The annual Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Awards take this evening, Wednesday 7th December, at the Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket. Now in its third year, RoR Patron, Clare Balding, together with At The Races presenter, Luke Harvey, will host the awards, which are supported by The Jockey Club.
The RoR Awards celebrate the elite champions from six disciplines among the population of former racehorses. With total prize money of £17,500, there are seven elite awards, two from showing and one each for dressage, endurance, eventing, polo and showjumping.
The award ceremony also sees the announcement of the 2016 RoR ‘Horse of the Year’, sponsored by The Jockey Club. The ‘Horse of the Year’ is chosen by a special RoR Committee and goes to the horse that to their mind has been the best ambassador for the charity, highlighting the versatility and adaptability of former racehorses. The previous recipients of this prestigious award are Whatcanyasay (2014) and Liverpool (2015).
In what has been a notable year for the feats achieved by former racehorses, there will be a further three special recognition awards given on the night marking exceptional and outstanding contributions.
Brazilian event rider Carlos Parro (pictured left) will collect a special recognition award on behalf of Summon Up The Blood, the former Mick Channon trained gelding who performed with such distinction at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer. Also in attendance will be trainer Nicky Henderson, joining the connections of Jack The Giant to receive a special recognition award that celebrates the gelding’s successes in the show-ring and marks his retirement from showing.
The third special recognition award will be presented to the British Horseball riders who have trained and ridden former racehorses to a standard at which they are selected to represent their country. At the 2016 Horseball World Cup, held in Portugal, half of the riders in the eight-strong-team from Great Britain were on board former racehorses.
RoR Chief Executive, Di Arbuthnot said: “We are greatly looking forward to the 2016 RoR Awards and we would like to say thank you to The Jockey Club for their continued support, for the opportunity to stage the awards at the historic Jockey Cub Rooms and for their sponsorship of RoR ‘Horse of the Year’.
“As well as handing out deserved awards for the individual elite champions and hearing their wonderful back stories, the RoR Awards evening also provide an opportunity to celebrate the thousands of other former racehorses competing in equestrian disciplines. The winners are just the ambassadors on behalf of the all the horses enjoying a fulfilling second career after racing.
“We are delighted with how the event has grown since its launch in 2014 and we anticipate another memorable evening in what has been a memorable year for RoR.”