British Dressage tests are on a surface although at some venues, the warm-up may be on grass.

 

Having read the applicable Rule Book please contact the appropriate Governing Body for clarification of any Rule or Regulation which you are not sure about.

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23.  My ex-racehorse has been passed on or passed away, should I tell RoR?

 

Yes, please email info@ror.org.uk and let us know if you have sold/given your horse to another person or if your horse has died.  It is important for us to keep our records up-to-date and accurate.

 

If your horse has died please advise Weatherbys in writing and return the passport to them so they too can update their records.  They will return the passport to you if you request it.  Contact: Di Harvey, Weatherbys Group Ltd, Sanders Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4BX, T: 01933 440077.

 

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HELPLINE

 

24. The answer to my question is not listed, please can I telephone or email an expert?

 

If you can’t find the information on our website to help you care for and retrain your ex-racehorse, and require more personal and in-depth help, then please contact our Horse Helpline by phone or email.

 

Horse Helpline Telephone 01780 740773

 

This is the telephone number for the RoR consultants Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management & Training. If they are unable to answer your call immediately please leave a message and they will return your call as soon as possible. The helpline is available seven days a week.

 

Fred and Rowena have a wealth of knowledge and expertise working with all types of horses from the various equestrian disciplines whether it be ground training, backing, schooling and jumping young horses or re-schooling and corrective training for older horses. They have extensive experience of the racing industry and working with horses out of training with many of these horses having benefited from their retraining and progressive schooling programmes, subsequently taking up new lives hunting, showing, show jumping, eventing, dressage etc.  Thus they are extremely well-qualified to provide you with constructive and practical advice regarding your ex-racehorse.

 

Horse Helpline Email asktheexperts@ror.org.uk

 

Email us with any more questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them. The RoR has a selection of professional consultants from all disciplines. Once we see your enquiry we will direct it onto the right person accordingly. Having answered your initial enquiry they will provide their contact details should you wish to continue contact.

 

RoR accepts no responsibility or liability for any claims, losses or damages (whether direct or indirect) arising out of any dealings between any member of the public and any professional retrainer/RoR consultant, including those listed on the RoR website Directory.

 

For all other RoR enquiries please contact:

 

Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive
T: 01488 648998

M:07836 293191

E: darbuthnot@ror.org.uk


Di Arbuthnot

Retraining of Racehorses

Ash Cottage

Back Street

East Garston

Hungerford

Berkshire  RG17 7EX

 

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