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News

Amy would love to hear from you! - 01/04/2015

Sherkhan wins inaugural 2014 RoR/Stevey's Lad Showing League - 28/03/2015

Saturday 4th April Clinic with Tintin Van Rijckevorsel - 24/03/2015

Saturday 30th May Dressage Clinic with Harry Payne at Silsworth Lodge, Crick, Northants - 24/03/2015

Sunday 5th April RoR Cross Country Clinic with Bill Levett, Suffolk - 23/03/2015

Sunday March 16th RoR Team Dressage Results - 18/03/2015

Good turnout for NEH vets talk on 12th March - 17/03/2015

Dressage Clinics wth Tim Downes Dressage - 17/03/2015

NEW - 2nd April RoR Dressage Clinic with Julie Hyslop, Leicestershire - 17/03/2015

NEW - 26th April Showing Clinic with John Conifey at Sparsholt College, Hampshire - 17/03/2015

Glory in the Goodwood Estate RoR Fun Ride 18th April - 11/03/2015

Retrained Racehorses to have their own Club Championship at the British Showjumping National Championships - 09/03/2015

NEW 25th March 2015 Eventing Clinic with Sam Penn, East Sussex - 07/03/2015

Gold Cup Champions at RoR Cheltenham Parade - 03/03/2015

RoR North East Forthcoming Education and Training - 27/02/2015

RoR winner at Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards - 24/02/2015

2015 The Jockey Club RoR Show Series offers 2,500 prize pot! - 23/02/2015

RoR Riding Club Challenge for 2015 - 16/02/2015

18th April RoR Showjumping Clinic with Andrew Hamilton, - 09/02/2015

2015 RoR Riding Club Challenge underway - join in! - 09/02/2015

Dressage and Show Jumping lessons with Tanya Bridgeman in Lincolnshire - 05/02/2015

Weathering Winter by RoR's Ask The Expert Rowena Cook - 29/01/2015

RoR Residential Training Camp at Parkend Equestrian Centre 4th to 5th May, Parkend Equestrian Centre, Hexham - 23/01/2015

Education and Retraining for your RoR.. - 22/01/2015

2015 Clinics and Competitions at Crow Wood Equestrian, Burnley - 22/01/2015

12th March Katie Jerram Showing Clinic, Selkirk - 21/01/2015

David Gatherer Clinics coming up - 21/01/2015

NEW - 2015 Events for Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham - 08/01/2015

New for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues across the country! - 29/12/2014

New for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues across the country! - 29/12/2014

Amy would love to hear from you! - 01/04/2015

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Amy Westcott-Allen would love to find out more about you and what you want across RoR West to help her plan education and training events around the region. She hope that you can spare a couple of  minutes to complete this short survey - Take the survey now

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Sherkhan wins inaugural 2014 RoR/Stevey's Lad Showing League - 28/03/2015

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Congratulations to Rachel Thomas and her former racehorse, Sherkhan the winner of the inaugural RoR/Stevey's Lad Showing League (pictured below).  Rachel was presented with the perpetual bronze trophy at the Jo Callwood Clinic held at Pencoed College on 21st March.

Clare Poole, RoR Regional Co-ordinator is delighted with the first year and said: "Well done to Rachel and everyone who has competed in this new initiative.  We are already underway now with this year's competition, which started 1st March 2015 - so please do enter and give it a go!"

RoR/Stevey's Lad Showing League 2015 runs from March 1st to October 31st 2015 .  Points are awarded for placings in ex-racehorse specific classes at both Affiliated and Unaffiliated level.  Rosettes are awarded to 10th for Ridden and In Hand sections and the overall points champion will receive the RoR/Stevey's Lad Perpetual Bronze to be kept for one year.  There are also prizes in kind donated by RoR. 

To register and receive an entry form please email cpoole@ror.org.uk.

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Saturday 4th April Clinic with Tintin Van Rijckevorsel - 24/03/2015

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Another great training opportunity with Tintin Van Rijckevorsel at Gravel Pits, Rudgwick, RH12 4DT on Saturday 4th April 2015. Whatever you might need help with, from contact issues to smart dressage moves, from poles on the floor to complicated grids, Tintin can help a wide range of riders and their ex racehorse. 

If you are just getting started with your retraining then it is an ideal time to come for a lesson  - never think you haven't done enough to come for a lesson as it is best to the basics spot on.  Each lesson with Tintin is a 45 minute individual lesson and is £25 per rider. You choose if you want to work on your flatwork, jumping or a combo of both.

To book a place now, then please email pboyle@ror.org.uk with Tintin in the subject bar.

