Apprentice Wanted

To apply for the job below please complete the application form here and email to or post to BTRC, Whinney Hill, Aughton Road, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6PQ

Closing Date: 17th May 2019

BTRC To Deliver BHS Training Day ‘A Holistic Approach to Training’

BTRC is teaming up with The British Horse Society (North West) to deliver this exciting event. The day is open to all equine and enthusiasts and will count as CPD for BHS Accredited Coaches.

The age old saying ‘Horses for courses’ still stands the tests of time, but how carefully do we assess the needs of our horses for the job we are asking them to do? This fascinating training day will cover:

  • Initial assessments
  • Diagnosis – identifying pain or behaviour
  • Suitable training for realistic goals
  • Sustainability – effective maintenance

Receive expert knowledge from our veterinary consultant, Gordon Sidlow (BVMS MRCVS), FEI 5* Vet and BTRC CEO Gillian Carlisle, (BHSII, SM) along with experts in nutrition and farriery.

When: Monday 25th March 2019
Where: The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

Booking details available here

Racing Foundation Fund New BTRC Horse Lorry

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new BTRC Horse Lorry. After receiving a generous grant from The Racing Foundation, we were able to secure a new horse lorry that would assist with the transportation of our BTRC horses. Whether that be; an emergency trip to the vets, collecting vulnerable horses in need of our help, a day out to the Races to promote our work, or visits to local training shows to assist with our retraining programme. The new horse lorry can carry up to 4 horses and has plenty of storage space for tack etc..

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Holker Hall Pleasure Hack is Back!

For the third year running, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre are holding the popular Holker Hall Pleasure Hack again. This year it will take place on Saturday 7th April 2018.

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.

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Volunteering Made Easy with the New ‘Do-It for Horse Racing’ Website

A new site designed to help horseracing charities and other organisations in the sport recruit volunteers has been launched with the support of The Racing Foundation. –

This facility is designed to be a one-stop shop to encourage and distribute support for all of horseracing’s volunteer activity, and sits within the Racing Together website.

The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre feature on the website and have different opportunities available to passionate volunteers.

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BTRC Right You Are Shortlisted in Final Three for ROR Horse of the Year 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share the fantastic news that BTRC Right You Are has made it down to the final three in the running to become ROR Horse of the Year 2017.

The ROR awards acknowledge and celebrate the versatility of former racehorses across a range of disciplines, with prizes awarded to the RoR elite winners in dressage, polo, eventing, endurance and showing. The final award on the night is the prestigious RoR Horse of the Year, sponsored by The Jockey Club, and won in 2016 by Monet’s Garden.

BTRC staff member Charlotte Bowery has had Righty on loan since 2012 and has put so much hard work into producing him. Right You Are was retired from racing in 2010 due to injury and has since overcome significant adversity, undertaking the journey from being a vulnerable horse who’s welfare was at risk to one that competes successfully in British Dressage classes.

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BTRC first to be approved in new BHS Approval Scheme for Retraining Centres

For the first time since the welfare of retired racehorses was thrust into the spotlight in 1991, an approval system is to be introduced for retraining centres in order to promote best practice.

The British Horse Society (BHS), who have been working in collaboration with the Lancaster-based British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, will now include retraining centres in their BHS Approved Centre Scheme. This initiative is supported by the British Horseracing Authority-backed Retraining of Racehorses.

Whilst racehorse trainers and riding schools must have a licence to operate anyone, skilled or not, can set up a Retraining Centre.

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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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