Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive
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Retraining of Racehorses
75 High Holborn
London WC1V 6LS
UK Registered Charity No: 1084787
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It is not too late to enter the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge on 1st September at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and win up to £1,000.
For all RoR registered horses that have raced in GB, the competition will be divided into four classes: 3yo’s, 4yo’s, 5yo's, 6yo’s and upwards.
The prizes for each of the four classes will be £1,000 to the winner, £500 for the second placed pony, and £300 for 3rd, £200 for 4th, £100 for 5th, £100 for 6th. Additional prize money is also on offer for the overall Champion.
In all classes ponies will be judged on conformation, turnout, movement and responsiveness/willingness with marks awarded for performance. Each rider will have 1 1/2 minutes of freestyle display.
The RoR Musical Ride at the FEI European Junior Championships on Saturday 16th August at Bishop Burton College in Beverley, Yorkshire was a great success.
The quadrille ride to music organised by Vicky Smart, was produced by Snainton Riding Centre's Charlotte Wilson using a specially selected musical sequence expertly edited by accomplished musician and horse lover, Karry Gardiner.
Taking part were six former racehorses, who during their racing careers had won over £200,000 in prize money: Roger’s Revenge, Attacca, Moyenne Corniche, Shaydream Believer, MIddlebrook and Markestino.
Horses and riders had been practising the twelve minute sequence over many weeks. Vicky Smart, RoR Regional Co-ordinator: "It couldn't have gone better, horses and riders all seemed to enjoy themselves."
Vicky said; "The music was awesome and to watch those horses listening and keeping in time made those of us who had been involved with the training and preparation feel very emotional.
"It showed how an ex racehorse can work together with other horses head to head and in opposite directions, which is not always easy or natural for them. The atmosphere was terrific and we hope to do more in the future."
RoR would like to thank all those involved in the RoR Musical Ride, including Vicky Smart, Charlotte Wilson, Karry Gardiner and the following amazing horses and riders (listed below).
Roger’s Revenge – Ellen Wilson
Attacca – Sylvia Robinson
Moyenne Corniche – Anne Allett
Shaydream Believer – Julie Brierley
MIddlebrook - Kathy Boothman
Markestino - Tory Lockey
With torrential weather conditions, RoR Regional Co-ordinator Colleen Salmon was relieved she had organised the indoor school for the subsidised RoR dressage clinic with Matthew Cox at Houghton Hall on 14th August.
Colleen said: "A total of eight riders joined us for the event and had to drive through truly horrendous conditions to get there and the heavens well and truly opened throughout the entire evening. Despite the driving rain outside, every one of the riders who booked made it and most importanly, were glad they did as each thoroughly enjoyed their respective lesson with Matt."
Riders who joined the event were all different abilities, with several coming back for first time after injury. Colleen said that not one of them put a foot wrong the whole evening: "Our first two riders, Alice O’Neill on Best Known Secret and her mum Mo Barnard on Ability Girl were over the moon to get their horses out for the first time in any outside event and for the first time working with their horses in an indoor school."
The next six riders all were spread about the Cambridgeshire County with Rachel Rennie and The Pye and Emily Hill on Chilli Boy (pictured), followed by Harriet Turton with Tetley and Debbie Hill on Minehill Lad, and our last pair for the night were Emma Kitteridge on Packenham and Gillian Riviere on Young Lord.
Colleen would like to thank everyone who took part, especially Matt who was brilliant: "It was so nice to see new faces from the East Midlands region coming down to our region to take advantage of these lessons. A huge thanks too to our brilliant instructor, Matt Cox."
Colleen is looking forward to Matt's second RoR dressage clinic on 27th August in Newmarket. Please note, this next clinic is now fully booked. To find out when the next clinics are taking place or what is on in the East region e-mail Colleen Salmon
Claire Blackham is delighted to be offering this Combined Training Clinic, in conjunction with South West Ex Racers Club, with instruction from experienced trainers, Marc Leon and Matthew Hall at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall PL17 8PB on Saturday 22nd November 2014.
Starting from 9.00am and working in groups of a maximum of 3 horses/riders, the event is open to both RoR registered and Non-RoR registered horses. Riders can choose to attend a Dressage Clinic, Pole/Show Jumping or both.
