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news RoR announces finalists for the RoR Community Impact Award and RoR Horse of the Year Award

18th December 2023
  • Public Vote now open to determine the winners of each RoR Award
  • Finalists’ stories show the varied and rewarding new roles enjoyed by many former racehorses

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is thrilled to unveil the finalists for the inaugural Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust RoR Community Impact Award and the prestigious The Jockey Club RoR Horse of the Year Award. The public will determine the winner of each award through voting for their favourites via the microsite from today, 18th December 2023.

Having received over two hundred nominations from across the racing and equestrian worlds, RoR announced a shortlist of 12 horses for each award in November. An independent RoR Judging panel then had the challenge of narrowing down the final three finalists for each award.

The new Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust RoR Community Impact Award aims to recognise any individual, former racehorse partnership, or organisation that has significantly impacted people’s lives with a former racehorse. The finalists are:

  • New Beginnings and Goldream - Yorkshire
  • Matt Bannon and Dreamisi – Greater London
  • Godolphin and Papineau - Suffolk

Introduced in 2014, the highly coveted The Jockey Club RoR Horse of the Year Award was open to all RoR registered former racehorses who have successfully transitioned from racing to a new career. The finalists are:

  • Clancy’s Cross owned/ridden by Jenny Bennett – Staffordshire
  • Que Sera owned/ridden by Jo Hales Oxfordshire
  • Red Inferno owned/ridden by Hayley Ward Hertfordshire

To review all the finalists’ stories and participate in the voting process, please visit our dedicated microsite at Voting officially opens on 18th December 2023, and closes at 5pm on 19th January 2024.

David Catlow, RoR Managing Director, said: "We are thrilled to open the voting for both these awards. The exceptional nominations from across the UK made our job and the judges’ decision incredibly difficult. All the stories shared highlight not only the adaptability of a former racehorse to a wide range of second careers but also the remarkable commitment to the horses’ well-being of so many involved in aftercare."

All six finalists will attend the RoR Awards evening at The Jockey Club Rooms on 31st January 2024, where the ultimate winners as voted by the public will be revealed. The evening also features presentations to this season’s RoR Elite Champions in dressage, eventing, polo, endurance, showing, and hunting.

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For more information, please contact Toni Levey, Communications & Media Executive, at RoR, or telephone 07881 286441.

About Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)
Founded in 2000, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing's official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. We believe every former racehorse deserves a life well lived throughout every stage of their life. For more information visit

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