There are many people around the country who retrain racehorses and RoR has compiled a list of professional retrainers recommended by racehorse trainers.
Please be advised that RoR does not endorse or recommend any retrainer. Equine charities also retrain and rehome former racehorses straight out of racing.
New Beginnings provide a safe and supportive environment for former racehorses to be re-trained and re-homed after they have finished their first career in racing. Offering them a ‘Life Past the Post’.
Based at their yard near Malton in North Yorkshire they take horses straight from racing as well as from private post racing homes, where for whatever reason circumstances have changed and they can no longer stay with their present owner.
The Charity treat each horse as an individual, each horse is assessed and given a retraining program. They allow each horse to develop physically and mentally to produce horses that can suitably and successfully be rehomed. The team are passionate about thoroughbreds and their welfare so commit to look after every horse for the rest of their natural life. Horses are ‘loaned’ to long term loving homes but will return if circumstances change, as they will never be sold.
New Beginnings have rehomed many horses that have gone on to have successful second careers’ following racing. Showing the true versatile of these magnificent horses.
Fred and Rowena Cook, Equine Management and Training
RoR Training Consultants
Equine Management and Training
Marnham House, Lattimer’s Paddock
Lincolnshire PE9 3HL
T: 01780 740773
M: 07714 957505
Recommended by Yogi Breisner (World Class Performance Manager and BE Manager), Clive Cox, Richard Phillips, Brendan Powell, James Given, Liz Prowting Racing/Hannah Bishop (Racing Manager) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA) via CRS and BRS, Newmarket. Used by numerous others but client confidentiality has to be respected. Also recommended by International Dressage Riders & Trainers Paul Hayler & Matthew Cox
- Outdoor arena, and 90″ and 50″ round pens
- XC jumps and full set SJ Jumps (Polyjumps)
- 60 x 20 dressage arena and 6 furlong canter
- 30 acres grazing
- Off road hacking on private Estate
- 24 hour supervision
- 15 boxes with rubber mats & mirrors
- Yard served by the UK’s leading Vets, Farriers and Practitioners in their field
- Full rehab service as well as retraining; horses also available for rehoming
- Ideally located just minutes from A1
Fred and Rowena have a vast knowledge and experience of all aspects of the thoroughbred, its management and training, both the racehorse and the former racehorse, and have been involved with RoR since it was founded in 2000. Their book “Re-Educating Racehorses – A Life After Racing”, as recommended by Yogi Breisner, Tina Cook and David Trott amongst others, is a best-seller.
They run their own rehab and training yard with very specialised, individual retraining and progressive schooling programmes. They are also involved in product research and development as well as veterinary and therapy studies which helps to keep them at the forefront of advances across the equestrian industry.
Godolphin Rehoming Programme
Not every Thoroughbred, no matter how illustrious its bloodlines, is destined to become a top class
racehorse. Through injury or lack of ability, some might never make it to the racecourse at all. However Thoroughbreds, as they have proved time and time again, are versatile creatures and can excel in other disciplines, such as eventing, polo or in the hunting field.
Some can even just make the perfect hack or riding horse for riders of a decent standard who have had some experience with this exceptional breed. With a little retraining and rehabilitation, a Thoroughbred can be a perfect mount for many different equine disciplines.
Our priority is the welfare of the horses in our scheme and we want them to be able to go on to successfully fulfil other roles once their racing careers have finished.
T: 07771 966426
- 6 stables
- 14 acres of grazing
- Post and rail and permanent electric fencing
- Outdoor Arena
- Cross Country Jumps
- Lunge Pen
- All weather turnout pens
- Walker from 2018
Nikki was bought up arpimd racehorses when her father had horses in training and first got her own former racehorse at the age of 12. Having worked in the equine industry and being a qualified BHS instructor, to date she has retrained 14 former racehorses who have gone on to enjoy their second careers.
With a 14 box yard, Nikki has a couple of liveries, her own horses and takes in horses for schooling, breaking and retraining. Specialising in dressage and eventing, she has a wide client base looking for their next horse.
Hole House Farm
Cheshire WA16 9JS
T: 07919 622519
Recommended by Evelyn Slack and Diane Sayer.
- Indoor American barn with 10 boxes
- Large outdoor arena with jumps
- Indoor 5 horse walker
- Equine spa
- 24 Hour supervision
- All year turn out
- 10 minutes from Somerford Park Farm & M6 Junction 18
Robyn has been working alongside racehorses for over 10 years, having been a head traveling girl and amateur jockey. She has also successfully retrained several former racehorses including RoR Horse of the Year Whatcanyasay.
