Retraining of racehorses

About RoR

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.

The Charity:

  • Raises funds from within the Racing Industry for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • Provides a safety net for ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses
  • Promotes the adaptability and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • Runs and funds a well established programme of competition and educational events across the country
  • Provides information for owners and trainers in both the Racing and Equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of their former racehorses.

The ultimate goal is to maintain a balance between the number of horses leaving Racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes.

Clearly not all racehorses go on to star in a different sphere, but RoR hopes that, on seeing what can be done, more riders will think about taking on a racehorse when they are looking for a new horse. This will help racehorse owners and trainers, equine charities, retainers and most importantly, the horses to find secure and knowledgeable new homes.

Launched by the British Horseracing Board (now the British Horseracing Authority) in April 2000, RoR was awarded charitable status in Autumn 2000.

Leading jockeys Richard Johnson and Frankie Dettori were appointed as RoR Ambassadors in April 2015. The two jockeys have first hand experience of re homing former racehorses in that both have provided homes to horses that played a pivotal role in their respective careers.