World Horse Welfare is one of only six public groups to be given access to view Frankel in his new home at Banstead Manor Stud this year.
Unbeaten in his 14-race career, Frankel is the highest-rated racehorse in the world – and the charity, accompanied by Chairman’s Circle members and selected guests met the superstar Frankel in Newmarket this September.
World Horse Welfare’s Director of Fundraising, John Blake says:
“It was an absolute privilege for our group to visit this private venue and to see Frankel looking so magnificent and settled in his beautiful new surroundings.
Everyone fell silent as Frankel walked up in front of the group: an amazing experience and quite a different story from the neglected horses and ponies our supporters are used to seeing.”
The day started at the nearby British Racing School, which is a comprehensive and modern training facility where ex-racehorses play an important role in teaching aspiring jockeys. After a tour and lunch, the group was joined by leading Flat jockey Neil Callan, a former apprentice and all-weather champion. Neil gave an interesting insight into his life in the saddle and the improvements to horse welfare in the sport since his career began.
World Horse Welfare supports the responsible use of horses in sport and is an independent welfare advisor to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The charity works to help ensure regulators and all those involved in the world of horse sport meet their responsibilities to their horses. The charity has a significant amount of sporting knowledge and believes that the welfare of the horse in sport must be paramount over all other considerations, commercial and competitive.
For more information on World Horse Welfare visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org