Once horses arrive at this quiet family run yard, Robyn gives them a full health check, to ensure they are 100% happy and healthy to take the first step in their new careers. She has great patience to carefully work out a training plan for each individual horse depending on type, character and the owners expectations. Robyn can offer short and long term stays for horses depending how far on they are with their retraining. She believes in giving the horses time to adapt to the training naturally without using training aids as a quick fix.
Robyn is currently receiving daily tuition from an Olympic event rider, gaining huge experience with preparing youngsters for there first shows and also four star horses for events, which has taught her that attention to detail is paramount.
Kent ME14 3EL
T: 07920 772182
Recommended by Alan Bailey, Eve Johnson-Houghton, Jonathan Portman and Shadwell Estates.
- 11 purpose built stables with rubber matting
- all weather arena with full set of show jumps
- 20 acres of grazing
- hot water washroom with infra red solarium
- covered equine treadmill
- 1,000 acres of off road hacking
- 24 hour supervision
During a racing career as a professional jockey and as an Assistant Trainer Kylie became aware of the need to find suitable homes for horses coming out of training. She now retrains and rehomes approximately 35 former racehorses a year. After a period of paddock rest they receive individual attention with a mixture of flatwork, jumping and hunting depending on the character and type of each horse before finding them a new home or returning them to their owners as a riding horse. Many horses have found new careers in dressage, show jumping, polo and hunting. Some simply become happy hackers as they need a quieter life after a long racing career.
Amanda and Matthew Mills – Mills Stables
Recommended by David Dennis and Henry Daly
- 18 large stables in American style barns
- 8 large outdoor stables
- 30 x 60 outdoor floodlight arena
- 20 x 40 outdoor foodlight arena
- show jumps
- cross country schooling fences
- grass schooling fields
- horse walker
- direct access onto the Ridgeway
- use of local gallops
- individual and group turnout paddocks
- wash bay
- fully alarmed tack rooms
- horse box and trailer parking
- owners live on site
- CCTV in operation
Amanda and Matthew Mills have worked in racing for 10 and 15 years respectively. They have both worked for various trainers including Richard Lee, Pam Sly, Sir Mark Prescott and Ian Williams, where Matthew was head lad. Amanda was also head girl for International Showjumper Andrew Davies and ran a busy hunting and livery stables for Johnnie Arkwright, while Matthew worked for point to point trainer Henry Hill
In 2009, Amanda & Matthew decided to leave racing and set up their own livery and racehorse retraining stables in Oxfordshire. They currently have 5 of their own former racer horses out competing successfully in affiliated and RoR competitions. Over the last few years their horses have been winning and placed in the RoR Racehorse to Dressage Finals, RoR Ensign Eventing Challenges, RoR Tattersalls Show series and the Jockey Club Novice Ridden Show series, BD Regional and Area Championships, BE RoR sections and BS.
Amanda & Matt believe the versatility in training they can offer former racehorses who come to them is what enables them to successfully retrain so many happy, confident horses in their new careers.
David Dennis: “I have known Amanda and Matt for a number of years now and believe them to be extremely competent horse people. I would have no problems in recommending them for the re-training of any racehorse.
Previous horses that they have had in their care have been retrained very successfully and to a very high standard with the greatest of care.”
All charities depend upon the generosity of their supporters and volunteers both financially and in achieving their charitable objectives. At Moorcroft this is certainly the case, but as important is the hard-working, caring team of girls at the yard who, under the sure guidance of our manager Mary Frances, consistently operate to the highest standards at all times. Their contribution enables our charity to re-home some forty horses each year after they have been re-trained for a life after racing.
Our belief is that “correct basic training is a horses insurance policy”
The Centre’s Manager, Mary Frances BHSII & BHS.SM, has many years experience in training horses with the main emphasis on them being comfortable and sound to be ridden, to do a job. At Moorcroft, we feel that unless we get to the bottom of ‘issues’, ‘quirks’, behavioural traits’ and all the other excuses that people make for ex-racehorses then we won’t really be able to give these horses a long-term future which is what we were set up to do.
If you are interested in rehoming one of our lovely ex-racehorses, please ring Mary on 07929 666408 to discuss your requirements and our re-homing scheme. Lots of time will be given for you to try suitable horses in a relaxed environment and you can come and try a particular horse as often as you like so you can be sure it’s right for you.
