COVID-19 Support from Racing Industry

For all charities such as The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre these are extremely challenging times. We would therefore like to express our sincere thanks to the Racing Industry for acknowledging the vital work that we do, in particular the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), Racing Foundation and Retraining of Racehorses who have provided our Charity with much needed financial support during this crisis.

Many of our wonderful supporters have been continuing their donations and assisting BTRC in anyway they can. If you are reading this and would like to donate to support BTRC during these uncertain times, please click here.

BTRC Deliver at the International Eventing Forum

BTRC were honoured to be invited to deliver a demonstration at the International Eventing Forum on 3rd February 2020 at Hartpury College.
The International Eventing Forum is the brain child of a group of experienced equestrian professionals who are passionate about the sport of eventing. They do say that ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ and from its inaugural date in 2004, the Forum has grown and developed into the ‘must attend’ pre-season fixture that it is today. An essential date for riders and trainers of all levels of experience and ambition in the sport of eventing, the Forum brings the highest calibre of speakers, from Olympic Gold Medallists to the trainers of Olympic Gold Medallists, together with ‘demo’ riders of varying levels of experience and horses of all shapes, sizes and abilities, to offer attendees genuine insights into how to train better, safer and smarter, for improved and long-lasting performance results.

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BTRC Join List of Speakers at International Eventing Forum

BTRC are honoured to be delivering a demonstration at the up-coming International Eventing Forum on Monday 3rd February 2020 at Hartpury College. CEO Gillian Carlisle will be delivering an insightful demonstration with some of our BTRC horses discussing the importance of Thoroughbreds in eventing and the process of taking a horse off the track and the associated challenges that may be faced.

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BTRC Christmas Appeal 2019

BTRC Christmas Appeal 2019 🎅🎄🎁⛄️ … can you help us by donating any old over reach boots you no longer use? Or maybe you would like to donate £5 to help us purchase a pair? Use the secure link below to donate to our Christmas Appeal
If you wish to post us a pair, odd ones or single ones please post to BTRC Whinney Hill, Aughton Road, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6PQ 🐎❤️

Working Together with the JRA

In August 2019 we were delighted to welcome Masataka Kudo from the Japan Racing Association (JRA). Masakata is responsible for the development of the retraining of retired racehorse programme in Japan. He joined BTRC for 3 weeks to learn about the retraining process and to share best practice and procedures.

L-R: BTRC Consultant Vet Gordon Sidlow, Masataka Kudo and BTRC CEO Gillian Carlisle
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Due to the unprecedented British weather we have had to Cancel the Open Day. We hope to reschedule for Saturday 21st September.Keep you eyes on our website for more updates.

ROA Enjoy a Visit to BTRC

We were delighted to welcome members from the Racehorse Owners Association to the Centre on Monday 22nd July. The ROA promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in Great Britain and has a membership of over 8,000. Some of their members came down to find out more about our work.

Gillian talks to some of the members about the re-homing process at BTRC.

The members were taken on a tour of the facilities by BTRC CEO Gillian Carlisle, learning more about the way in which we rehabilitate, retrain and re-home our retired racehorses. They met almost all of the horses and finished watching some of the staff training the horses in the arena.

We had some great feedback…
“Thought the visit to the BTRC was brilliant – what passion and love!”

“The Centre was brilliant and their enthusiasm and love for the horses stood out.”

BTRC did a fantastic job of providing an interesting and informative insight into their brilliant work and their facilities – so glad we went!’

If your group would like to arrange a visit to the BTRC please contact

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