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news The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust set to sponsor new RoR Community Award

3rd July 2023
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  • Three-year sponsorship agreement to support a new community impact award
  • The award will recognise former racehorses helping people

We are delighted to announce that Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement with The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust to support a new RoR Community Impact Award. Nominations for the Award will open later this year and the winner will be revealed in January 2024 at the prestigious RoR Awards at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.

Launched in 2014, the RoR Awards have now become a major event in the equestrian calendar. The Awards not only recognise Elite Winners in a wide range of equestrian disciplines, but also, at time when some are questioning what happens to racehorses after they retire, are a unique opportunity to bring together racing and the wider equestrian world to celebrate the versatility of thoroughbreds and the enjoyment they bring to many peoples’ lives long after they have retired from racing.

The new Peter O'Sullevan RoR Community Impact Award will recognise an individual and a former racehorse partnership that has made a significant impact on people’s lives and/or in their community. This could be through equine assisted therapy, a former racehorse that has taught people to ride, or helped those less fortunate in life.

Managing Director of RoR, David Catlow said: “We are delighted that RoR has been able to partner with The Peter O’Sullevan Trust to create this award to highlight the special bond horses develop with people and to demonstrate the impact that thoroughbreds can have to improve both physical and mental well-being”.

On behalf of the trustees of the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, Nigel Payne said: “The trustees consider this new RoR Community Impact award to be an excellent initiative and a worthy cause. We have no doubt that Peter would have enjoyed seeing his charitable trust associated with RoR as they not only highlight the excellent work done promoting a new life for horses after racing, but also the very real impact that former racehorses can have to help change peoples’ lives for the better.”

Nominations for the award will open later this year along with the annual RoR Horse of The Year Award, kindly sponsored by The Jockey Club.

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