All the horses hack out safely alone or in company and all are schooled with the basics as you will see from all photos on this website. We get very few horses that are going to go to Badminton!…or indeed top showjumpers.
Jason & Helen Newbold
Based on the family farm, Jason & Helen have been running a large breaking / pre training / livery yard for over seven years now. They can have up to 40 horses in at any one time and these can be anything from sales prep yearlings, pointers, show horses to happy hackers. Jason’s background involves being a NH Jockey and assistant trainer, whilst Helen has always been involved in the showing and hunting side of things.
Team Newbold have enjoyed much success in the show ring, notably with two half brothers. Deep Reflection won the Tattersalls Series at Hickstead in 2012 and HOYS in 2013, Tycoons Reflection was third in the Tattersalls Series and second at HOYS in 2015.
The pair also let their hair down with some fun filled days with the Farmers Bloodhounds, whom Jason is a Master of. Together, Jason and Helen have vast experience of racehorses before, during and after their lives on the racecourse.
- 96 loose boxes (2 areas of isolation within the yards)
- 12 various sized straw sheds for turn out of injured horses or small groups of youngsters
- Veterinary boxes with drip attachments and heat lamps
- 3 horsewalkers (1 is large and especially beneficial for horses recuperating from tendon injuries)
- 250 acres of first class grazing with paddocks in varying sizes
- Individual turnout for colts and other horses
- Outdoor floodlit school with Martin Collins All Weather surface
- CCTV in stables and sheds
- Solarium, Laser Therapy, Equissage etc
- Own horse transport and fully qualified travelling staff
HEROS (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme) is a charity dedicated to ensuring former racehorses have a future when their racing days are over. HEROS began in the early 1990s, when owners and trainers asked Grace Muir to rehome their racehorses. With a lifetime’s experience of horses, knowledge of racing, plus a range of excellent contacts, Grace knew there was scope to give these horses a second chance – with a new career.
Since she started rehoming racehorses, with the support of her father and mother Ian and Agnes Muir, Grace and her team have successfully rehomed 500+ former racehorses and gained an excellent reputation. Every new recruit to HEROS is assessed by Grace personally before being ridden by one of the experienced, fully trained staff after which a plan for re-schooling is developed. The charity aims to carefully match horses to their new careers and owners across all the equestrian disciplines.
HEROS is in the process of setting up educational and training programs for the future, to not only help people who want to work with horses, but also disadvantaged people who need to build their skills and confidence.
T:01835 870685/07971 414403
Recommended by Ian Stark OBE and Professor Natalie Waran
- 12 stables
- 11 acres of undulating, established grazing
- Post and rail with electric chord fencing
- Outdoor School
- Set of Showjumps
- Cross Country fences
- Beautiful hacking and hillwork in the Scottish Borders
Katie-Jo can help clients become more effective trainers with their horses, making them easier to handle and ride and help them to retrain difficult behaviours.
She treats all horses as individuals and take their training back to basics to enable them to learn in a predictable and simple way.
Katie-Jo believe that correct flat work is the basis to everything, whether you wish to compete your horse at dressage and show jumping, perhaps to hunt or to hack or just to make your horse safer and easier to handle from the ground. All shapes and sizes of equines are welcome on her yard and all levels of training from in-hand and foundation ridden work to those that are further on in their retrained lives can be undertaken.
Horses can be produced for Showing (Ridden and In-Hand) Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Hunting. All horses are different, not all are suited to every job but most will find their forte somewhere along their way!
Peopleton Brook Racehorse Care
Recommended by trainers Bill Turner and Tom Gretton.
- Family owned and run yard
- 12 stables
- Heated wash box and solarium
- 24 hour supervision
- All year turnout
- Access to gallops and full cross country course
- Lunging sand school
- Good hacking and hill work
- Excellent specialist equine vet nearby
- Experienced jockey for schooling/breaking
- 5 minutes off M4 (J18)
Peopleton Brook is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Beaufort country and in a quiet setting which is very relaxing for the horses. Shani and Julian have been involved with horses all their lives, Shani’s father was a farrier and bred harness racing horses, plus they have competed BSJA for many years and within county level showing, and have traveled the country to major competitions. Their son has had many years experience in racing, mainly as a jockey.
Shani and Julian started their business five years ago caring for injured racehorses which led them into the retraining of former racehorses. They now combine the two alongside working with students with learning difficulties helping them to gain qualifications and work experience.