The cost of the event is subsidised for RoR registered horses with the cost per horse/rider reduced to £25 for Dressage, £10 for Pole/Show Jumping or £30 for both clinics. Non-RoR horse/rider is £35 for dressage, £15 for Pole/Show Jumping or £45 for both Clinics.
Dressage will be instructed by experienced BHSAI trainer of 35 years Marc Leon. Marc was recently awarded the NAF 5* Optimum Super Star award and in his career has trained with many top equestrians including Nicky Barrett, Carl Hester and Jenny Taylor.
The pole/show Jumping will be taken by Matthew Hall a successful show jumper based in Devon. Matthew runs a competition and schooling yard where he trains and competes horses from youngsters and novices through to national level.
There is ample Parking at Duchy College (please follow the signs and park behind the arenas, do not park in front) and refreshments available on the day. Stabling is also available, please ensure you bring your horse passport and Vaccination Certificate.
For any further information and for booking please complete the booking form and payment is required in advance to Claire Blackham. Riders are to indicate on the booking form which clinics and their preference over pole or showjumping. Clinics will run in succession to each other if riders choose to do both clinics.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the Red Horse Dressage Series Championship at Willow Farm, Faversham, Kent. Results for RoR's as follows:-
Vicgernic – Tina East – finished 2nd overall with 66.96%
Just Dashing – Jane Mansell - finished 8th overall with 69.58%
Sally Bruce – Rosie Gilbert with 62.29%
Just Dashing – Jane Mansell - came 7th overall with 67.32%
With thanks to Red Horse Dressage and to all those who have taken part in this series, sadly not everyone could make the final.
Another fantastic weekend this year at the Aintree National Show on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th July 2014. Congratulations to everyone who competed in all of the RoR Classes including the inaugural Jockey Club RoR Novice Show Series Championship, which was won by Hero Worship ridden by Abi Drury and presented by former top racehorse trainer, Jenny Pitman. (Photo courtesy of Media Live Productions).
Results as follows from the weekend action at the Aintree National Show.
The Jockey Club RoR Novice Show Series Championship:-
1st - Hero Worship/Abit Drury; 2nd - Jack The Giant/Alistair Hood; 3rd - Midnight Chase/Sally Hayward; 4th - Spanish Hidalgo/Kimberley Gould; 5th - Seaplace/Annie Haxton and 6th - Salt Boys.
RoR/Tattersalls Show Series qualifier:-
1st - Flay Gray/Faye Hesketh; 2nd - Valentine Jak/Donna Bamonte; 3rd Hero Worship/Abi Drury and 4th Straw Bear/Ruth Gifford.
RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge qualifier results:-
1st Inspector Frost/Sian Williams, 2nd Rack'Ela/Sarah Drake; 3rd A Big Sky Brewing/Christine Bowdler; and 4th Rester Vrai/Katie Dashwood.
There was plenty of ex-racehorses classes over the weekend too. Here's a round up of the other results from the Aintree National Show:-
The Retrained Racehorse (NH):-
1st - Flay Gray; 2nd - Patrick Potts; 3rd - Dippers Song; 4th - Straw Bear; 5th - Celtic Boy and
6th - Eastern Supreme
The Retrained Racehorse (Flat):-
Winner: Blue Rondo
The Aintree Ex racehorse Class:-
1st - Eastern Supreme; 2nd - Scots Grey; 3rd - Beat The Boys; 4th - Fast Fred and 5th - Straw Bear
The "Grey Retrained Racehorse" Class:-
1st - Double Brandy; 2nd Gray Night; 3rd - Dens Gift; 4th - Scots Grey; 5th - Inspector Frost and 6th - Beat The Boys.
The Aintree Retrained Racehorse Supreme Championship:-
1st - Flay Gray/Faye Hesketh; 2nd - Deep Reflection/Helen Newbold; and in 3rd - Valentine Jak/Donna Bamonte
Congratulations to all of the winners and a massive thank you to Aintree Equestrian Centre and The Jockey Club for such a terrific weekend for RoR and ex-racehorse classes.
