The third running of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) National Championships gets underway at Aintree’s International Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 22nd August, the event runs through to the weekend, concluding with the ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships.
A record number of nearly 300 former racehorses have been entered for the six-day extravaganza, including Grade 1 winners such as Monet’s Garden, Grand Crus and Peddlers Cross. The event features the RoR National Dressage Championships, jumping classes and the ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships. Entry for the public is free on all on six days, from Tuesday 22nd August to Sunday 27thAugust.
In addition to the top class line-up of equine talent, at the concluding Gala Evening on Sunday Lady Chanelle McCoy will be judging the Glamour Stakes and sporting soprano and Aintree Ambassador, Laura Wright, will be performing a repertoire of classical hits.
In their careers on the racecourse the 283 horses with entries at the championships competed in 4,707 races, won 560 races and £6.6 million in prize money. As well as Grade 1 winners, several former favourites with racegoers hold entries, including Annacotty, Midnight Chase, Monkerty Tunkerty and Mad Moose.
Also entered are many established RoR stars of the show-ring, including previous winners at the National Championships, Beware Chalk Pit, Master Of Arts, Monet’s Garden and Nicene Creed, along with winners of major showing classes this year, such as Barbers Shop and Imperial Ruby. Notable horses holding dressage entries include two of The Queen’s horses, Quadrille and Prince’s Trust, and Namibian, who has enjoyed success in Para-dressage.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), said: “It is going to be a special week for the charity, one where the former racehorse will truly hold centre stage and show off their talents in a range of disciplines against the best of their peers. The quality and quantity of the entries is testament to the hard work of our team at Aintree and as a result we are very much looking forward to a fabulous six days of competition.
“Our thanks again to all the parties who have supported RoR qualifying classes, the finals of which are being held at Aintree and, in particular, the Racehorses Owners Association and Goffs UK for their sponsorship of the National Showing Championships.”
Carly Sage, Aintree Equestrian Centre Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have in total over 1,000 entries from the 290 former racehorses competing. It’s also great to see equine legends such as Monet’s Garden, Midnight Chase, Mad Moose and Grands Crus joining us, which shows great depth in the quality of horses as well as an exceptional growth in numbers competing in such an important event for the sport.
“Although only in its third year, the RoR National Championships has already established itself as a key event in our calendar and shows the priority Aintree and racing puts on the welfare of horses.
“As well as the fantastic equine displays, we’re delighted to have Lady Chanelle McCoy to judge the style stakes and sporting soprano and Aintree ambassador, Laura Wright performing at the RoR Gala evening event.
“It’s free to attend all six days with plenty of different Equestrian events taking place – we look forward to a fabulous six days of competition.”
The ROA and Goffs UK National Showing Championships take place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27thAugust, the highlights on the final day are the RoR Elite Showing Series Final and the crowning of the ROA and Goffs UK Supreme Champion, worth £2,500 to the winner. Other championship finals on the weekend include The Jockey Club RoR Novice Show Series Final, RoR Amateur Ridden Showing Series and RoR Open In Hand Showing Series Final, the RoR / Tattersalls Special Final and the RoR Veteran Championship.
For the first time, Aintree will host the RoR Dressage Championships and these run from Tuesday to Thursday, while a highlight on Friday will be the RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge Final.
RoR is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The welfare of the racehorse begins long before it reaches a racecourse and ends long after its racing career and Aintree’s partnership with RoR as well as British Racing’s The Horse Comes First initiative, which aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing, shows the priority Aintree and The Jockey Club puts on the welfare of horses, not only when they compete but after they retire as well.
Entry is free to the public on all six days of the RoR Championships at Aintree Racecourse.