Retraining of Racehorses

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Retraining of Racehorses
IndustryAnimal welfare
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
Key people
Di Arbuthnot (Chief Executive)

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is a national animal welfare organization in the United Kingdom. It was established by the British Horseracing Authority in 2000 and is a registered charity under English and Scottish law.[1][2] RoR is the official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing through injury, old age or a lack of ability.[3] It is based at Palace House in Newmarket.[4]


RoR performs the following actions:

  • Raises money to support the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Provides facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Raises the profile of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • Operates education programmes to ensure handlers are adequately trained to care for the horses

RoR facilitates revenue grants and funds centre improvements and property purchases for four retraining centres:[5]

  • Greatwood Caring for Retired Racehorses[6]
  • HEROS (Homing Ex-racehorses Organisation Scheme)[7]
  • Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre[8]
  • Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre[9]
  • Darley Stud Management[10]

In 2009, Princess Haya became RoR's first Patron.[11] Other patrons include Frankie Dettori, Clare Balding and Richard Johnson.

Notable horses[edit]

Among the horses helped by the charity are the Champion Hurdler Make A Stand and the Grand National winners Royal Athlete and Bindaree.[12]

One graduate of the scheme is Summon Up Theblood who represented Brazil in the Three-day Event at the 2016 Olympic Games.[13]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. RETRAINING OF RACE HORSES, registered charity no. 1084787.
  2. ^ "Retraining of Racehorses, Registered Charity no. SC043339". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  3. ^ Pippa Roome. "Cash boost for racehorse retraining - Horse & Hound". Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  4. ^ "Retraining of Racehorses". Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  5. ^ "What we do: Retraining of Racehorses". Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  6. ^ "".
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  8. ^ "An Introduction to Moorcroft - Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre".
  9. ^ "Ex-racehorse Charity - Racehorse Retraining - Racehorses for Rehoming".
  10. ^ Darley Stud Management
  11. ^ "The Official Website of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein". Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  12. ^ "Retraining of Racehorses". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  13. ^ Nicholas Godfrey. "Former Channon trainee set to star at Rio Olympics". Racing Post.

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