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19 January 2024

RoR unveils strategic roadmap: seeking full industry support to achieve targets

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has revealed their new three-year strategy in response to the societal changes and debate around racing’s social licence to operate. This strategy outlines RoR’s goals and roadmap with a much-needed long view on the delivery and expansion of RoR’s charitable work in the aftercare of former racehorses.

David Catlow, Managing Director of RoR, said: “Our strategy is ambitious, but it comes at a time of real need. RoR now requires the full support of the industry and the commitment of the funding required to build on our core activities and maximise our impact.

“Our welfare and support work is embedded through our strategy. Concurrently, increasing the demand for former racehorses, educational initiatives, traceability and building the RoR community are vital components aimed at proactively addressing potential welfare issues.

“Universal support for our strategy will serve as a powerful testament to the industry’s commitment to aftercare. A successfully delivered strategy will position British racing with an aftercare structure to be truly proud of, reflecting positively on the entire industry.”

Chair of the RoR Board, Philp Freedman, added: “At its core, this strategy clarifies RoR’s position as the leading provider of strategic support and direction of aftercare, as set out in the recommendations of the 2021 Aftercare Funding Review. It is about ensuring that, through RoR’s activities and racing’s commitment to aftercare, no racehorse ever faces uncertainty or neglect once their racing days are over. We look forward to collaborating with our stakeholders, members, and our external partners to deliver this strategy.”

RoR’s key charitable objectives will focus on seven ‘pillars of activity’ – welfare and support; retraining standards; education and community; increasing demand and raising awareness; traceability; fundraising, marketing and communications; and people, governance, finance and sustainability. All of which are underpinned by the overarching objective to safeguard the wellbeing of all former racehorses.

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