If you have an ex-racehorse, would like to have an ex-racehorse or even if you're just interested, then this new event is for you. It promises to:
- Be an inspirational and educational day dedicated to retraining a former racehorse, following the transition of a racehorse to riding horse
- Be an event for anyone interested in former racehorses or considering having one, from grassroots to elite level
- Offer live demonstrations, clinics and talks from top class trainers and experts, coaching riders on their former racehorses
Following another successful Re-training of Racehorses (RoR) National Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, the charity will be back at the same venue on Saturday 3rd November 2018 with its first ever RoR Showcase. This is an inspirational training and educational event designed by RoR to highlight the talent and transition of thoroughbred racehorses to their second careers,
Visitors to the new RoR Showcase, which is supported by The Racing Foundation, will have the chance to enjoy live demonstrations and clinics featuring over 20 former racehorses, as well as a wide range of up-close demos, in and around two arenas. Showing, dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance, natural horsemanship, western riding, long lining, and horseball will all be showcased.
A line up of top trainers and experts including Olympian eventer Jeanette Brakewell, show producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable, British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler, natural horseman Guy Robertson and other equine specialists will share their knowledge on selecting, caring for, and retraining the thoroughbred after racing for various equine disciplines. Other racing industry experts include racehorse trainer Bryan Smart and vet Jenny Hall discussing the racehorse as an athlete and its transition to a new career, using real racehorses.
One of the star attractions will be the popular educational company Horses Inside Out staging a live painted horse demonstration. Equine anatomist and sports therapist Gillian Higgins will paint the musculoskeletal system of a former racehorse throughout the day to highlight the physical changes in the transition from racehorse to riding horse.
In addition, there will be an Ask The Experts Lounge where visitors will have the opportunity to ask one-to-one questions and gather more tips and advice from all the experts.
Trade and information stands include British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping, British Horse Society, and the RoR Source a Horse team and exhibition van will be on-hand for visitors to find out more about buying and owning a former racehorse.
The day runs from 9am to 5pm and will culminate with the RoR Grand Showcase finale featuring all of the day’s retrained horses including 2014 Grand National winner Pineau De Re and former Royal Ascot winner Namibian.
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive explains: “The RoR Showcase is intended to inspire and educate trainers, riders and owners at every level involved or interested in transitioning former racehorses to second careers, as well as providing information on the care, training and sale of these horses. This is a fantastic opportunity to come along and meet a host of experts and industry professionals all under one roof.”
For more information, a full schedule, and to book tickets for the RoR Showcase day visit the RoR microsite www.ror-events.org.uk. Tickets cost £15 each online (or £18 on the day). Buyers purchasing a ticket before 30th September will receive another ticket free of charge.
Tickets for the annual RoR End of Season Party to be held on Saturday 17th November at Doncaster Racecourse can also be booked at www.ror-events.org.uk . A celebration of everything we love about former racehorses, the evening will also include the presentation of the RoR Grassroots Awards and the winners will be revealed of the RoR Heart Awards, which is being relaunched in 2018.
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