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Share in Kyllachy 2yo for auction in aid of RoR and HorseBack UK - 27/04/2015

East Sussex rider with Hat's Off celebrates 10,000th! - 22/04/2015

The first and the Glorious RoR Goodwood Fun Ride! - 22/04/2015

RoR and Brightwells stage first ever sale exclusively for former racehorses - 20/04/2015

6th May Evening Talk with World-renowned Farrier Simon Curtis, Newmarket - 17/04/2015

Sunday 17th May RoR 3-Phase Challenge, Floors Castle Horse Trials - 16/04/2015

Flatwork Clinics with Charlotte Wilson at Snainton EC, North Yorks - 15/04/2015

Frankie Dettori and Richard Johnson become RoR Ambassadors - 13/04/2015

Grand Line up at Aintree for RoR Parade - 07/04/2015

Share in Kyllachy 2yo for auction in aid of RoR and HorseBack UK - 27/04/2015

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A 25% share, with all expenses included, in a 65,000gns Kyllachy colt bought at the recent Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale is up for auction, with all the proceeds to be split between the charities Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and HorseBack UK. The quarter share is one of a number of luxury lots being offered at Ascot on Wednesday 29th April as part of a charity lunch organised by Paul Roy.

Paul Roy himself is offering the chance for people to own a quarter share in the two-year-old colt who is in training with Jeremy Noseda. The winning bidder will get to name the horse and have the horse run in their colours, also included are the training and any subsequent veterinary fees for the duration of the horse's racing career. The colt will be available for viewing and paraded at Ascot on Wednesday before the auction.

Paul Roy, Chairman of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), said: “In terms of both pedigree and physique, he looks like a speedy colt who should be ready to run in four or five weeks. The successful bidder not only gets a quarter share with training fees included, but also the colt will run in their colours and they get to name him. So it is a pretty special lot.

“Furthermore, the winning bid will be split between two very worthy charities that are working closely together. RoR has made great strides in recent times and is performing an invaluable role for the racing industry by successfully promoting the versatility of the thoroughbred. Nowhere is this more apparent than the transformation undergone by Peopleton Brook, a horse that RoR donated to HorseBack UK and who now helps rehabilitate mentally and physically injured servicemen and women.

“I have been involved with good horses by Kyllachy in the past and it would give me great pleasure to see this horse win some races and give whoever buys the share a lot of fun."

Anyone wishing to register their interest in bidding for the quarter share in the Kyllachy colt should email info@ror.org.uk to receive details of the colt’s pedigree and a photograph together with guidance on how to submit a bid for the auction.

Please note that any application to bid in advance of the day must be made by e-mail to info@ror.org.uk before 12noon on Tuesday 28th April. An acknowledgement that your bid has been received will be sent to you. If your bid is below the maximum bid received you will be notified by telephone on Tuesday 28th April and offered the opportunity to increase your bid. The top bidders will be invited to participate in the live auction on the day by telephone bidding.

To view the pedigree of this 2yo by Kyllachy out of Intermission (Royal Applause) click here.

Below is a video clip of him breezing at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale in April 2015.

 

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East Sussex rider with Hat's Off celebrates 10,000th! - 22/04/2015

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At the beginning of 2015 former racehorse Hat's Off owned by Cath Fowdrey from Polegate in East Sussex became the 10,000th horse to have raced in GB to register with RoR.

RoR South East marked the occasion for Hat's Off with an evening at Kempton Races for his owner Cath and her husband, Martyn Fowdrey on Wednesday 15th April. 

Five-year-old Hat's Off retired from racing in 2013 having ran a total of 12 races. Since his retirement 'Buzz' as he is known, has been eventing and is about to embark on his second BE event of the season.

RoR Regional Coordinator, Pippa Boyle who organised the event also arranged for Hat's Off's former racing trainer, John Best and his former racing owners to join in the celebrations, which were generously provided by Kempton Racecourse.

Pippa said; "Kempton Racecourse were fantastic. Cath was presented with bottle of champagne from jockey Tom Queally and everyone had a great evening!"

Cath and Martyn were delighted too to be asked to present a prize to the winner of one of the evening's races, she said: " We had a wonderful evening at Kempton Races in honour of my little ex-racehorse.  We had a great view form the Panoramic Restaurant with a delicious meal and delightful company....the only thing missing was Buzz, he would have loved the party!"