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Saturday 30th May Dressage Clinic with Harry Payne at Silsworth Lodge, Crick, Northants - 24/03/2015

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RoR Dressage Clinic with Harry Payne at Silsworth Lodge, Crick, State, NN6 7SH on Saturday 30th May 2015.  This clinic will be open to all riders at any stage of retraining their ex-racehorses and the cost per session is discounted to £35 per rider per 45 minute private session for RoR registered horses. To book now download the BOOKING FORM.

Harry currently competes at International level as a dressage rider and has also three day evented at International level too.  He is a busy dressage coach and holds the UKCC Level 3 (Dressage). He is an International Eventing judge and a list 2A Dressage judge. He is also a BHS Stable Manager. Harry's philosophy is to train his riders and horses to produce the best performance of which they are capable, by making the learning process logical and easy to understand, and above all, an enjoyable experience.

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Sunday 5th April RoR Cross Country Clinic with Bill Levett, Suffolk - 23/03/2015

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NEW Cross Country Clinic (80cm-100cm) with professional event rider Bill Levett At Herringswell XC Course, Herringswell, Suffolk IP28 6ST on Sunday 5th April 2015 at 1.30pm. Cost: £40 per horse/rider (shared lesson – 4 in group for 1.5 hours).

To book a place now - please download this BOOKING FORM.  IMPORTANT: Please note that in order to do this session, you MUST be able to jump 80cm minimum height.  Fences will range from 80cm-100cm.

Bill brings a wealth of experience and has competed sucCessfully at four-star level – Burghley, Badminton & Luhmuhlen, and last year realised his longstanding dream of representing Australia at a Championship, the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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Sunday March 16th RoR Team Dressage Results - 18/03/2015

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Thank you to all of the riders who braved the horrid weather for the RoR Team Dressage on Sunday at Pachesham Ec. It was great to meet a lot more of you and all riders and ex racehorses, Pippa Boyle RoR Regional Co-oridnator said that everyone who took part really did the RoR proud.  Congratulations and here are the full results of Team Placings and Individual Dressage.

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Good turnout for NEH vets talk on 12th March - 17/03/2015

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Over forty people came along to listen to talks from veterinary experts Jennie Henderson and Mark Tunstill at the NEH on Thursday 12th March.

RoR Regional Co-ordinator, Colleen Salmon said: "Jennie's talk was most informative as she tried to cover as much as she could in the time on the subject of colic, as well as touching on grass sickness and sycamore poisoning. Whilst Mark undertook the grim talk of having your horse put to sleep and the choices when the time comes."

"Both talks were very well received by everyone with lots of questions being asked during and after the talks.  It was nice to finish the evening after such a morbid subject, with everyone socialising and new faces to the RoR being introduced to some of the regulars to our RoR events."  For the full report on the evening please click here.

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Dressage Clinics wth Tim Downes Dressage - 17/03/2015

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Three more dates for private 40 minute training lessons with top coach Tim Downes on Saturday 9th May, Sunday 7th June, Saturday 4th July 2015 at Ingestre Stables, Ingestre, Stafford ST18 0RE. 

Cost £45 per rider per 40 minute private session or £25 per rider per 40 minute shared between two, or a further discount of £120 for all 3 dates for 40 minutes private (£85 for 2 dates) and £60 for all 3 dates for Shared lessons (£45 for 2 dates) for RoR registered horses payable in advance – 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!"

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NEW - 2nd April RoR Dressage Clinic with Julie Hyslop, Leicestershire - 17/03/2015

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NEW RoR Dressage Clinic with BHSAI Julie Hyslop on Thursday 2nd April at Vale View EC, Old Dalby near Melton Mowbray. Cost £25 per RoR horse/rider for a 45-minute one-to-one session to include arena hire. To book now please complete this BOOKING FORM.

Julie Hyslop brings a wealth of experience, coaching and competing. She has competed many times in national dressage championships, evented, team chased, and enjoyed success at county level showing having qualified for HOYS.  She colleges her own horse at PSG and trains at Inter 1 at home and has a passion for retraining former racehorses.

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NEW - 26th April Showing Clinic with John Conifey at Sparsholt College, Hampshire - 17/03/2015

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RoR Showing Clinic with John Conifey on Sunday 26th April at Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2NF, which will be followed by a showing demonstration from 4pm to 6.30pm.  John, a judge on 12 panels and RoR Council Member, will share his knowledge and experience of successfully producing ex-racehorses for the show ring and what judges are looking for.

If you are at the stage where you'd like to learn the correct way of going and to show your horse off to its best, then you can pre-book to come along with your horse for a group lesson with two per group for just £20 per RoR registered horse/rider - please complete and return this BOOKING FORM.

Otherwise, why not come along to the showing demonstration to watch some top retrained racehorses at the showing demonstration later in the day, when the audience will have the opporuntiy to also take part in the judging process with John.  Cost for spectators is just £5 ad is a unique chance to be involved, as well as gain an insight and tips from showing from the judge's perspective. 

