Finalists Decided for RoR Heart Awards

  • 12 finalists named following the count of the online public voting to find 2018’s equine hearts
  • RoR Patron Clare Balding to select the winners from the three finalists who made it into each of the four categories
  • The winners will be revealed at the RoR End of Season Party on Saturday 17th

Following an online public vote, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) can reveal the 12 finalists for the 2018 RoR Heart Awards. RoR Patron, Clare Balding OBE will choose the winner in each of the four categories and the final winners will be revealed at the RoR End of Season Party on Saturday 17th November.

The finalists in each of the categories going forward to the judging are:

RoR Biggest Heart Award – Best Temperament

  • Magical Lasso – owner Sally Bentley (Lancashire)
  • Elsie’s Star – owner Helen Corner (Durham)
  • Great Choice – owner Jodie Burdett (Devon)

RoR Healthy Heart Award – Best All Rounder

  • Polish Paddy – owner Jane Gordon (Devon)
  • Society Sam – owner Sarah Hudgins (Derbyshire)
  • Native Caption – owner Karen Harrison (Cheshire)

RoR Heart Stopper Award – Overcoming Adversity

  • Seraph – owner Charlotte Bruton (Essex)
  • Danish Blues – owner Stacey Barr (North Lanarkshire)
  • Chilli Boy – owner Beth Roberts (Lancashire)

RoR Heart Throb Award – Best Looking

  • Stilo Blue Native – owner Samantha Osborne (North Yorkshire)
  • Steel Rain – owner Jenni Savolainen (Herefordshire)
  • Cool Doctor – owner Tracey Russell (Durham)

The 2018 RoR Heart Awards was open to all RoR eligible former racehorses that have raced or been in training and a total of 24 former racehorses reached the initial RoR shortlist for the public vote from nearly 300 nominations. Around 2,500 votes were counted to decide on the public’s favourite 12 finalists. Click HERE to see all the finalist

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive, said; “We have all thoroughly enjoyed reading some incredibly moving stories and well loved horses. Everyone who entered deserves enormous commendation for their incredible hard work, passion and dedication they continue to give to their former racehorse.”

The final winners will be revealed at the RoR End of Season Party on Saturday 17th November at Doncaster Racecourse. The evening is a celebration of former racehorse and will also feature the presentation of a number of other RoR Awards in eventing, showjumping and dressage won through the 2018 season.

Each RoR Heart Award winner will be presented with a RoR Heart Award Trophy and a RoR rug for their former racehorse.