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British Horseracing - A Track Record To Be Proud Of

Leading organisations in British Horseracing have got together to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing.

The campaign is supported by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Trainers Federation, The Jockey Club, the National Association of Stable Staff and Arena Racing Company.

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare

"World Horse Welfare does not accept the claim that horses are unwilling participants in sport. Horses bred to compete will rise to the challenge, as anyone who has ever taken part in equestrian sport knows. This notion that sport is bad for horses needs to be challenged – and challenged forcefully. Yes, sport horses are well cared for, but that is no more than one should expect. However, the sheer amount of investment that flows into the horse industry and the resulting research that is conducted on horse health and welfare has done an enormous amount for horses everywhere."

Celia Marr, Chair of the Horserace Betting Levy Board’s Veterinary Advisory Committee

Celia Marr"Since 2000, British Racing, via the Levy Board, has invested over £32m in veterinary projects and education. This investment bring benefits for the entire population of horses in Britain. There is a lot of exciting work going on currently with new ideas coming forward all the time but we also aim to focus on communicating the practical benefits that arise from the research, the fundamental aim of which remains to prevent and manage injury and disease in all types of horses.”

David Muir, equine consultant for the RSPCA

“It must be remembered Britain has the best equine vets in the world, and the BHA’s teams of vets on racecourses are fantastic, totally committed. I’ve found the BHA to be transparent in everything I request of them.”

Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority

"Our sport can, and should, be proud of its record on equine welfare. The 14,000 horses registered in training in this country enjoy a level of care and a quality of life virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal. This campaign will help to ensure that everyone understands the importance we all place on horse welfare. We have a great story to tell and this campaign will help us to share it."

Stephen Atkin, Chief Executive of the Racecourse Association said:

"We are firmly behind this campaign. Increasing people’s awareness and understanding of equine welfare issues will not only help protect the sport from those who attempt to undermine it, but we also intend to accentuate positive welfare messaging and stories to encourage more people to come racing."

To find out more about the level of care given to racehorses in Britain and register your support, visit thehorsecomesfirst.com.