The first ever Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) race night takes place at Sandown Park on Wednesday. A crowd in excess of 10,000 is expected to attend the ‘Rock with RoR’ race night, at which chart-topping singer Jess Glynne is the headline act.
Events on the night include a parade before the feature race on the night, which is sponsored by Sky Bet, by Melbourne Cup runner-up turned star of the show-ring Purple Moon and the RoR Musical Ride display team. To get in tune for the evening, Purple Moon donned full rock’n’roll regalia and was photographed inside his own home studio promoting the event and as testament to how versatile and adaptable racehorses can be (pictured).
Before racing, the Musical Ride display team will also perform to music in the paddock to Jess Glynne tracks specially arranged by Tom Hunt. Established as the leading dressage to music composer and arranger, Hunt has worked on routines with the likes of Olympic gold medalist, Charlotte Dujardin.
Among the fund raising activities that accompany ‘Rock with RoR’ are a Live and a Silent Auction, featuring an impressive array of lots that can be bid for both on the night and online at www.ror.auction-bid.org. Bidding on the Silent Auction will remain open until Sunday 17th July.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “We are really excited and looking forward to the Rock with RoR race night at Sandown. Our thanks go to all those who have made the event possible, in particular Sky Bet & Cappagh for their sponsorship and Jess Glynne and Jockey Club Live for their generous support.
“The aim of Rock with RoR is to raise money and to raise awareness. The funds raised will go towards helping the charity meet its key objectives; increasing demand and increasing opportunities for former racehorses, on education for new owners of RoR horses and promoting high standards of welfare and ensuring we continue to care for and rehome vulnerable former racehorses.”
“The race night is a chance to show people what RoR is all about. As such, we are delighted that the RoR Musical Ride display team will be in action. The team represents the grass roots of the charity’s work and is comprised of racehorses of varying degrees of ability, however, what all the horses have in common is their successful transition to a life after racing and that each has found a fulfilling second career.
“For the parade in the paddock between races, the Musical Ride will be joined by Purple Moon, who represents the successful racehorse who has gone on to excel in another discipline. Through his victories in the show-ring, as well as his quirky photo’s away from it, Purple Moon, and his rider Chantal Wootten, have become great ambassadors for RoR, but a key message to get across is that we also work on behalf of the thousands of less well-known former racehorses who are enjoying new careers away from the spotlight.”
The race night will see the launch of RoR Source-a-Horse, an online for sale site where former racehorses can be advertised for sale or loan.
Of this initiative, Di Arbuthnot added: “As demand grows, it is important that there are more and varied options for people to acquire former racehorses. We want to make it easier for owners and trainers to find suitable new homes for horses leaving racing and we also want it understood that on account of their versatility, former racehorses increasingly have a value.”
RoR Source A Horse is a new online for sale site where people can buy, sell or loan former racehorses. It’s free to advertise or, for just £5, vendors can include video footage. For more information visit www.rorsourceahorse.org.uk