Sponsor announced for ex-racehorse parades

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) have announced that the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust is to be the official sponsor this year of RoR parades and musical ride.

Former Arkle Chase winner Forpadydeplasterer, seen ridden here side-saddle by Joanne Quirke, in the RoR Parade at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival (Credit: Retraining of Racehorses)

Former Arkle Chase winner Forpadydeplasterer, seen ridden here side-saddle by Joanne Quirke, in the RoR Parade at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival (Credit: Retraining of Racehorses)

RoR, British horse racing’s charity for horses that have retired from racing have held race day parades to show the public the versatility and adaptability of racehorses since 2008. The parades are part of the major jump racing festivals including Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as the Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr. For this year the parades will also be held at Newbury on Lockinge Day, at Ascot on King George Day and at Newmarket at Future Champions Weekend.

“I am sure that Peter would have enjoyed seeing how popular the parades have become, especially at the likes of Cheltenham and Aintree, where crowds gather to see former stars of the track looking fantastic and clearly enjoying their second career,” said Chief Executive of RoR, Di Arbuthnot.

The sponsorship also supports the RoR Musical Ride which is based in Yorkshire and made up of former racehorses. The RoR Musical Ride have performed at a number of public events, including in 2016 at the RoR race night at Sandown Park and at Gatcombe Horse Trials.

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