Remarkable former racehorses received acknowledgement for all they have achieved at the 2024 Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Awards ceremony earlier this week (Wednesday 31 January). The annual celebration took place at the Jockey Club Rooms, in Newmarket, where more than 150 people attended from the racing and equestrian communities.

The inaugural Sir Peter O’Sullevan RoR Community Impact Award winner was New Beginnings with Goldream (pictured top). Goldream, formerly known as Remy, retired from a lucrative flat racing career in 2018, accumulating over £500,000 in prize money. Remy, now York Racecourse’s Equine Ambassador, has shown a kind and intuitive nature, significantly impacting the lives of the elderly and young children locally.

Kevin and Pam Atkinson, joint founders of New Beginnings, expressed their pride in Remy’s impact, and said: “Remy stands as the epitome of a versatile racehorse, he seamlessly adapted to his new life after racing with a remarkable blend of grace and kindness, bringing joy and pleasure to all those he encounters.”

The Jockey Club RoR Horse of the Year Award was claimed by Que Sera, a former racehorse based in Oxfordshire, owned and ridden by Jo and Ben Hales. Que Sera’s journey from a short racing career to becoming a versatile champion in various disciplines captured the hearts of the RoR community.

“Owning and retraining Que Sera has been a privilege,” said an emotional Jo Hales. “Beyond his remarkable versatility and gentle temperament, he’s a true family member. He graciously allows my children to climb aboard effortlessly, showcasing his sensitivity and willing attitude.”

Other winners included Wonga Swinger and Tori Thomas, RoR Elite Showing Champions; Don Stefano and Megan Brown, RoR Elite Eventing Champions; Celtic Silver and Sara Cork, RoR Elite Hunting Champions; Badalona Breeze and Chris McKenzie, RoR Elite Polo Champions; Fair Duchess and Jane Phillips, RoR Elite Dressage Champions; and More Salutes and Amanda Hamley; RoR Elite Endurance Champions.

Richard Phillips and Ashleigh Wicheard hosted the awards, which serve as the charity’s flagship promotional event, showcasing aftercare and highlighting the versatility of the thoroughbred.

“The ceremony was filled with stories of resilience, and magical moments, emphasising the joy and enrichment former racehorses bring to many lives long after their racing careers have concluded,” added an RoR spokesperson.

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