The RoR Inter-County Competition at World Horse Welfare, Snetterton, Norfolk, will take place on Sunday 28th September.
This is the second year of this points based team competition to compete to become the RoR Inter-County Champion Team. Taking place in the indoor arena at World Horse Welfare, the competition includes six classes - Dressage Prelim 12, Dressage Novice 24, Jumping (2'6"), Jumping (3'), In-Hand Showing and Ridden Showing with highest points awarded to the winner in each discipline. Points will then be added together with the highest scoring team then crowned County Champions.
To Apply to be part of the team:
Each County will have had chosen three members for each class so in total each class will have fifteen people contesting the class (Eighteen if the Outsiders form a team) – EXCEPT IN THE DRESSAGE as there will be only two per team due to time constraints. For the full schedule and to complete the Application please click here.
Applications must be returned to Colleen Salmon by 14th August.
Once the teams have been selected, full and simple rules (along with approximate times) will be sent to each team member. Please ensure your read the Application form so that you are clear on the competition format and requirements for team members to be selected.
It has come to the attention of the RoR that there has been promotion of some products with the prefix "RoR" which, by implication, infers that such product/products have been endorsed by the RoR. The companies concerned have been asked to remove such prefix as this is misleading.
Please note that the RoR does not endorse or promote any products.
Any reference to discounts being available for RoR members are not "RoR discounts" but discounts which have kindly been secured by our Training Consultants for your benefit.
As the cross country clinics with Francis Whittington earlier this year were so well received we are offering RoR members the chance to train with Francis again, this time at Firle Place, Nr Lewes, Sussex BN8 6LP, on 2nd September 2014
Firle Place is a lovely venue and this clinic will take place a few days after the BE Firle Place Horse Trials. There is a great range of fences from 90cm's upwards.
RoR riders will receive a subsidy so your lesson with Francis will only cost you £30. If you would like to book for this clinic please email email@example.com
The RoR are delighted to be at Musselburgh Racecourse on 28th September with a parade of former racehorses before the start of the first race. This is always a great opportunity to showcase some of the incredible work and great achievements of ex-racehorses going on to new lives, and helps us to promote the work of the RoR to a wider audience.
On Thursday 17th July, the British Horseracing Authority is delighted that Hamilton Park Racecourse will showcase the track's support for the high standards of horse welfare in British Racing with the raceday theme of The Horse Comes First.
The Horse Comes First is an industry wide backed initiative aimed at both promoting and increasing awareness of Racing's commitment to horse welfare. There will be a range of activities and demonstrations designed to entertain as well as inform racegoers about the level of care the sport provides for its horses, both during and after their racing careers.
Just before racing gets underway, there will be a demonstration by three locally based former racehorses who are now excelling in different disciplines. The three are led by former Alan Swinbank and John Quinn trained Kalhan Sands, who is now enjoying eventing in the hands of 15-year-old Rebecca Dunn.
Also in the line-up is Joanna Heaton's Sarasola, a seven-year-old who has put a moderate racing career behind him for success in the Show ring and has already qualified for next year's Royal Highland Show. The trio are completed by Bunacurry (pictured), a nine-year-old owned by Claire Halliday, and now a promising showjumper.
To find out more about The Horse Comes First visit http://www.thehorsecomesfirst.com/
Well done to RoR's ex-racehorse runners for taking part in the British 10K London run in a hugely competitive field of 25,000 runners! Our team of ex-racehorses had a brilliant time raising money and generating awareness for RoR - we want to congratulate them all!
Laura Grey running this year as her ex-racehorse Grey Knight came in first across the finish line for the RoR Team, completing the 10K course in just 55 minutes. Laura was just 90 seconds off her time last year, when she ran in the name of her other horse Celtic Boy. She said: "I was a little slower this year. Though these results do actually reflect their prowess on the racecourse, as Celty was a much better racehorse!".
RoR's youngest team member, sixteen year-old Durham based Zak Warburton crossed the finish line with a brilliant time of 58 mins. Zak, representing his horse Nannerl, said; "I was hoping to run in under an hour but I had to take a little short walk at their 8km mark as I thought my hamstring was on its way out.. luckily it wasn't. Much to my surprise I finished in an amazing 58 minutes." Zak added: "It was certainly an honour to run on behalf of the RoR. It was an amazing experience, one I wish to be able to do again!"
