Stunning new film showcases the transformation of racehorses to sport horses

Image: Quadrille and Louise Robson (Courtesy of Naomi Tukker)

To mark the start of the 2017 racing season in Newmarket and the partnership that Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) enjoys with Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, this week sees the official launch of a stunning new film commissioned to showcase the transformation that many former racehorses undergo when they are re-trained for a different equine discipline.

Shot in Newmarket by Equine Productions with a voice over provided by Clare Balding, herself a Patron of RoR, the film dramatically captures former racehorses excelling in a new career and promotes RoR’s flagship yard at Palace House.

Image: Daredevil Boy and Kelly Harrison (Courtesy of Naomi Tukker)

Among the many attractions at the National Heritage Centre is the chance to see former racehorses up-close in the Rothschild Yard. Alongside visiting household names in the yard are more recently retired racehorses in the process of being retrained for a second career. In the Peter O’Sullevan Arena, the public can watch at first-hand racehorses being retrained as part of daily RoR demonstrations.

Featured in the new film is Her Majesty The Queen’s horse, Quadrille. Formerly trained by Richard Hannon, Quadrille is now competing at international Prix St George level in dressage. He has been retrained by Louise Robson, who is among the well-known names from equestrian sport who have already held RoR clinics at Palace House to educate owners and riders in retraining racehorses.

The show jumping and eventing horse featured is Daredevil Boy, ridden in the film by Kelly Harrison who re-trained the horse and competed successfully on him. Kelly has since the sold the horse due to her commitments in Qatar where she has been busy working and returning to race riding. Also featured is a polo pony ridden by Byron Human and Indiana Gold, who has enjoyed success in the show ring, ridden by Mairi Wilson.

Visitors to Palace House can watch the film in the RoR Gallery in the Rothshchild Yard.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and for the first time, Palace House will be opening early to the public during the horse sales and race days in Newmarket this spring. Opening hours will be 9am-5pm daily on 17th – 20th April, 4th – 7th May and 18th – 20th May.

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Photographs taken by and kindly reproduced with permission of Naomi Tukker: