HEROS horse charity has announced a new Patron, three-time champion jockey turned-trainer Richard Hughes.
The announcement came during a fundraising day at the West Berkshire Golf Club where 13 teams played its mature, downland course and enjoyed stunning views over the Berkshire Downs and across to the Valley of the Racehorse.
Richard joins fellow retired jockeys John Reid, John Francome and Mick Fitzgerald in the same role. Of racehorses and the role he said: “They are intelligent and willing animals – it’s easy to support them on the track while they’re in the limelight so to speak, but all of us in racing have a duty to ensure their future away from that attention.
“The work of charities such as HEROS is vital. Their knowledgeable retraining ensures a long-term and fulfilling future. I particularly admire the HEROS team’s ‘individual’ focus on matching the personalities and capabilities of people and horses.”
HEROS CEO Grace Muir is delighted to welcome Richard on board, especially in the year marking the charity’s 10th anniversary. She organised the charity fundraising golf game to help her Patrons to make connections while raising vital funds for HEROS.
“Fundraising is testing for any charity, especially when the financial climate is also challenging,” she said, “so if we can help our supporters connect through a friendly and enjoyable event such as our Golf Day while at the same time raising vital funds then we’re more than happy to make that happen,” she said.
The day was such a success that Grace already has names signed up for #HEROSGolf 2017!
What HEROS does
Every year 1,000s of racehorses leave the sport due to injury, old age or lack of ability. However retirement from racing does not have to mean the end of these horses.
“Just look at our HEROS Charity Ambassador Victoria Pendleton,” says Grace, “a human version of our equine athletes retiring from one sport, in her case cycling, and successfully retraining in an entirely new discipline. The former Channon-trained SUMMON UP THE BLOOD is a perfect high-profile equine example as he represents Team Brazil in the Olympic three-day event. Not all HEROS horses have a high profile, but each of them has potential for a new life after racing and ensuring that prospect is what our job is all about.”
HEROS Charity is aiming to raise £100k in its 10th Anniversary year to counteract funding cuts and underpin its position to continue protecting the futures of horses in their ‘New Life After Racing’ for another 10 years.
To find out more visit www.heroscharity.org