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Glory in the Goodwood Estate RoR Fun Ride 18th April - 11/03/2015

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Why not join RoR for this fundraising event by taking part  in the first-ever RoR fun ride for retrained racehorses around the beautiful Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex.

The RoR fun ride will take place on the Saturday 18th April, thanks to the kind permission of the Goodwood Estate. Riders will follow a ten mile route around the glorious estate to raise money for RoR. 

Money will be raised through an entry fee of £25 per horse/rider (RoR regisered horses only). For an entry form please click here or email pboyle@ror.org.uk by the 6th April 2015 latest. (note: the running of this event is dependant on sufficient entry numbers - so enter asap!)

More details will be given of the finalised route nearer the time – the ride will most likely start from Goodwood Racecourse at 11am (TBC).   The route and pace will be tailored so that riders  can stroll around sedately or go a bit faster if they wish!  

RoR South East Regional Co-ordinator and organiser of the fundrasing RoR Fun Ride said:-

"We want everyone to feel happy and relaxed whilst taking part, and so everyone will be asked at what sort of pace they would like to do the ride so we can send everyone off accordingly. There won’t be any jumps available due to insurance reasons. It's going to be a fantastic day out and a fun way to raise money for RoR."

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Retrained Racehorses to have their own Club Championship at the British Showjumping National Championships - 09/03/2015

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RoR in conjunction with British Showjumping are delighted to announce their further alignment with the sport via the introduction of a National Championship class for Retrained Racehorses competing at Club level.

The RoR Club Championships will take place at the British Showjumping National Showjumping Championships which take place at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park in August 2015 and will carry a prize fund of £1,000. 

A national RoR Club League will be introduced to run alongside the 2014-2015 Club Leagues, which culminate on the 30th June, which will be used to identify  the top thirty horse/rider combinations whom will receive an invitation to compete in the Championship class which will have a first round height of 85cm rising to 90cm in the jump off.

Underpinning the championship will be regional RoR Showjumping training which will be administered by each of the regions respective Development Officer.  This training will be tailored specifically for owners and riders of former racehorses with a view to assisting them ease their horse as effortlessly as possible into their new competitive career.

For those wishing to focus on qualifying for the Championship class, Club Membership is just £30 per year for both horse and rider and also gives you the added opportunity of qualifying for one of the four Club Championship titles on offer which span the four height categories of 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 1.0m whilst monitoring your progress on regional league tables.  Once joined you just need to register with RoR and then notify British Showjumping that you have done so.

To find out more about Club Membership and Club Shows visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/membership/club-membership

This championship extends the generous support that RoR have given British Showjumping at both Club and National  level since 2010 respect of their National Recognition Awards.  The leading ex-racehorse on each of the regional Club Leagues will continue to receive branded products for both themselves and their rider at the end of each qualifying period.   At a National Level, RoR will continue to acknowledge the performances of ex-racehorses with a £2,500 cash award given to the owner of the horse with the highest number of points on the leagues along with a further five cash awards of £500.  For more information on the RoR National Recognition Awards visit www.ror.org.uk/series_jumping

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NEW 25th March 2015 Eventing Clinic with Sam Penn, East Sussex - 07/03/2015

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Join experienced event rider Sam Penn at Golden Cross EC, East Sussex, BN27 3SS on Wednesday 25th March 2015 for either a flat work or jumping session. Cost £20 per horse/rider for 1 hour 15 minute lesson in a group of 4. To book please email Sam Penn at sam@sampenneventing.co.uk stating your name, horse name and RoR number with RoR clinic in the subject bar. 

Sam is passionate about retraining former racehorses and has enjoyed great successes including retraining her own RoR horse Seven o Seven with placings in the top ten at 2* and at 3* level taking in Burghley and Blenheim. She regularly has sub 30 dressage scores, so this clinic would suit eventers and budding eventers, looking to improve on their dressage skills, as well as providing some all important jumping tuition before the start of the season.

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Gold Cup Champions at RoR Cheltenham Parade - 03/03/2015

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On the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10, two previous Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, Kauto Star and Denman, will be among the former racecourses appearing in the Retraining of Racehorses' (RoR) parade.They will be joined by Big Buck's, who created history in 2012 by becoming the first four-time winner of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and who participates in the parade for the first time.

The RoR parades were introduced in 2008 to showcase the adaptability of racehorses when re-trained for a second career and are now an established part of the major Jump racing festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as featuring at British Champions Day at Ascot in October.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: "To have Gold Cup, Grand National and World Hurdle winners in the parade is fantastic and it will be great for the Cheltenham racegoers to see so many old favourites. However, just as important from the charity's perspective are those horses that have channelled their talents into a whole new discipline.