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The first and the Glorious RoR Goodwood Fun Ride! - 22/04/2015

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Saturday, 18th April saw the first RoR Fun Ride by kind permission of the Goodwood Estate. Thank you to Goodwood who organised a fabulous 10 mile route starting and finishing from the racecourse. Goodwood have never run an event of this type, so RoR South East riders were very lucky indeed to have the chance to ride around the glorious estate.

Pippa Boyle, RoR Regional Coordinator who organised the ride, said:

"The day dawned bright and clear and apart from a bit of a chilly breeze, we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to ride around some utterly stunning West Sussex Countryside. The route followed the giant bowl that is in front of Goodwood Racecourse and one of the highlights for many riders who took part, was being able to have a jolly good canter, or a bit fast for some, along the inside of the racetrack. There were many comments of 'I could imagine I was riding the final furlongs of the Goodwood track!' "

Pippa said everyone enjoyed the day and would like to thank all of the 25 riders who took part, and also to the Goodwood Racecourse and Estate Team, the 3 volunteer marshals and Endurance South East for kindly allowing their numbers to be used.

Pictured here - Dawn Lay with Vasodilator and Nikki Glover with Father Juninho.

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RoR and Brightwells stage first ever sale exclusively for former racehorses - 20/04/2015

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The first ever public auction of racehorses being sold specifically into the sport and riding horse market for a career after racing will be held by Brightwells on Wednesday 20th May. Brightwells Auctioneers, in conjunction with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), will stage the sale at their Malvern sale ground as part of their Sport and Riding Horse Sale.

The idea of a sale dedicated to former racehorses was one of the recommendations made in the strategic review of RoR, which was completed in 2014. The concept has the support of both the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF). Entry to the Brightwells RoR Sale has been subsidised and costs £50 (+ VAT), considerably less than other thoroughbred sales. Every horse sold at the sale will have a 'Non Racing Agreement' clause added to its passport preventing the horse from racing again in its career. The closing date for entries is Friday 8th May.

Andrew Elliot, Bloodstock Manager and Auctioneer at Brightwells said:  "We are very much looking forward to the sale and we hope it will be the beginning of a long-term alliance with RoR. While Brightwells already conduct successful thoroughbred sales at Ascot and Cheltenham, this new RoR sale is specifically aimed at horses leaving the racing industry that have more to give as future competition or riding horses.
 
"Not only do owners get a subsidised entry fee, they also get piece of mind in that every sale will be accompanied by a change in the horse's passport ensuring that it can't subsequently be raced.

"We have received positive feedback from trainers regarding the initiative and we believe the venture will prove really useful for trainers and owners and, most importantly, for all suitable horses."

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “In recent years RoR has focused on increasing the demand for former racehorses within the sport horse and leisure market. The charity stages competitions for thoroughbreds across a dozen different equine disciplines, and following the success of these classes demand for former racehorses has increased.

“There are now over 10,000 horses registered on RoR's database as active in a second career and the sale is intended as another step towards facilitating the transfer of horses from a training yard to a life after racing.

The Official Retraining of Racehorses Sale with Brightwells will coincide with the launch of an online ‘for sale’ facility on the RoR website. Both initiatives are designed to help meet the demand for former racehorses in other equine disciplines and to facilitate the re-homing of horses leaving the racing industry.

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6th May Evening Talk with World-renowned Farrier Simon Curtis, Newmarket - 17/04/2015

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A talk with world renowned Farrier Simon Curtis FWCF, Hon AssocRCVS, BSc (Hons) on Wednesday evening 6th May, 6.40pm for 7pm start at Newmarket Equine Hospital, Cambridge Road, Newmarket. 

Admission is by a cash donation into RoR collecting bucket on the night and light refreshments will be provided.   This is a great opportunity to ask questions about your thoroughbred's hooves, as well as gain more general insight into farriery.

Seats MUST be reserved in advance with Colleen Salmon either by text or phone 07724 069766 or email colleensalmon@btinternet.com.  Acknowledgement of all bookings by text or e-mail will be made.

