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24 May 2023

Save The Date – RoR National Championships

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has announce the dates for the annual The Jockey Club RoR National Championships, held at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August, featuring classes for showing, dressage, arena eventing and showjumping, culminating with the crowning of The RoR Elite Performance Award for Dressage and The Tattersalls RoR Ridden Showing Series Supreme Champion during Saturday’s evening performance.

The four-day event, sponsored by The Jockey Club, is one of the most prestigious events for former racehorses to be held in Great Britain. It showcases the versatility of the thoroughbred, as well as highlighting the many different second career options available to racehorses, once their racing days come to an end.

RoR recognises that it is a tough economic climate and this year competitors will see a number of minor changes to the format of the classes to help streamline the show and ensure a more sustainable model is set for the future. The charity is also delighted to be increasing its collaboration with associate equestrian partners, such as British Showjumping, to make the National Championships a great success and continue to grow in the years to come.

RoR Managing Director David Catlow looks forward to his first National Championship and adds: “The work that goes into preparing these horses for the championships demonstrates how well they are cared for in this country. If we are to protect the welfare of retired racehorses, then building a pyramid of classes and competitions to encourage participation is just as important as building an equine welfare safety net that provides expert care to horses in need.”

The full schedule is to be released in the upcoming weeks.

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About RoR

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The charity’s four core roles and responsibilities can be summarised as follows, RoR:

• Creates a demand for former racehorses through opportunities to participate and compete in a range of equine disciplines and therapeutic activities;
• Educates owners and riders who take responsibility for former racehorses;
• Facilitates the transition to a second career for horses leaving racing; and
• Protects the welfare of former racehorses, in particular those in need of charitable support and care.

RoR annually stages over 40 separate competition series across 15 different disciplines, catering for all levels of ability, from grassroots to elite. The disciplines include dressage, showing, polo, eventing, show jumping, endurance, hunting and horseball. For more information please visit: www.ror.org.uk

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