Recommended by Jenny Pitman, Phil Kirby and Jackie McCann BVSC, CertEM(IntMed), MRCVS
- 15 internal & external stables
- 70 acres of permanent electric and post & rail paddocks
- 25 x 40 indoor school
- Grass arena
- XC fences available
- Showjumps available
- 80 acres off road hacking
- Grass gallop, hot horse shower, solarium, on site staff
- 24hr surveillance
Clare has ridden all her life and has been involved with the retraining of racehorses for a number of years now. She currently has 3 former racehorses that she has retrained herself, one very successful eventer and 2 show horses. Clare has previously worked in racing as a travelling head lass and work rider for Peter Wegmann as well as being involved in a point to point yard and Hunting yard.
Horses that Clare has produced have gone on gain placings at HOYS and Hickstead as well as the Tattersalls RoR show series. Clare has also produced horses for ladies side saddle Hunter and has qualified for all major RoR events.
Guy Robertson Horsemanship
Recommended by David Griffiths and Ruth Carr.
- 24 stables with rubber matting
- Outdoor arena
- 10 post and railed turnout paddocks
- Indoor 50ft round/lunge pen
- Training paddock
- 24hr supervision and CCTV
As a UK representative Polocrosse player Guy has been fortunate to play and retrain many former racehorses both in this country and around the world, in South Africa, New Zealand, USA and Australia, for this purpose.
Guy now run clinics, demonstrations and takes horses in to help with the process of retraining former racehorses into general riding horses used for a variety of purposes. Guy has also had the opportunity to work with horses in training to overcome starting stall problems and training issues. In addition to this Guy lectures at the Northern Racing College giving a talk on equine behaviour.
- 12 large airy rubber matted stables
- 24 hr supervision and cctv
- 4,000 acres of hacking
- outdoor floodlit arena with showjumps
- Horse walker
- Hot water shower & solarium
- 70 acres of grazing
- Own transport
Louise retrains racehorses for owner (most notable owner being HM the Queen) alongside taking in horses for training and finding them new homes. Having trained in Germany with triple Gold Olympic Medalist Monica Theodorescu, aboard her ex race horse and travelled with her as her travelling groom for four years, Louise now trains with Fiona Bigwood and Douglas Hibbert.
Louise has competed her ex racehorses upto PSG level and trained to grand Prix. She is sympathetic in her approaches to training and understands that the rider needs to feel confident and the horse needs to feel happy. She has competed on her ex racehorses at Young horse, regional, national level and been part of Talent Spotting Finals, Search for a Star Finals and U21 Rider Derbys.
Although, as a rider, Louise specialises in dressage, she also trains for eventing, show jumping, showing and hacking. Louise has pupils competing at National, regional, elite series and grass roots levels. She also trains an International Grade II Para rider, who has competed her ex racehorses at Para level as well as able bodied level.
The horses that have found new home through Thoroughbred Dressage are competing at a variety of levels (riding club through to affiliated level) and variety of disciplines, as well as some that are for hacking.
Derek Shaw Racing, Ex Racehorses
Sproxton, Melton Mowbray
Leics LE14 4RA
PLEASE NOTE: we only retrain and re-home our own former racehorses. Unfortunately we are unable to take other peoples horses for re-schooling or re-homing.
- 54 stables
- 52 acres
- Two covered horse walkers
- 24 hr supervision
- Floodlit Ménage
Derek Shaw’s wife Lyndsey has a background of showing, showjumping and eventing and has proved to be a success in retraining racehorses. Some are reschooled and some are sold straight from the track. All the horses are backed by Natural Horsemanship methods and are ridden long so used to the leg and are not allowed to go with their heads up in the air. Due to this they are reschooled very quickly with many competing in dressage in a matter of weeks from leaving the yard.
Lyndsey has a specific Facebook page dedicated to the sale of former racehorses, which also helps them to keep in contact and see how their horses are performing in their new homes. Derek and Lyndsey have built up an excellent reputation for honest sales, with Lyndsey carefully matching the horses to the individual owner/rider.
T: 07915 908328
- 2 Stables available for horses in retraining.
- Extensive turnout with stock fencning
- 400 acres of off-road hacking
- Outdoor School (half a mile hack)
Sophie has retrained upwards of 35 racehorses now from a variety of backgrounds. She has retrained mainly NH horses but have also worked with flat horses. Sophie has had several horses from the British Racing School who have all gone on to find long term homes. She regularly retrains horses for Sophie Leech in Elton who has provided her with some fantastic horses to retrain over the years. Sophie has also evented her own horse to Intermediate / 1* level and also has several young horses to bring on for this season.
