Ex-racehorses to showcase their versatility at Epsom Family Fun Day

On Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August, as part of Epsom Downs Racecourse’s Family Fun Day, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) will be parading eight ex-racehorses. Racegoers will be able to see the horses and riders in the racecourse paddock from 12 noon.

 The ex-racehorses on show are some of Racing’s lesser lights on the track, mostly being maidens or winners of low grade races. As such, they are typical of the thousands of horses each year that RoR helps retrain and rehome. All the horses parading were trained locally in the Epsom area for trainers such as Jim Boyle, Simon Dow and Roger Teal and are now living active and healthy lives outside of the Racing industry for their new owners. The parade, assembled by Pippa Boyle, the region's official RoR representative, will highlight the variety of disciplines that an ex-racehorse can turn their hooves to. Among the activities now being enjoyed by horses taking part in the parade are Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing. One horse parading has even proven adept at side saddle in recent months. With training and education programmes supported by the RoR, many new owners welcome ex-racehorses to their homes; most of these are leisure riders with a passion for horses, rather than professional horsemen.

Proving that Racing has a welfare track record to be proud of both on and off the course, RoR recently hosted 20 owners of ex-racehorses at a behind-the-scenes raceday at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The owners were given a tour of the facilities and the evening included a discussion with a jockey and inspection of one of the cushioned modern designs of whip. Many amongst the audience expressed their pleasant surprise at the priority placed equine welfare and the high standards demanded of all participants in the sport.  The owners left with a clear first-hand impression of just how much dedication and investment is made by Racing and its horsemen in ensuring all racehorses are cared for to high standards both during and then after their racing careers.

Gates open at 11am, to find out more visit: http://www.epsomdowns.co.uk/family/family-fun-raceday#TJpmQlHCH5PqTSZb.97

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