"For example, Grand Crus who is now showjumping, Jack The Giant is now a champion in the show-ring and both Comply or Die and Kauto Star have successfully adapted to dressage.

"Also parading will be Ortolan, a horse less well known to racegoers, but the joint RoR Elite Eventing Champion ridden by Polly Stockton, a member of the British World Class Performance squad.

"For RoR to have the opportunity to parade horses at events such as the Cheltenham Festival is a real privilege and forms an important part of our strategy to increase awareness of the work the charity does facilitating the retraining of racehorses."

The ten former racehorses and riders in this year's RoR Parade are :-

1. BIG BUCKS (Hunting) - Lucy Tucker - 12 years old by Cadoudal
2. BLAZING BAILEY (Hunting) - Sarah Welford - 13 year old bay gelding by Mister Baileys
3. COMPLY OR DIE (Dressage) - Verity Green - 16 year old by Old Vic
4. DENMAN (Team Chasing) - Charlotte Alexander - 15 year old by Presenting
5. GRANDS CRUS (Showjumping) - Nicola Topper - 10 year old by Dom Alco
6. JACK THE GIANT (Showing) - Allister Hood -13 year old by Giant's Causeway
7. KAUTO STAR (Dressage) - Laura Collett - 15 year old bay gelding by Village Star
8. MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (Hunting) - Tracey Phillips - 15 year old bay gelding by Nashamaa
9. ORTOLAN (Eventing) - Polly Stockton - 10 year old chestnut gelding by Next Desert
10. SENTRY DUTY (Hunting) - Emma Carpenter - 13 year old by Kahyasi
To read the full racing and retirment biographies of each horse in this year's parade click here.

 

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RoR North East Forthcoming Education and Training - 27/02/2015

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Thursday 26th February to June 2015 RoR Clinics with Charlotte Wilson at Snainton EC, Station Rd, Snainton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 9AP.

Charlotte's clinics always are popular as she brings a weatlh of expertise and experience for all levels; as she is also a UKCC Level 3 coach for British Dressage and British Horse Society Generic, as well as a list 4 judge. British Riding School instructor and former RoR Champion, Charlotte Wilson, is running flatwork clinics on the following dates: -

  • Thursday 26th February,
  • Thursday 19th March,
  • Thursday 30th April,
  • Thursday 21st May
  • Thursday 18th June

RoR is offering a subsidised rate of just £25 for an individual or £20 each rider with two horses sharing a lesson with Charlotte. It is essential that you book in advance, please download the BOOKING FORM and return by post with a cheque to Vicky Smart (address above) to confirm any booking.

28th March Adele Mason clinic at Thornton House Farm, Sutton Lane, Barmby Moor, North Yorkshire YO42 4DD.

Each clinic will comprise of one hour sessions in groups of four riders. The cost is just £20 each, payable in advance. To book please download this BOOKING FORM.

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RoR winner at Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards - 24/02/2015

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Congratulations to Chantal Wootten, who works at Fittocks Stud in Newmarket, winner of the inaugural Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Special Recognition award at Monday night's Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

A new addition to the annual Awards ceremony, the RoR Special Recognition award recognises the contribution made by members of Stud and Stable Staff towards the re-training of racehorses.

The Special Recognition award was presented to Chantal by jockey Ryan Moore for her work with former racehorse Purple Moon.  To view the film about Chantal and Purple Moon  - click here

Now twelve years old, Purple Moon enjoyed his greatest racecourse successes in the care of Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani, who prepared the horse to win the famous Ebor handicap at York and to be runner-up in the 2007 Melbourne Cup.

Chantal took Purple Moon under her wing upon his retirement to the Cumani's stud, Fittocks Stud, in 2011. Since then, and through Chantal’s hard work and dedication, Purple Moon has enjoyed as much success in his second career of Showing. The duo's highlight was winning their class at the national RoR finals at Hickstead in 2014. The pair have also twice qualified for the Horse of the Year Show and landed a high profile win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2013.

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2015 The Jockey Club RoR Show Series offers 2,500 prize pot! - 23/02/2015

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The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series will run for the second year in 2015, and this year's Series Champion will now also be eligible to compete for the RoR Supreme Champion Elite prize of £2,500 at the Aintree in August.

Last year’s Series was won by Hero Worship, ridden by Kent based Abi Drury who said:

“Hero Worship loved the atmosphere in the indoor arena at Aintree, it was a great confidence building experience for both of us and that feeling of winning and competing at the Aintree Show ring last year was amazing.”

Open to Thoroughbred mares or geldings, who are at least four-years-old and who have all previously raced in Britain, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date starting 21st March 2015. The qualifiers, which begin in March, lead up to the Novice Championship Final at Aintree Racecourse for the RoR National Championships in 29-30 August. To qualify for the championship competitors will need to be placed within the first three at one of the qualifying classes taking place at locations throughout the country.

