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news All set for The Jockey Club RoR National Championships at Aintree

21st August 2023
  • 287 horses entered for The Jockey Club RoR National Championships
  • Four days of high-quality competition exclusively for former racehorses

The Jockey Club RoR National Championships, Great Britain’s largest event exclusively for former racehorses, gets underway at Aintree International Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 23rd August. Four days of competition, including classes in dressage, arena eventing, showjumping and showing, culminates the crowning of The Hamilton Tarmac RoR Elite Performance Award for Dressage and The Tattersalls RoR Ridden Showing Supreme Champion during Saturday’s evening performance.

A total of 287 former racehorses have been entered to compete at Aintree over the four days. This year's entries include Desert Encounter, Hennesey Gold Cup winner Native River, Queen of the North, Lady Buttons and four of our RoR Horses for Courses ambassadors. All are now competing on a level playing field against horses with less celebrated racing careers, many of which have gone on to enjoy notable success in their second career, helped by the opportunities provided by RoR.

Managing Director of RoR, added: “On behalf of the charity and the competitors, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors, The Jockey Club for their generous headline sponsorship, Tattersalls, for supporting all of our showing series and all the individual class sponsors. The shear enthusiasm and goodwill towards making the show a success illustrates the dedication and passion that exists in the United Kingdom for thoroughbreds. It is a major showcase for all that is good about racehorses, long after they have retired from the track.”

Speaking on behalf of the The Jockey Club, Sulekha Varma, Clerk of the Course at Aintree Racecourse and North West Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are once again delighted to welcome The Jockey Club RoR National Championships to the Aintree International Equestrian Centre, the third year that The Jockey Club has been headline sponsor.

Retraining of Racehorses plays a vital role for the racing industry in providing opportunities for so many former racehorses to flourish in a second career and incentives for the wider equestrian community to take on a thoroughbred.”

Coverage of all classes staged in the indoor arena of International Equestrian Centre over the four days will be live-streamed through providing an opportunity to further increase awareness of the versatility of the thoroughbred and the high standards achieved by competitors at The Jockey Club RoR National Championships.

For full list of horses entered click HERE.

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