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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

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Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

20 January 2020

‘He’s changed my life’ – RoR Award winner praises ex-racehorse for helping her with depression

The RoR Awards held in Newmarket on Saturday drew a wide equestrian audience united in their passion and belief in the potential of former racehorses to excel across many other disciplines, regardless of their achievements on the track.

The charity was celebrating its first 20 years, which one of its key founders, Lady Emma Balding reflected was ‘not a promising start, but now is accepted by so many  professionals’.

The title of RoR Horse of the Year, sponsored by The Jockey Club, was awarded to Quadrille, owned and bred by HM The Queen. Dressage rider Louise Robson has developed this talented Flat horse into the highest performing thoroughbred on the UK dressage circuit.

“I am sure Her Majesty will be delighted. She has followed his progress since the first day we had him. And if Quadrille’s example encourages others to get a former racehorse and take up dressage or simply to hack it around for fun, that would be wonderful,” said his rider.

A life-enhancing partnership

A new Award, the RoR Horse Personality of the Year was selected by author Jilly Cooper CBE  from 250 nominations and went to Ned Causer for his life-enriching partnership with owner Sarah Peacock.

“To win this award is just an amazing moment and I can’t believe that Ned has done this,” said Sarah. “He has really changed my life. I’ve suffered from depression and it is quite a debilitating illness and Ned has been such a turning point since we got him on New Year’s Day last year.

“We did our first dressage test together and I thought I was never going to be able to get out in front of people because I was so nervous and I put a lot of pressure on myself. But he helped me through it.”

Sarah Peacock accepted the Paul Mellon Trophy, named in honour of the late Paul Mellon in recognition of the generous bequest from his estate to RoR when the charity was first established in 2000.

Find out more about Retraining of Racehorses:

http://www.ror.org.uk

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