For the qualifiers, The Jockey Club’s sponsorship will provide rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show awarded in addition to the standard prize money on offer. The Championship’s overall Champion and Reserve will win money and prizes in kind, as well as then be eligible to compete for the RoR Supreme Championship Elite prize of £2,500.
 

Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive, The Jockey Club, said:

“At The Jockey Club, the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses after they retire from horseracing is a consideration we take seriously in line with our mission to act for the good of the sport.

“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with British racings dedicated charity, RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.”

To find out more about this year's show series and qualifiers click here

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RoR Riding Club Challenge for 2015 - 16/02/2015

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Running for the second year and gathering momentum the 2015 RoR Riding Club Challenge awards RoR rosettes to the highest points scoring ex racehorse in a range of competitions across the country. Here is the current list of Participating Riding Clubs - please contact the club's direct to find out more information and competition schedules.

If your Riding Club is interested in getting involved in this year's RoR Riding Club Challenge please contact Pippa Boyle by e-mail: pboyle@ror.org.uk.

To be eligible to win the RoR Challenge rosette, your horse must be RoR registered and your RoR number must be marked clearly on the respective club's competition entry form. To register your horse with RoR click here.

 
Picture is courtesy of Chris Lax Photography www.chrislax.co.uk

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18th April RoR Showjumping Clinic with Andrew Hamilton, - 09/02/2015

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New Andrew Hamilton Showjumping Clinic at Ian Stark Equestrian Centre on Saturday 18th April. There are 12 spaces available for RoR's at a cost of £20.00 per head, places will be on a first come first served basis.  To book complete this Booking Form and return with your payment to Carol Magee.

Further details on Andrew Hamilton can be found on his website www.andrewhamiltoncoach.co.uk

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2015 RoR Riding Club Challenge underway - join in! - 09/02/2015

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Running for the second year and gathering momentum the 2015 RoR Riding Club Challenge awards RoR rosettes to the highest points scoring ex racehorse in a range of competitions across the country. Here is the current list of Participating Riding Clubs - please contact the club's direct to find out more information and competition schedules.

If your Riding Club is interested in getting involved in this year's RoR Riding Club Challenge please contact Pippa Boyle by e-mail: pboyle@ror.org.uk.

To be eligible to win the RoR Challenge rosette, your horse must be RoR registered and your RoR number must be marked clearly on the respective club's competition entry form. To register your horse with RoR click here.

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Dressage and Show Jumping lessons with Tanya Bridgeman in Lincolnshire - 05/02/2015

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Book a one-to-one dressage or show jumping lesson with top producer and BD trainer Tanya Bridgeman.  Tanya is a highly regarded producer of top young horses and has a particular focus on age classes, working with confidence boosting for competition riders and also riders of all levels. Tanya is also a coach across the disciplines, BD trainer, BHSII(Reg) and BD Judge and is on the program for the European 2* team selection. 

Individual lessons at Wickenby, Lincolnshire LN3 5AN on the following dates in 2015:- 
 

  • Saturday 28th February - Cancelled
  • Saturday 21st March
  • Saturday 25th April
  • Saturday 17th May
  • Saturday 28th June

Cost £25 for RoR registered horses. To book your lesson now please download and complete the Booking Form (please specifiy the date you wish to attend on the form).  For more information then please contact cstringer@ror.org.uk

 

 

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Weathering Winter by RoR's Ask The Expert Rowena Cook - 29/01/2015

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One minute it is cool and wet, then we are frozen out, then its so warm its better than the average British Spring!  Such drastic changes in the weather does cause difficulties for owners, particularly for those with horses living out 24/7 or out by day and in at night.

The primary reason is the rugging dilemma such drastic changes present as, just as it important that a horse is kept warm, equally so, he does not want to be overheated either. With these sorts of conditions it is all too easy for a horse to catch a chill (because, however mild it is, it is not like summer weather where the atmosphere is generally drier).

For horses that are not rugged all an owner can do is keep a check on their charges for any signs that indicate a chill - runny nose, coughing, shivering, not eating - and then act accordingly.  For the unclipped horse that does come in at night, even though it may not feel particularly warm to you, your horse may feel differently so check for signs of sweating or a clammy feel to the skin. Make sure the stable is well-ventilated.  Much as you may be tempted to pop on a cooler, be mindful that once removed, the body temperature will drop quite quickly and this could have a negative rather than a positive effect.  If you do decide to use a cooler, be sure to remove it for at least half an hour before turning out to give the body chance to adjust.
Regarding the rugged up horse, it is very important to check properly under the rugs to feel what is happening; a quick pull of the ears or feel down the neck is not good enough.  The shoulders and flanks are usually the first sites to sweat so any detection of clamminess or even very warm skin should be acted upon.  Under rugs should be removed and, depending upon how warm the horse actually is, a lighter top rug used.  The situation can be helped by using a cooler type rug next to the skin as this will guard against the horse feeling suddenly too cool if the temperature drops during some heavy rain, etc.

