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At The Races Launches ‘Voice Of Racing’ Project To Support Sir Peter O’sullevan Charitable Trust And Injured Jockeys

At The Races (“ATR”), in partnership with Racing Post and The Irish Field, have announced the launch of the inaugural ‘Voice Of Racing’ project, a fundraising initiative which will allow those who love horseracing to give something back to three of the sport’s most important charities – The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust and the UK and Irish Injured Jockeys Funds.

‘Voice Of Racing’ is a clear reference to Peter himself but also an invitation to the sport to come together and put something back for those participants, human and equine, who need it most.

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Sun Shines for Holker Hall Pleasure Hack

MORE THAN 100 riders took part in a unique opportunity to ride from the famous Cartmel Racecourse to Holker Hall thanks to the BTRC Ride for Retraining campaign. The sun was shining as riders enjoyed a leisurely hack through woodland trails, pristine parkland and rolling hills, taking in the stunning scenery of Cumbria’s coastline whilst raising money for the charity.

In only its second year, the event offered a new longer route for riders to enjoy. The new route ran through private parts of Holker Hall that are usually unseen to the public. It proved very popular with 70% of riders choosing to enjoy the hack for as long as possible by taking the longer route!

Ailsa Gibson said of the event ‘Thank you for a great ride today, so well organised and marshalled, and a lovely area. Was great to ride on Holker Hall land for once.’

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Over £1,000 Raised at Virgin London Marathon

This year The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre secured a Silver Bond charity place in the Virgin London Marathon to aid their fund raising.

Tom Marks was the lucky representative who had the hard job of ‘Running for Retraining’ the whole 26.2 miles. Tom is a member of the Southdown Blood Hounds and runs as the quarry. His partner is a keen rider and he supports her in her equine interests. Tom said he is keen to run the marathon in support of a cause he is passionate about.

Tom managed to raise over £1,000 for BTRC and says ‘It was extremely hard but of course well worth it. I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to run for you guys (BTRC)’. Tom’s fundraising page is still open should you wish to donate to say well done and in turn help give retired racehorses a long and enjoyable life – please click here.

The BTRC are now in the process of looking for a supporter to run on their behalf in the 2018 London Marathon. If you are interested, please email lauren@thetrc.co.uk

Unique Holker Hall Pleasure Hack 2017

Following on from huge success last year, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre are holding the Holker Hall Pleasure Hack again for the second year running.

This unique hacking opportunity allows you to ride from Cartmel Racecourse and around Holker Hall whilst taking in some of Cumbria’s most idyllic countryside. This fantastic opportunity is to help The BTRC raise funds towards their work with retired racehorses.

The walk and trot only ride is approximately 8 miles (shorter route available) and consists of woodland trails, country lanes and park land riding with  stunning views of the coast. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult walking or riding. Adults cost £20 and children £10, the cost of entry includes first aid for all riders.

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Running for Retraining – BTRC Supporter Set to Run 2017 London Marathon

This year The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre have secured a Silver Bond charity place in the Virgin London Marathon to aid their fund raising.

Taking up the post of ‘Running for Retraining’ is BTRC supporter Tom Marks. Tom is a member of the Southdown Blood Hounds and runs as the quarry. His partner is a keen rider and he supports her in her equine interests. Tom said he is keen to run the marathon in support of a cause he is passionate about.

Tom’s aim is to raise £1,500 for the BTRC to help support the work the Centre do with retired racehorses.

If you would like to support Tom on his 26 mile journey and in turn help give retired racehorses a long and enjoyable life – please click here to donate. Any amount, small or large will be a great help.

Former Racehorses Help Broaden Career Opportunities for Equestrian Students

Four former racehorses are showing their adaptability through a scheme to introduce more equestrian students to Thoroughbreds and encourage careers in the racing industry.

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre have loaned four retired and retrained Thoroughbreds to Reaseheath Equestrian College in Nantwich as part of a pilot scheme.

A number of equestrian students qualify from college each year but, because they have never had any experience working with, or riding Thoroughbreds, they are reluctant to consider working in the horseracing sector – a sector which has a number of exciting opportunities up and down the country – and this is something the BTRC is keen to rectify through this scheme.

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BTRC Acquire New Mascot!

15621600_10154857124128953_1431558465052774488_nA charity isn’t complete until they have their own mascot and it’s no different for The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre! As a new year dawns, BTRC welcome in 2017 with their new mascot – BTRC Enygma.

Enygma, or Wash Bear as she is known at the centre, is on loan from World Horse Welfare Penny Farm. BTRC are delighted to be able to work with and support World Horse Welfare, whose mission is to work with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and governments to help improve welfare standards and stamp out horse suffering in the UK and worldwide.

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Job Vacancy: Head of Retraining

job-vacancyFollowing a recent restructure the BTRC is looking for a permanent Head of Retraining to lead the daily operations of a 40 stable, 200-acre equestrian centre. The main focus lies in the development of retired racehorses for varied equestrian purposes.

Other duties include overseeing the rehoming process, liaison with potential and existing loanees and directing staff development whilst working closely with vets, farriers and other service providers to provide excellent all round equine care.

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Betfred BTRC Race Day a Great Success

befunky-collageWith the aim of promoting the work of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) during its 25th Anniversary year the charity enjoyed a successful day at Aintree Racecourse for the Betfred BTRC Day.

Thanks to the generosity of race goers, The BTRC raised more than £4,000 through the sale of the sweepstake tickets. Donations, sales of merchandise, wheel of fortune and a delicious lunch in the Sefton Room hosted by BTRC Chairman also raised money on the day.

The world’s biggest independent bookmaker, Betfred kindly offered the day to The BTRC to assist them with their on-going fundraising to build new stables at the centre in Lancashire. Caroline Davis, Betfred Sponsorship Executive said: “Betfred BTRC Day was a great success. We were delighted to collaborate with the BTRC on our race day and help raise awareness and money. Between our on-course competition for which every entry received we donated £1, combined with the Betfred Wheel Of Fortune we’re pleased to say we raised £500 for this fantastic charity.”

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