Scots Grey, a former racehorse now based in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, was chosen by the charity, Retraining of Racehorses, to take part in a prestigious parade of former racehorses at the Grand National Meeting. On Thursday April 4th 2013, Scots Grey returned to the scene of his greatest triumph.
Scots Grey was a talented racehorse who ran 44 times, winning over £112,000 in prize money. Previously in the care of leading trainer, Nicky Henderson in Lambourn, Berks, Scots Grey won 10 races in his career, including the Fox Hunters’ Steeplechase over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree in 2007. He was then adopted by Emma Burton and has been retrained to enjoy gentle hacks out and to compete in team-chasing.
With the help of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Racing's charity dedicated to helping racehorses find other careers after racing, Scots Grey has become an accomplished competitor in team-chasing, where his sure footed jumping is a great asset. He has also become an excellent mount for less experienced riders.
Scots Grey‘s new owner, Emma Burton, said:
“Scots Grey is a complete darling to be around, without a bad bone in his body. He hacks out with children and first time riders very well and makes them feel comfortable. We are very much looking forward to his return to Aintree, the scene of his greatest victory. Having watched videos of him jumping around the Grand National course and winning the Fox Hunters’ in 2007, it makes us very proud to be looking after him now."
Di Arbuthnot, Retraining of Racehorses Chief Executive, said:
“Everyone involved in horseracing shares a passion for horses. On the track they provide us with so much enjoyment and excitement and it is wonderful that through Retraining of Racehorses or otherwise, former racehorses can find a fulfilling second career. We have over 7,500 horses currently registered on our database as active in disciplines outside of racing, including polo, showing, dressage and eventing, as well as all those happily engaged in hacking and exercising.
"The Parade at the Grand National Meeting is a celebration of not only previous winners, but also of the diverse ways in which horses can enhance people's lives.”