Obviously life is much simpler for the stabled horse as it is easier to check on body condition and adjust rugs and ventilation to suit. Even if your horse has not actually sweated, if his body temperature has raised significantly he may well be displayed some adverse behaviour or that which is not normally his style in his efforts to bring attention to the fact that he is too warm and so is probably feeling itchy too.  Look out for the stabled horse moving around much more than he normally does, perhaps kicking out and bucking, being a bit niggley and maybe even trying to take a nip at you; has he drunk more water than is usually the case or perhaps not eaten up - such signs, although obviously possibly meaning other things, in the first instance could well be due to your horse just being too hot in relation to his wardrobe.

Although the days are lengthening a bit now, many horse owners are still attending to their horses each morning and evening by artificial light of varying effectiveness, especially during the week when they are at work and so on.  However good your lighting system is though, no light is as good as natural light.  This means that at the times you do see your horse in proper daylight it is important to check him over thoroughly for any little cuts, lumps and bumps that you may have easily missed previously.  This is equally applicable to the stabled horse as the turned out horse as things can easily go undetected under rugs – check that no areas are becoming sore from chaffing; there are various products on the market to protect the delicate shoulders and withers, but the spine and hips can also suffer, especially on thin skinned horses.  The problem is not necessarily caused by rugs that do not fit properly but the pressure exerted by the sheer weight of some of them.  Make sure that all fastenings are secure - the last thing you want is for your horse to spend a day in the wet and cold with his rug hanging off.

So make it a policy to give your horse a very close inspection every 3-4 days from hoof to ears (if you cannot check daily) to pick up on anything unusual such as a swelling, check for scabs especially on the legs as these can easily be hidden by winter feather, check the mouth and teeth, underneath the elbow and up between the hind legs are also areas where little cuts and scratches can go undetected.

For the winter woollies it is important to bury your fingers into the thick coat over the entirety of the body and legs to ensure a thorough check; this also provides a good opportunity to check for any weight loss - a thick winter coat can hide a rather lean torso. 

Make sure also that all is well with shoes and that the feet are generally in a healthy condition.  The stabled horse is just as prone to such diseases as thrush as the turned out horse and in many cases more so because at least the horse at grass is moving around more and so stimulating the frog.  Mud fever is the most common winter ailment; the quicker it is detected and treated the better as it is a very comfortable condition for a horse to ensure.

Horses have no less requirement for water in colder weather – it is that warm weather increases the requirement.  Some horses do not like drinking icy water. Whilst it is easy to protect water buckets in the stable from freezing obviously this cannot be so easily achieved outside so you will have to offer it warmed as least morning and night if your horse is living out. Remove chunks of ice from water troughs as these can put horses off from attempting to drink – and the spikey edges can cut delicate noses

Whilst your may have gone into the winter carrying a nice bit of condition, often as we head into February/March, horses can drop weight for seemingly no apparent reason.   There is an array of conditioning feeds on the market but linseed is one of the most beneficial additions to the diet and it also has numerous other health benefits too such as being good for the ulcer prone or arthritic horse. Horses should be offered plenty of quality fibre not only to keep the digestive tract in good health but also because fibre-digestion produces warmth so acts as your horse’s central heating system.

Remember that cold muscles are tight muscles so allow extra time for your warm-up; this will also help guard against such conditions as azoturia. Similarly let your horse cool down so that the muscles are less likely to cramp.   Do use an exercise rug to help keep the back warm – this may also prevent a few bucks as some horses can stick a few in on a cold day!

If your horse is in more during the winter you may find that his legs fill; this is only a circulatory issue and bandaging can help as can use of therapy boots, magnetic wraps and similar.

Some livery yards restrict grazing over the winter to limit poaching; if you are concerned about getting on a horse that has not been able to let off some of his natural exuberance in the field, then give him a 5-10 minute lunge before getting on. This of course is helpful for warming up too.  

The last few weeks of winter do seem to drag on and the lull between winter ending and Spring announcing its arrival can actually be harder to cope with as grass cover is generally at its leanest so horses get bored in the field; colder drier conditions tend to be overtaken by wetter weather but temperatures are still down (grass stops growing at under 5 degrees). This is a time when horses can also go off in their coats and skin get a bit dry.  The addition of oil to the diet is the best remedy for this.