T: 07821 782135
Recommended by Brian Alexander and Keith Dalgleish
- 5 boxes
- 7 acres of turnout with 5ft electric fencing
- Outdoor Arena
- Cross Country Fences
- Full set of Showjumps
- Horse Walker
Lisa has been around horses all her life and has been competing in British Eventing since 2004. She now runs her own business after spending time working for International Event riders. Combining her experience from working with event riders such as Tim Rusbridge Nick Campbell and Sammi Mcleod with riding out for Keith Dagleish, Lisa has retrained 7 former racehorses who are now enjoying their second careers and is currently training with the Bartles at the Yorkshire Riding Centre.
Lisa specialises in retraining former racehorses for a second career in eventing
Low Dubwath Farm
Carlisle CA6 6EF
T: 01228 675376
Recommended by Ann Duffield, Michael Dods.
- 24 hour supervision CCTV system
- Dutch barn 8 large boxes, 9 boxes in a renovated Cumbria sandstone farmyard, 5 isolation boxes
- 120 acres of grass to ride & graze
- All weather gallops and arena
- Country hacking on road & off road
- 20 min drive from beach, 15 min drive from forest rides. Very easy access off the M6/M74/A69
Jackie was born into the world of thoroughbred horses, and has participated in Pony Club, hunting, showjumping and point-to-pointing, before going on to work for trainers Ferdy Murphy and Ann and George Duffield. She is very much involved with RoR retraining, judging and competing in RoR competitions and is the RoR Regional Coordinator for the North. Jackie enjoys re-schooling and gently hunting her former racehorses, as well as riding them around country roads and taking them to the beach and clinics. Horses under her care have gone on to compete in showjumping, showing, dressage, as well as making great hacks and hunters.
- 200 acre site set in the Lancashire countryside
- 40 stables situated in large indoor barns
- Specialised rehabilitation unit with veterinary facilities
- Large indoor and outdoor arenas
- Horse Walker
- Wash down area and solarium
- Post and rail grazing (small, medium and large paddocks)
- Small sand pens for turnout
- Country hacking on and off road
- 24 hour on site supervision
TRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired racehorses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended. At the TRC we aim to help as many horses as possible each year to be rehomed, these horses either come straight from the racing industry or pretrained equestrian homes that for many reasons can no longer cope or care for the horse.
Each horse is assessed individually by a team of professionals before beginning a bespoke retraining programme. By appropriately retraining and rehoming exracehorses from our base in Lancashire the TRC is proud to provide a secure future for these horses for the rest of their lives. Once a horse achieves an appropriate level of retraining it is entered onto our loan scheme. All horses remain under the ownership of the TRC, and are visited regularly in their loan homes by our volunteer field officers.
Over the years the TRC has rehomed hundreds of horses where they continue to lead appropriate post-racing careers ranging from hacking and leisure riding to competitive disciplines.
Dan Titterton, MCF Equestrian
- 40 x 30 Floodlit Outdoor arena with show jumps
- Large Horsewalker
- Cross country jumps
- Dressage boards
- 20m of full length arena mirrors
- Hot horse shower
- All year turnout
- One-to-one care
- 24 hour supervision
- Own transport
Having been around racehorses from a young age, Dan has developed a passion and understanding of the thoroughbred which is stronger than ever 25 years on. He has owned, bred, and worked with racehorses in training and from the knowledge gained from that experience he is now successfully giving the horses who don’t succeed on the track a chance to shine off it.
Dan sources and purchases his own former racehorses and takes on horses from owners that need help to retrain thoroughbreds to a successful career change whether that be dressage, eventing or any other discipline. Former racehorses he has retrained have won many competitions with BD, BE, National HT Championships etc.
Please contact Dan if you require assistance with either your current horse or you are looking for a former racehorse.
Recommended by Mr Alan Munnis
- Outdoor arena
- Cross Country fences
- Lunge pen
- Amazing off road hacking
- 50 acres of grazing with post and rail fencing
Hannah has worked with a number of racehorse trainers, including Mark Gillard, John Gallagher and Mrs Fiona Shaw. She has more recently been training point to pointers from Fishmore Farm as well as producing her own event horse from BE90 to 1* level. Hannah is also a qualified BHSAI instructor.
Hannah has retrained around 10 former racehorses and successfully re-homed them as both hacks and competition horses. She is also known for her expertise in breaking, producing and pre training of National Hunt horses ready to go into training.