Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing's official charity for the welfare of former racehorses. It aims to raise funds from the British Racing industry to help support charitable retraining and rehoming of ex-racehorses and to show how ex-racehorses can flourish in a second career.
RoR was founded in 2000, and supports the work of four charitable rehabilitation centres: the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, Greatwood and Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme (HEROS).
RoR works closely with all four supported centres, maintaining regular contact and monitoring progress. As well as revenue grants, ROR makes money available for capital improvements and property purchases. RoR is also encouraging the centres to expand their own fund raising activities.
The video below shows the successes and real-life stories of former racehorses who have been retrained and are enjoying life after racing. The video also includes footage from RoR's championship series' in showing, eventing, polo, dressage and show jumping with contributions from well-known racing and equestrian personalities.
Although RoR does not aim to provide sanctuaries for retired or ill-used racehorses, it does have close ties with other charities that do offer this service and their help can be called upon when necessary.
To find out more about the high levels of equine welfare in British Horseracing, and about the varied careers of horses after they finish racing, please visit The Horse Comes First.
March 2013 - 'From Zero to Hero: Losing racehorse eventing hit' - Inishmor raced three times in three years and in racing terms, 'failed to trouble the judge'. However after being signed up to Retraining of Racehorses, he is now having success eventing. Read his story here.