If you have any concerns about your horse’s health do consult with your veterinary surgeon but for general questions or queries about winter care and feeding, please contact Ask The Experts - Rowena and Fred Cook - on asktheexperts@ror.org.uk or call 01780-740773.

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RoR Residential Training Camp at Parkend Equestrian Centre 4th to 5th May, Parkend Equestrian Centre, Hexham - 23/01/2015

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Two day RoR Training Camp with Charlotte Ridley and David Gatherer for RoR registered horses held at Park End Equestrian Centre in Hexham. The total cost for the 2 days is £160.00 and includes: -

  • 4 lessons over the 2 days covering all 3 disciplines,
  • 1 nights stabling with bedding included for Monday 4th May,
  • 1 home cooked three course meal on Monday evening,
  • Accommodation with all amenities (shared accommodation) and full use of the Heated Indoor Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi for the duration.

Note: For those wishing to arrive the day before (3rd May) or stay an extra evening after the 2 days, this can be arranged at an extra cost of £10 for stabling and £10 for evening meal/accommodation. To book complete and download the BOOKING FORM - places are limited, we would strongly recommend if you are interested that you book asap. Please also contact Carol Magee, RoR's Regional Co-ordinator in Scotland by e-mail: carolannmagee@aol.com or 07811 460380 for further information.

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Education and Retraining for your RoR.. - 22/01/2015

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Sunday 8th February RoR Show Jumping Training with Corrinne Collins, International GB Showjumper and Leading Lady 2002 at Crossmere Farm, Brereton, Somerford, Cheshire, CW12 4SU. Cost £25 per RoR registered horse/rider. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

NEW Thursday 12th February XC Technique with international event rider Michael Owen starting at 10am at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, Organsdale Farm, Middlewich Road, Kelsall, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0SR. Cost for a shared 45 minutes lesson for two riders is £30 per rider. 

Sunday 22nd February RoR Show Jumping Training with Corrinne Collins at Crossmere Farm, Brereton, Somerford, Cheshire, CW12 4SU. Cost £25 per RoR registered horse/rider. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

NEW Sunday 15th March Show Jumping Clinic wth Kim Belton starting at 10am at Tushingham Arena, Wobbs Lane,Tushingham, Nr. Whitchurch, Cheshire. Cost for a shared 45 minutes lesson for two riders is £20 per rider.  To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

NEW Sunday 15th March Introduction to Showing with Jo Callwood starting at 10am at Alsager Equestrian Centre, Chells Hill, Church Lawton, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3RJ. Cost for a shared one hour lesson for two riders is £20 per rider.  To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

Sunday 22nd March Dressage training with Libby Williams at New Pharm, Twemlow, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Libby is an experienced trainer who was fomerely the head girl for Stephen Clarke and Ferdi Eilberg. Cost £25 per RoR registered horse/rider. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

Sunday 12th April Dressage training with Libby Williams at New Pharm, Twemlow, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Cost £25 per RoR registered horse/rider. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with your payment.

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2015 Clinics and Competitions at Crow Wood Equestrian, Burnley - 22/01/2015

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RoR Unaffiliated Dressage at Crow Wood EC qualifying for RoR North West U/A Final in September 2015. For more information, dates and entries visit www.crowwoodequestrian.com.

Saturday 14th March 2015 - RoR Dressage Training with Jo Graham at Crow Wood EC
Renowned 4* International dressage judge Jo Graham is holding another of her popular RoR Dressage training clinics. The cost is £30 per RoR horse. To book please complete the booking form and return with full payment.

Friday 20th March - RoR Challenge/Working Hunter Clinic with Jo Callwood - Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT. The cost is £25 per RoR horse. To secure your place, please complete the BOOKING FORM  and return with full payment.

Friday 24th April - RoR Challenge/Working Hunter Clinic with Jo Callwood - Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT. The cost is £25 per RoR horse. To secure your place, please complete the BOOKING FORM  and return with full payment.

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12th March Katie Jerram Showing Clinic, Selkirk - 21/01/2015

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Katie Jerram Showing Clinic/Demo at Ian Stark Equestrian on Thursday March 12th from 7-9pm. This is always a great evening and very informative. RoR Scotland are looking to find 10 horses who would be happy to be part of the demo - please complete this FORM. The cost to the riders will be £20.00.

For more information, please contact Carol Magee on 07811 460380 or email cmagee@ror.org.uk

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David Gatherer Clinics coming up - 21/01/2015

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Saturday March 14th at Ardmedden Equestrian, Ardmedden, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0AG. Cost £20 per RoR registered horse/rider. To book download this Booking Form and return to Carol Magee together with your payment.

Easter Monday April 6th at Netherton Equestrian , Netherton Farm, Aberargie, Perthshire PH2 9NE
. Cost £20 per RoR Registered horse/rider. To book download this Booking Form and return to Carol Magee together with your payment

You can be a beginner with your ex-racehorse, or more experienced, instruction with David Gatherer is tailored to suit all levels.