Seventeen year-old first year A-level student Susannah Stevens, who shares her sister Katherine’s ex-racehorse, Chartplan finished closely behind these front runners with a brilliant time of 1 hour 2 minutes. Surrey based Susannah has so far raised a record-breaking £678 for RoR too.
Twenty one year-old Gemma Merrit who was running as her ex-racehorse Stolen Thunder reported: "I managed to run it in 1:08:25, which is not too bad! However, I think the next 10k I do will be actually on my lovely horse! "
Clare Stringer, RoR Regional Co-ordinator, running as her ex-racehorse Kittys Way was also thrilled to finish her first ever run in 73 minutes. She reported: "There were some hard furlongs on that course but I was happy to cross the finish!"
Thank you to everyone who took part and for the fundraising. You can still donate to our team at http://www.justgiving.com/r-o-r
(Pictured is Laura Grey with her two ex-racers, Grey Knight and Celtic Boy our three runners!)
It was a glorious day for the RoR's Parade of ex-racehorses at York Racecourse on Saturday 12th July at the John Smith's Cup Meeting. Thanks to everyone who took part, all of the horses were beautifully turned out, behaved really well and provided racegoers at York with a glimpse of the new careers of former racehorses.
Taking part this year were ten former runners including 2012 RoR Showing Champion, Rogers Revenge ridden by Beth Robinson, and 2014 RoR/Tattersalls Scottish Show Series Champion, Whatcanysay ridden by Robyn Gray.
In addition, it was fitting that a former winner of the prestigious York Ebor Heritage Handicap race, Moyenne Corniche, paraded. This nine-year-old gelding won the Ebor in 2011 and had amassed nearly £200,000 prize money in his time as a racehorse. Pictured here ridden by Anne Allatt, the pair are now in training for the RoR Musical Ride at Bishop Burton on 16th August. (Rogers Revenge is pictured in front of him)
To see more photos from the event visit Retraining of Racehorses' Facebook photo album for this event. The full list of horses taking part:
Whatcaysay (Showing) – Robyn Gray.
Save the Pound (Eventing) – Kathy Boothman
Masta Plasta (Dressage) – Adele Mulrennan
Attacca (Dressage) – Sylvia Robinson
Liverpool (Showing) – Joanna Mason
Inchloss (Horseball) – David Worthington
Moving Picture (Horseball) – Judith Lucas
Roger's Revenge (Dressage) – Beth Robinson
Moyenne Corniche (Dressage) – Anne Allatt
Shaydreambeliever (Hunting) – Max Johnson
Inishmor won the prestigious RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Championship at the Barbury International Horse Trials on Sunday 6th July 2014. Ridden by Swindon-based Australian Paul Tapner, Inishmor held onto his overnight lead to take the title. Inishmor and Tapner ended on their dressage score of 27.3, ahead of British dressage team’s performance manager Richard Waygood on Plum Rowland’s Luther ll with 31.9. In third was Ginny How and Creeslough on 33.2, and New Zealand’s Dan Jocelyn and Valemount were fourth with 34.6.
The 10-year-old grey gelding by Great Palm came to Paul Tapner from HEROS and is now competing successfully at intermediate level in eventing. He is owned by Ian Murray, who is pictured here receiving the Championship prize from RoR Chairman, Paul Roy.
