Every Little Helps

Racehorses often go on to a wide range of extraordinary careers after racing. One such horse has just helped the Royal Family to pick up a £50 Tesco voucher, much to the amusement of the national and international media. 

Her Majesty, The Queen’s horse Barbers Shop won the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) show class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday. The prize was a £50 Tesco Gift Voucher, donated by RoR, which The Queen seemed delighted to accept.

Barbers Shop won eight races in his 24 race career when trained by Nicky Henderson, and was originally bred by The Queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth.

Since his retirement from racing, Barbers Shop has been retrained under the care of rider Katie Jerram. He has become one of the leading former racehorses now competing in RoR showing classes. Barbers Shop has won twice at Royal Windsor, as well as landing notable wins at Hickstead and at last year’s RoR National Championships at Aintree.

On Thursday 12th May, Barbers Shop won the RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Class for former National Hunt horses. He beat a field of 20, including Tycoons Reflection ridden by Helen Newbold finishing in second place and RoR Horse of The Year 2015, Liverpool, ridden by Joanna Mason finishing in third.

British Racing’s duty of care to all of its racehorses extends beyond the end of their racing careers. Her Majesty’s success with Barbers Shop helps to highlight the fact that 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 rehoming and retraining racehorses) as active in other equine disciplines outside of racing, including Polo, Showing, Dressage and Eventing. In all, the industry invests over £600,000 each year facilitating the rehoming and retraining of racehorses. Racehorse owners are the largest contributors followed by racecourses, plus trainers, bookmakers, breeders, jockeys, auctioneers, legacies and fundraising activities and the Horserace Betting Levy Board.