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NEW - 2015 Events for Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham - 08/01/2015

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RoR Regional Co-ordinator, Jackie Storey has been busy organising a range of events for 2015.  For more detailed information and to book a place, please do contact Jackie by e: bstoreyracing@aol.com.  Note: All places must be booked and paid for in advance to confirm bookings.

Sunday 22nd February RoR Cross Country Clinic with Jamie Atkinson at Waterford Farm near Durham. Cost £25 per horse/rider.

Sunday 1st March RoR Jumping Clinic with Emily Galbraith at Rookin House, Troutbeck, CA11 0SS. Cost £25 per horse/rider.

Sunday 7th March RoR Flatwork clinic with Louise Smales at Leamside EC, Whitehouse Farm, Houghton-Le-Spring, Tyne and Wear DH4 6QJ. Cost £25 per horse/rider.

Sunday 15th March RoR Jumping Clinic with Charlotte Ridley at Parkend EC, Simonburn, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2AA. Cost £25 per horse/rider.

Friday 10th April Jumping Clinic with Blyth Tait at Parkend, Simonburn, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 3AA. Cost £25 per horse rider in groups of 4 for a lesson one hour and 15 minutes in duration.  LIMITED SPACES BOOK EARLY AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Saturday 11th April Flatwork/Dressage Clinic with Margot Tiffany
at Benridge RC, Benridge Hagg, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2SB. Cost £25 per horse/rider.

Sunday 12th April RoR Cross Country Clinic with Louse Smales
at Nord Vue EC, Armathwaite, Carlisle, CA4 9TN. Cost £30 per horse/rider.

Saturday 25th April Morning Clinic with Wil Murray/afternoon with Paul Langford
at Stonechesters Equestrian, North Lane, Crook, DL15 OTZ. Cost £25 per horse/rider for a session booked with either instructor.  (Please advise which instructor you wish to have clinic with).

Saturday 25th May
RoR Qualifiers - Highland Show & RoR Challenge Windsor.

June (date tbc) 
- Cumberland County Show - RoR Qualifiers and TARRA ridden, jumping and in hand.

21st to 22nd September Residential Clinic with Charlotte Ridley & John Hill
at Parkend EC, Hexham, Northumberland. Accommodation & stabling provided. More details to follow.

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New for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues across the country! - 29/12/2014

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NEW for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues in Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training - Register your RoR now to take part! A total of 11 RoR Regional leagues will start in 2015 from 1st January until 31st December at participating venues across the country.

The aim of this new national initiative is to encourage more riders at every level to take part in local competitions with their former racehorses with the chance to earn points in Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training at both affiliated and unaffiliated competitions as well as giving the top ten in each RoR region/discipline the opportunity to qualify for the RoR National Championship Show in 2016!

It’s FREE to join the League! To take part you must register for the league by completing and returning the RoR Regional League Registration Form - click here to download the registration form.  Once registered you will then be sent back the RoR Regional League Performance Sheets, together with Information for Competitors.  Note: Your region will be allocated as per your registered RoR address.

The final results for the RoR Regional Leagues will be announced early in 2016 but interim tables will be published every 3 months.   For enquiries regarding the RoR League please e-mail regionalleague@ror.org.uk or any enquiries regarding registering your ex-racehorse with RoR, then please email msmith@ror.org.uk

For a full list of participating venues please click here.

For an overview of the competition information please click here.

Good luck and we hope that many of you will take part!

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New for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues across the country! - 29/12/2014

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NEW for 2015 RoR Regional Leagues in Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training - Register your RoR now to take part! A total of 11 RoR Regional leagues will start in 2015 from 1st January until 31st December at participating venues across the country.

The aim of this new national initiative is to encourage more riders at every level to take part in local competitions with their former racehorses with the chance to earn points in Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training at both affiliated and unaffiliated competitions as well as giving the top ten in each RoR region/discipline the opportunity to qualify for the RoR National Championship Show in 2016!

It’s FREE to join the League! To take part you must register for the league by completing and returning the RoR Regional League Registration Form - click here to download the registration form.  Once registered you will then be sent back the RoR Regional League Performance Sheets, together with Information for Competitors.  Note: Your region will be allocated as per your registered RoR address.

The final results for the RoR Regional Leagues will be announced early in 2016 but interim tables will be published every 3 months.   For enquiries regarding the RoR League please e-mail regionalleague@ror.org.uk or any enquiries regarding registering your ex-racehorse with RoR, then please email msmith@ror.org.uk

For a full list of participating venues please click here.

For an overview of the competition information please click here.

Good luck and we hope that many of you will take part!

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