Retrained racehorses to the fore at a busy Newmarket Open Weekend

The charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) was proud to be involved with a number of the activities at the 32 Red Newmarket Open Weekend, which took place this Saturday and Sunday, 16th – 17th September.

Over the weekend twenty-five former racehorses were on show or performing for the public, showing how versatile racehorses can be in disciplines outside of racing. Highlights included an exhibition match of horseball, featuring horses and riders who competed at this summer’s 2017 Horseball FIHB European Championships, where the Great Britain men’s team took the bronze medal.

The RoR Musical Ride Display Team, generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, treated those in attendance to their current routine ‘Spirit of the Racehorse’ during the weekend. The RoR Musical Ride performed to music from the sound track to ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’. The songs and music are by Bryan Adams and Hans Zimmer and it has been specially arranged for the display team by Tom Hunt, creator of Charlotte Dujardin’s Olympic gold medal winning arrangements at London 2012 and Rio 2016. 

The RoR Musical Ride Display Team is made up of eight former racehorses, between them they ran in over 180 races and won over £250,000 in prize money, the chief money earner being former Ebor winner Moyenne Corniche. The horses were all trained in Yorkshire and are now ridden by their Yorkshire based owners and riders, who are aged between 17 and 60 years of age.


Among the former racehorses in residence and on view for the public in the ‘Kings Yard’ at the National Heritage Centre were former National Hunt stars Our Vic and Starluck. There are currently five horses based in the yard, three of which are in the process of being retrained, these include Starluck and two horses from Shadwell Stud. On Sunday visitors to the Heritage Centre were able to see a demonstration of retraining a racehorse.

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