Twenty times champion jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy, has been appointed a patron of British racing’s official equine charity, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
McCoy joins fellow Channel 4 Racing presenter, Clare Balding, as one of two patrons for the charity that promotes the versatility and adaptability of racehorses so they can enjoy a new life after racing.
Following a career of unparalleled success, Tony McCoy retired from the saddle in April 2015 after securing his twentieth consecutive champion jump jockeys’ title. In January, his appointment as President of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund was announced and his role as a patron of RoR is his first official appointment with an equine charity.
In McCoy’s absence, the title of champion jump jockey is set to be won by Richard Johnson, who himself is an ambassador for RoR, along with former champion flat jockey and dual Derby winning rider, Frankie Dettori.
The announcement of McCoy’s appointment as patron crowns a busy week for RoR. On Monday it was announced that singer Jess Glynne will be making a donation to RoR from her fee for performing at four Jockey Club Live race nights this summer and on Thursday at Aintree, on day one of the Crabbies Grand National Festival, ten re-trained horses line-up in a high profile parade sponsored by the Racing Post. The week also sees the publication of the charity’s 2015 annual review.
Tony McCoy said of his appointment:
“It is an honour to have been asked to take on the role of patron of RoR. As I said on my retirement, I rode in nearly 18,000 races and I owe a debt to all the horses I rode, as without them none of my success would have been possible. So I am delighted to be in a position where I can assist in promoting the increasingly varied options available for racehorses after racing.
“During their racing careers, thanks to the care provided by trainers and their stable staff, racehorses are incredibly well looked after. RoR’s work helps ensure that the level of care and overall welfare provided to horses in-training is maintained after they leave racing.”
Paul Roy, Chairman of RoR, said:
“We are delighted that AP has accepted the role of patron of RoR. He is an inspiration to so many and a wonderful ambassador for horseracing.
“AP joins us at a time when the charity is undergoing a period of sustained growth. There are now over 11,500 horses on our database registered as active in equine disciplines outside of racing. And with increasing levels of participation in RoR classes and activities, we are investing more and more into education and training programmes to match the demand among owners for taking on former racehorses.
“The popularity of the RoR classes across a range of disciplines has not, however, led to any complacency in terms of the charity’s commitment to looking after vulnerable horses. We continue to work with and fund RoR recognised centres so they can take-in and re-home vulnerable horses and the collaborative pilot scheme introduced with World Horse Welfare in 2015 has been a success and will be extended.”
In his foreword for the Annual Review, the Chairman, Paul Roy, concludes: “RoR has now established itself as one of the leading British equine charities, promoting the highest standards of equine welfare and its work provides evidence to support the racing industry’s message that the sport truly cares about its horses both during and after their racing careers.”