Arctic Soul: From racehorse to Olympic contender

Former racehorse Arctic Soul has taken to his second career so well that he’s now a leading contender for selection for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics!

After being retired from racing in 2012, 13-year-old Arctic Soul has taken excelled in Eventing – Horse & Hound has called him “Britain’s standout cross-country performer”. Arctic Soul graced the front cover as well as the Horse Hero section of the magazine last week in honour of his outstanding achievements in his life after racing.

He and Gemma Tattersall recently received Retraining of Racehorses' (RoR) award for the highest placed former racehorse at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after they finished 3rd overall.

With this award under their belt, the pair’s sights are now set on Rio with the final selection for the Team GB being announced imminently.

Speaking of Arctic Soul and Gemma’s success at Badminton, Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR said:

“Gemma and Arctic Soul have given us the most wonderful start to RoR’s official involvement at Badminton. It was a brilliant performance and we could not have wished for a more worthy or appropriate winner of the RoR prize.

“Several of the leading horses at Badminton were Thoroughbreds and their speed and athleticism clearly lends themselves to the demands of eventing, but for the highest placed Thoroughbred to have been retrained after a career as a racehorse is a great endorsement for RoR.”

An increasing number of racehorses go on to successful second careers after retiring from the track. There are currently over 11,500 horses registered with Retraining of Racehorses (British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of former racehorses) as active in other equine disciplines outside of racing, including Eventing, Polo, Showing and Dressage, as well as those horses happily engaged in hacking and exercising.