Congratulations to everyone who competed and all those involved. The full result of 2014 RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Championship at the Barbury International Horse Trials are:
1st - INISHMOR Paul Tapner (27.30)
2nd - LUTHER II Richard Waygood (31.90)
3rd - CREESLOUGH Ginny Howe (33.20)
4th - VALEMOUNT Dan Jocelyn (34.60)
5th - HIGHLAND PATRIOT Matthew Heath (35.90)
6th - CUT TO THE CHASE Georgie Rockingham (37.30)
7th - DIRECTOR GENERAL Neil Spratt (40.60)
8th - COUNTERPARTY Paul Tapner (43.10)
9th - MAGNIFICO II Rebecca Godleman (43.30)
10th - JOHN SIXTEEN Louise Harwood (43.70)
Purple Moon (pictured), produced and ridden by Chantal Wootten, won the Flat Section at the final of the RoR/Tattersalls Show Series Championship on Sunday 29th June at Hickstead. The National Hunt section and Champion was Jack The Giant ridden by Allister Hood. The full results are:
1st - Purple Moon - Chantal Wootten
2nd - Night Prayers - Katie Jerram
3rd - Harry Lime - Miss Hannah Kelly
4th - Astrobrava - Katie Jerram
5th - Moorlander - Charlene Smith
6th - Perfect Choice - Angela Lance
7th - Tara's Garden - Kylie Chase
8th - Bee J Gee - Mrs.Catterwell
9th - Billy Whizz - Zahara Clark
10th - Whistleupthewind - Abigail Kelmanson
Veteran Winner - Bee J Gee - Mrs.Catterwell
NH Section -
1st - Jack the Giant - Allister Hood
2nd - Just Blue - Annie Rimell
3rd - Buckingham Boys - Clare Poole
4th - Choux D'Amour - Claire Oliver
5th - Dance Island - Cathy Beaumont
6th - Double Brandy - Louise Marden
7th - So Wise So Young - Alison Squibb
8th - Sir Charlie Hutch - Hettie Keyes
9th - Ardroe Hill - Becky Hunt
10th - Or Bleu - Heather Kemp
Veteran Winner - Ardroe Hill - Becky Hunt
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the series and at the Hickstead Final. It was a great day.
Thursday 21st August - Unaffiliated dressage inc RoR at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT. Contact RoR Regional Co-Ordinator, Anne Parkinson E: firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Friday 29th August - Flatwork training Clinic with Amy Bannister at Tushingham Arena, Tushingham House Farm, Wobbs Lane, Tushingham, Whitchurch, SY13 4QR. Amy is a BHSi SE & SM, and predominantly coaches and rides along with dressage judging, competing and producing a small number of homebreds. The cost is £25 per horse for RoR registered horses. To book now contact Anne Parkinson, M: 07807 890903 or E: email@example.com
Saturday 30th August - NEW Try Side Saddle with your RoR at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT. Contact RoR Regional Co-Ordinator, Anne Parkinson E: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for this event.
Sunday 31st August - Unaffiliated dressage inc RoR at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT. Contact RoR Regional Co-Ordinator, Anne Parkinson E: email@example.com with any enquiries.
Sunday 31st August - NEW Hunter Trials inc RoR at Cumberland Farmers Hunt - More information to follow but if you would like to register your interest now, then please contact RoR Regional Co-Ordinator, Anne Parkinson E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatcanyasay ridden by Robyn Gray has won the RoR/Tattersalls Scottish Show Series Championship held at the Royal Highland Show on 19th June 2014.
Well done to this great partnership who qualified last year at the BHS Borders Grand Compeition Day at Jedburgh. This 13-year-old gelding is clearly relishing his second career in the show ring. As a racehorse he also visited the 'winners enclosure' having triumphed in four races over jumps.
More news on Whatcanyasay and the Championship to follow soon.
RoR Central are so lucky to have secured for RoR horses and riders private 40 minute training lessons with top coach Tim Downes on Sunday 5th October 2014 at Ingestre Stables, Ingestre, Stafford ST18 0RE.
Each of the lessons is offered at the discounted rate of £45 for individual lessons, or as a shared lesson of 40 minutes at the reduced rate of £25 per rider. Spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis. To book download the BOOKING FORM.
Tim Downes is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, a List 1 Dressage Judge and British Dressage Master Judge, a 4* international 3 day event judge and a British Eventing Master Coach. He is a Chief Assessor for the BHS, a UKCC Assessor and an FEI Olympic Solidarity trainer. Tim has competed in all of the Equestrian Olympic Disciplines and has produced many horses from untrained to advanced levels of competition. He regularly conducts clinics in Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and in the UK. Tim has spent the last 20 years visiting Hong Kong twice per year specifically retraining racehorses and he says: "it is a subject with which he has a great deal of affinity!"