The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival will provide over 150,000 spectators with a feast of world class racing from April 9-11. This has been seen as the perfect opportunity by Jockey Club Racecourses and Britain’s leading welfare organisations to showcase the outstanding work and initiatives that take place throughout the country in relation to horse welfare.
Under the banner of ‘The Horse Comes First at Aintree’ organisations such as the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society, together with the British Horseracing Authority and Retraining of Racehorses will be located in a marquee adjacent to the Red Rum Garden within Aintree Racecourse.
Here, racegoers will have the opportunity to discover more about the superb work each of the charities does in the field of horse welfare and there will be an equine vet on stand-by to answer any further questions they may have regarding horse welfare.
British Racing’s official charity for horses that have retired from racing, RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) will be parading past Grand National winner Comply or Die and Aintree favourite Monet’s Garden along with 9 others before the first race in the Parade Ring on April 9th (Grand Opening Day).
The RoR parade highlights the adaptability of racehorses when re-trained for a second career and they are now an established part of the major Jump racing festivals at Aintree and Cheltenham, as well as featuring at British Champions Day at Ascot in October.
This year's RoR parade also celebrates the unique bond that exists between man and horse and how this can be used to provide rehabilitation therapy, as shown by the charity HorseBack UK who will also be displaying on Grand National Day.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said “Comply Or Die is a great ambassador for Retraining of Racehorses and it is fitting that he will be leading the Aintree parade along with the likes of Monet’s Garden, Grand Crus and Monkerhostin and several top class former racehorses.
“This year’s parade also marks the first year of RoR’s relationship with fellow charity, HorseBack UK, who use the unique relationship we have with horses to assist in rehabilitating physically and mentally wounded service personnel from the armed forces.
“It’s a fantastic cause and we are very proud that a former racehorse, Peopleton Brook, is among the animals at HorseBack UK that help heal wounds and rehabilitate these brave men and women.
“A key objective of RoR is to increase awareness of the adaptability of former racehorses and opportunities such as parading horses at the Grand National meeting and working with HorseBack UK provides the perfect platform from which to do this.”
Andrew Tulloch, Director or Racing at Aintree Racecourse, added: “At Aintree we have developed long-standing and constructive relationships with many superb welfare organisations. We are delighted to be able to showcase the superb work that these organisations undertake at this year’s festival and we look forward to continuing to working closely with them all in the future’
Tickets for Thursday and Friday of the Crabbie’s Grand National are still available.
The full list of horses taking part in the RoR Parade on day one of the Festival is:
1. Comply Or Die
2. Grand Crus
4. Mad Moose
5. Midnight Chase
6. Monet’s Garden
8. Peopleton Brook
9. Scot’s Grey
For more information on how to purchase tickets, or for further information on any of the charities or organisations listed above please visit thecrabbiesgrandnational.co.uk or call 0844 5793001