Former Racehorse Shows Off New Dressage Skills at Grand National Parade

A former racehorse that now calls Clifton, near Perinth, its home, took part in the Retraining of Racehorses parade at the Grand National meet at Aintree at the beginning of this month, following a successful start to his second career in dressage.

Affectionately known as ‘Doofer’, Whatcanyasay was a much loved racehorse who ran 47 times, winning on 4 occasions. He was adopted by Robyn Gray after retirement and retrained to become a successful show horse in part thanks to the wonderful help of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), a charity dedicated to helping racehorses find a second career after racing.

These days, Doofer is making his mark in the show horse world, having qualified for the Open Pony Club Dressage Championships and winning the Retraining of Racehorses Scottish Championship at the Royal Highland Show in 2013 – only a year after starting!

Whatcanyasay’s new owner, Robyn Gray, said:

“My sisters and I used to help muck out at the stables of trainer Evelyn Slack in Appleby-in-Westmorland. Doofer was always our favourite, and when we were offered the chance to buy him after retirement, we jumped at the opportunity.

“Showing has really proved to be Doofer’s forte. We travel around the country going to different events, and he enjoys the variety so much it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”