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RoR Registration

Be part of the first ever Thoroughbred census in Great Britain


RoR is delighted to support the first ever thoroughbred census in conjunction with British Racing's Horse Welfare Board and Hartpury University. As part of the Horse Welfare Board's five-year welfare strategy 'A Life Well Lived', owners of former racehorses in Great Britain are asked to submit a completed census between 28 June and 31 December 2023.

The project aims to improve traceability of thoroughbreds after they retire from racing. With improved data, British Racing and RoR can better support owners with access to educational resources, routes to compete if desired and continue building informed and helpful communities . They can also adapt welfare initiatives, and most importantly, they will be able to reach out to owners quickly and effectively should an outbreak of equine disease occur.

RoR are encouraging all owners of thoroughbreds to take part in the survey by scanning the QR code above or click HERE, and if they have previously raced or been in training, don’t forget to register your horse with us too.

Check if a horse is registered with RoR

RoR would like to know where as many former racehorses are as possible. Many organisations and RoR need these statistics to prove that former racehorses have a life after racing and to help raise funds. RoR can also consider suitable future initiatives based on this information. Your help with this is much appreciated, and registering with RoR permits you to take part in the many RoR regional educational events and competitions. There are certain criteria for some competitions so please refer to the relevant competition pages for each discipline for more information on rules and eligibility. If you are purchasing a retrained racehorse that you believe is already registered with RoR please email all details to to inform us of your new ownership.

Free Registration

It is free to register your former racehorse with RoR and enjoy access to clinics and camps. Simply click on Register Your Horse and complete the details required. Any former racehorse can be registered whether they have raced or not raced. (If unraced, they must have been in training)

RoR Competition Registration

If you wish to enter any of RoR competition you will need to pay an annual RoR Registration Fee of £15 per horse, once paid this enables that horse to enter any of the RoR competitions. This registration will need to be paid annually. Simply click on Register Your Horse and select competition membership at the top of the page when adding a horse.

When your Competition Membership is due for renewal, you will receive an email to remind you. To renew simply log into your account and under your horses name, you will see a “renew” button. Click here and your membership will be renewed.

If your membership has lapsed, you will see that your membership will revert to free, to renew the competition membership in this instance, click the green upgrade button underneath your horses name which will take you to the payment page.

The registration fee helps pay for the administration costs and is treated as a kind donation to RoR to help with the funding of the charity’s competitions, educational events and the care of vulnerable former racehorses.

When entering any RoR competition please check eligibility criteria on each individual series.

Un-named Horses

To be eligible for RoR competition membership your former-racehorse must have a Weatherbys registered name. This can be done by completing the BHA NC2 Registration of Name of Horse form.

When filling out the form, please write at the top that it is a registration for a Non-Racing name, this will reduce the charge to £54.10. Note; the horses passport must accompany this form.

If you have any further queries please ring the RoR office on 01488 648998.

After Registration

Once registered, RoR will validate your horse’s registration and email you a registration number per horse which remains the same for life.

You will also be able to log back into your RoR account to amend most details if required and to check your horse’s registration number if mislaid. If you are changing your address then please email with your new details.

Change of Ownership – Horse Passport Legislation Requirements

It has been a requirement of the Horse Passport Regulations since 2009 for all equine owners in Great Britain to register their ownership with the Government designated Passport Issuing Organisation (Weatherbys) within 30 days of purchase.

From 1st October 2018, it became a legal requirement and is enforceable by Trading Standards with a maximum fine of £5000.

The legislation also requires that a horse’s passport is returned to Weatherbys to be updated with the new ownership details.

When a horse comes out of training and the racing ownership is terminated, the Weatherbys ownership becomes the valid ownership recognised by DEFRA and the Central Equine Database.

To assist owners of RoR registered horses in meeting this legislation, please use Weatherbys online portal

Once you have completed the information online and paid the fee, your horses passport should then be sent to Weatherbys. Weatherbys will then update their database and the passport, and return the passport to you. This process takes approximately 10 working days and applies to all Thoroughbreds both domestic and foreign bred.