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Sunday 17th May RoR 3-Phase Challenge, Floors Castle Horse Trials - 16/04/2015

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RoR Scotland is delighted to be running for the second year, RoR 3-phase Challenge on Sunday 17th May at Floors Castle Horse Trials. This innovative three phase competition, which is kindly also supported by sponsor James Ewart Racing, is open to RoR horses age 4 years and over. 

This three-phase Challenge will start with a Dressage Test, which will then be followed immediately by a second phase to judge jumping (including style and presence whilst jumping) and then the final third phase will judge show/conformation. Entries close on 10th May 2015, so please click here to download the entry information, schedule and competition criteria

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Flatwork Clinics with Charlotte Wilson at Snainton EC, North Yorks - 15/04/2015

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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 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.

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Frankie Dettori and Richard Johnson become RoR Ambassadors - 13/04/2015

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RoR is delighted to announce that leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori have been appointed as RoR Ambassadors.  The two jockeys have first hand experience of re-homing former racehorses in that both have provided homes to horses that played a pivotal role in their respective careers.

Looks Like Trouble, who Johnson partnered to victory in the 2000 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has spent his retirement from racing being looked after by Richard and Fiona Johnson at their home in Herefordshire. While Frankie and Catherine Dettori provided a home for Fujiyama Crest, the horse that gave Dettori his seventh winner of his magnificent seven at Ascot back in 1995, until his recent passing away at the age of 23.

As part of their ambassadorial duties, Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori will attend RoR’s Parades on racecourses and make presentations at RoR competitions and events during the course of the year, including the annual RoR Awards, which were held for the first time in 2014.

Richard Johnson, said:

“It’s really important that all involved, owners, trainers and jockeys, consider what happens to horses when their racing careers are over and that we promote the fact that they can excel in other disciplines long after they finish racing. One would expect a Gold Cup winner such as Looks Like Trouble to want for nothing in his retirement, but it should not matter what they achieved on the track, they all deserve the chance of a fulfilling second career.”

Frankie Dettori added:

“Nowadays, thanks to the work of RoR, there are so many more options for former racehorses, such as polo, showing, dressage and eventing. That was not the case when I bought Fujiyama Crest at the sales 15 years ago. I don’t know what would have happened to him had we not bought him. He meant a lot to all the family and all my children rode him.”

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said:

“It’s wonderful news that Richard and Frankie have agreed to be RoR Ambassadors. They are two of the most respected riders in the country and a credit to the sport. What is more, they both recognise the importance of racing demonstrating its support for the work of RoR and, from their own first hand experience, they know exactly what is involved with giving a racehorse a second home.”

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Grand Line up at Aintree for RoR Parade - 07/04/2015

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On the Grand Opening Day at the Crabbie's Grand National Festival 2015, Thursday April 9, former winners including Comply or Die and Monet's Garden will be among the former racecourses appearing in the Retraining of Racehorses' (RoR) parade at 12.55pm before the start of the day's racing at Aintree.

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.

RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said; 

"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 includes :-

COMPLY OR DIE (Dressage) – Verity Green
16 year old by Old Vic. He ran in 31 races both over hurdles and fences, winning 8 races and over £798,000 in prize money. In 2008 he won the John Smiths Grand National and was 2nd in 2009. Since retiring in 2011, he has spent his time with Verity being a lead horse for the young horses on the gallops and hunting. This year he has taken up dressage and has already qualified for the RoR Dressage Finals at intro level.

LIVERPOOL (Showing) – Sophie Stavely (riding in place of Joanna Mason)
12 year old by Platini. He ran 6 times in national hunt bumper races and over hurdles and has had 13 starts in point to points. Having point to pointed Liverpool herself, Joanna took him on when he retired and both Joanna and her father trainer Ian Mason now ride him. He does some hunting in the winter with the Middleton Hunt and has also successfully turned his hoof to showing during the summer months. In 2014, he qualified for this year's finals at Hickstead, Royal Windsor and for the second year running he will take place in the final at the Horse of the Year Show.

MAD MOOSE (Hunting) – Sophie Burkin
11 year old by Presenting. He had 42 starts on the flat, over hurdles and fences and a winner of 7 races with over £102K in win/prize money. Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davis. Having become notoriously known for his refusing to start his races the decision was made to retire Mad Moose in December last year. He then moved to Sophie and has been hunting and are  planning starting retraining to take part at RoR show classes and dressage competitions during this summer.

