Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing.
The charity promotes the versatility and adaptability of racehorses for other equestrian activities following their retirement from racing. It also protects horse welfare through a nationwide ‘safety net’ that is available to assist any former racehorse considered ‘vulnerable’. In such cases, the charity provides funding and expert care prior to suitable rehoming.
As the sport’s official charity, RoR raises funds from within the Racing Industry, providing information and education for owners and trainers in both the racing and equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of former racehorses.
The ultimate goal is to maintain a balance between the number of horses leaving racing and the number of enthusiastic and suitable new homes. To this end, RoR funds and runs a well-established programme of competitions and educational events across the country.
Launched by the British Horseracing Board (now the British Horseracing Authority) in April 2000, RoR was awarded charitable status in autumn 2000.
RoR has since established itself as one of the pre-eminent equine charities in Great Britain, working closely with organisations such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, as well as all of the principle equine sports.
In 2016 the charity played an integral role in establishing IFAR, the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses and it currently provides the Chairman of the IFAR Steering Group. IFAR is a vehicle for sharing best practice in racehorse aftercare across international racing bodies and organisations.
The charity does not physically retrain or rehome the horses itself, rather it:
- promotes and facilitates the retraining of racehorses;
- funds and stages competitions for former racehorses in a range of equine disciplines;
- funds and stages educational events and clinics for the owners of former racehorse;
- funds and oversees the care and rehoming of vulnerable former racehorses
Patrons and ambassadors
RoR is fortunate in being able to count among its supporters high profile individuals such as Clare Balding OBE and Sir Anthony McCoy, who are both patrons of the charity.
Leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori were appointed RoR Ambassadors in 2015. The two have first hand experience of rehoming former racehorses having both provided homes to horses that played a pivotal role in their respective careers.
In 2017, Captain Guy Disney was appointed an ambassador to RoR. Earlier that year Disney became the first amputee jockeys to win a race under rules and has twice won the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown Park.