Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Racing’s official charity for the welfare of former racehorses, has enabled supporters to make direct donations online.
Users of www.ror.org.uk can now help RoR in its work providing financial assistance for the care, retraining and rehoming of as many as possible of the 4,000 racehorses that leave the sport each year. Transactions can be made by credit or debit card through a secure server.
RoR was founded by the British Horseracing Board in 2000, and supports the activities of three charitable racehorse rehabilitation centres – the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre and Greatwood – through part-funding and making money available for capital improvements and property purchases.
Various sectors of the Racing Industry currently contribute to the funding of RoR through annual agreements and a proportion of entry fees under BHB Orders. Until now, individuals could only donate by post, although an increasing number of people are naming RoR as a beneficiary in wills.
RoR’s Director of Operations Di Arbuthnot said: “Upon retirement, most racehorses still have so much to offer: witness Pippa Funnell’s victory on Blue Horizon at the recent International Horse Trials at Windsor. RoR plays a vital role in helping to launch second careers and rehome retired horses, but is reliant on the generosity of others. Donations made through our website will go directly towards beneficial projects, and will hopefully allow us to increase our level of support.”
Individuals can donate online at www.ror.org.uk/donate