MIDNIGHT CHASE (Eventing) – Sally Hayward
13 year old by Midnight Legend. He ran 30 times over hurdles and fences during a career lasting 7 years. He won 12 races and over £216K in win/prize money. Trained by Neil Mulholland. Following retirement in 2013 Midnight Chase retired to his owner's daughter Sally to start his retraining.  Last year, the duo made their debut in the show ring, which resulted in qualifying for Horse Of The Year at Burghley Show, where they came a very respectable 9th. He was also 1st reserve Champion at Aintree show in the RoR/Jockey Club Novice show series and in September 2014, the versatile Chase completed his first British Eventing competition at Hutton In The Forest. This year he is to continue eventing, as well as field mastering with Sally, who wil be Master of the hunt next season.

MONET'S GARDEN (Showing) – Jo Richards
15 year old by Roselier. He ran 32 times over hurdle and fences winning over £683,000 in prize money. He made 8 appearances here at Aintree winning The John Smith’s and Batley’s of Liverpool Hurdle in 2005 and The John Smith’s Melling Chase in 2007. He finished his racing career here at Aintree in 2010 when he won The Old Roan Chase. On his retirment from racing, Monet went to Nicky’s Daughter Jo to start retraining for a new career in the show ring.  In 2012, he returned to Aintree but this time in the show ring and finished very well in a big class of 30. He is regularly seen in the show ring through the summer months.

MONKERHOSTIN
(Hunting) – George Beilby
18 year old bay gelding by Shining Steel. He ran 61 times under rules and won 12 of these including the Coral Gold Cup here in 2004 and the Bet365 Gold up at Sandown in 2008. He notched up over £602K in win/prize money during his career which lasted 10 years. Trained by Philip Hobbs. Monkerhostin came to George and Debbie Beilby in February 2011. Monkey has been a great addition to the yard, he loves going out with the West Somerset Vale Hunt and acts as lead for children's ponies and youngsters.  He also played a huge part in helping George with his rehab after returning from army duties in Afghanistan.

PEOPLETON BROOK (Alternative Horsemanship) – Jock Hutchison
13 year old by Compton Place. Ran 93 times on the flat in sprint races during a career lasting 7 years.He won 9 races and over £60K in win/prize money. Trained by Brendan Powell.

SCOTS GREY (Team Chasing) – Emma Burton
20 year old by Terimon. He ran 44 times and won 10 races accumulating over £112,000 in prize money.  He made 4 appearances here at Aintree for this meeting and won The John Smith’s Foxhunters Chase in 2007. Trained by Nicky Henderson. Scots Grey went to Emma to go team chasing, he is a vital part of the Cunning Stunts team, being the lead horse. He has also been seen in the show ring and appeared at the Aintree Show in the performance class, as well as the RoR classes. The duo plan to start eventing this season as well.

SONEVAFUSHI (Hunting) – Samantha Coward
17 year old by Ganges. He had 54 starts on the flat and under National Hunt rules, as well as running in 26 point to points.  He won 12 races and over £119K in win/prize money.  He ran in the John Smiths Foxhunters Chase at Aintree in 2008,2009 and 2010 being placed twice and also started in the 2007 Grand National but was pulled up. Trained by Cherry Coward. Since his retirement from racing in 2010, he has enjoyed regularly hunting with the Middleton Hunt.  During the summer months “Fushi” as he is known enjoys his well-deserved breaks in the fields with the odd bit of hacking.

WHATCANYASAY (Showing) – Brian Storey
14 year old by Prince Daniel. Ran 46 times over hurdles and fences winning 4 and being placed on several occasions. He accumulated over £15K in win/prize money. Trained by Evelyn Stack. During his first season showing, he won ROR Scottish Championship at the Royal Highland show, Champion at Hambleton Show in both RoR Showing and Challenge classes and was the winner of the RoR Challenge Class at the Aintree Showing Show. He also qualified for the Royal Highland and Royal Windsor showing Finals in 2014. He was won the inaugural RoR/Jockey Club Horse of the Year Award for his tremendous achievements and great versatility.

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